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Knife River Materials - Northern Minnesota Division will have a busy summer, working on three large Minnesota Department of Transportation projects. The division has secured contracts totaling more than $30 million to repave sections of Minnesota Trunk Highways 11, 71 and 2.
The $13 million Trunk Highway 11 work consists of approximately 18.4 miles of grading, milling, hot-mix asphalt overlay and culvert replacement. This project is located in Koochiching County near the Canadian border.
The second contract on Trunk Highway 71 for $10.7 million involves resurfacing 6.2 miles in Beltrami and Hubbard Counties. This repave project is more complex and includes bridge work and retaining walls, putting the completion date into 2011.
On Trunk Highway 2 in Polk County near Crookston, crews will mill out approximately 10.4 miles of the existing roadway and lay down hot-mix asphalt. The contract is for this work is $6.5 million.
All three jobs involve reclaiming the old asphalt to be reused in the new road surface.
"This work showcases our paving expertise and is a great boost for our division," said Knife River Materials President Doug Muyres. "That expertise and our history of quality work allow Knife River Materials to gain new work in an increasingly competitive market."
Knife River Materials - Northern Minnesota Division employs more than 240 people during peak construction season. The company provides a full range of construction services and materials for land developers, public agencies, institutions, contractors and homeowners.
Knife River Corporation mines aggregates and markets crushed stone, sand, gravel and related construction materials, including ready-mixed concrete, cement, asphalt, liquid asphalt and other value-added products. It also performs integrated construction services. Knife River operates in the central, southern and western United States and Alaska and Hawaii. Knife River is an indirect subsidiary of MDU Resources Group, Inc., a Fortune 500 natural resource enterprise traded on the New York Stock Exchange as "MDU."
For more information about Knife River, visit the company's Web site at www.kniferiver.com.
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