State officials say they've squeezed a few dollars out of two major bridge projects—$50 million, actually—and will now use the money to make repairs on two interstates.
The money was "found" in design changes to the St. Croix Crossing Bridge project south of Stillwater and in the pending replacement of the Eisenhower Bridge over the Mississippi River in Red Wing.
On the St. Croix, they say they saved $30 million by "advancing parts of the project schedule and enhancing the design of highway bridges on the Minnesota side to reduce project costs." And in Red Wing, costs were reduced by $20 million "by adjusting the design to meet future capacity needs."
The funding will now be used on two big freeway projects, one in the metro—on I-494—and on I-90 in southern Minnesota: