Moorhead gets federal approval for reconstruction of I-94 interchange

Dec 1, 2011 Issues: Transportation


(WASHINGTON, DC) – Congressman Collin Peterson and Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration has approved construction of a partial interchange near the new I-94 interchange.

“Throughout the process of the 34th St. interchange project, Moorhead was relying on the retention and reconstruction of the Main Avenue ramp, and we’re glad this was finally confirmed,” Peterson said. “This news means that businesses in the area can count on additional access to and from I-94.”

“The approval of this new interchange is a significant step in helping relieve congestion, improve safety, and support local businesses,” Klobuchar said. “I will continue to work to strengthen Minnesota’s infrastructure and ensure it is among the safest and most reliable in the country.”

“I-94 is an important part of Moorhead’s road system, because it’s often the fastest way to get around town or around the Red River Valley,” said. Sen. Franken. “The area surrounding this interchange supports a thriving business community and employers, workers, and customers need to be able to access those businesses from the interstate. I’m pleased that, going forward, the people of Moorhead will be able to count on better access to and from I-94.”

In October of this year, Peterson, Klobuchar and Franken, wrote a letter to the Federal Highway Administrator, offering support for retention and reconstruction of the Southeast Main Ave/I-94 interchange ramps in Moorhead.

The congressional delegation addressed the concerns of Moorhead City officials and businesses located near the interchange and asked for DOT to offer a final determination in the matter.

The approval letter stated that, “We have approved the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s request to construct a partial interchange near the new I-94 interchange. The interchange will provide safe, efficient access to I-94.”