Article by: Tom Monson
Dodge County, MN was recently awarded a $135,450 Transportation Economic Development grant by MnDOT to make safety improvements to MN State Highway 56 in partnership with Con-Tech Manufacturing, Inc.
The CEDA authored grant award will pay for 70% of proposed improvements to build turn and bypass lanes on the highway just south of Dodge Center. Con-Tech Manufacturing, Inc. will pay the 30% match, including engineering and right of way costs. The company also anticipates the traffic improvements will result in 55 additional FTE jobs created by 2022.
Con-Tech Manufacturing, Inc. CFO, Troy Stafford highlighted, “our biggest reason for the project was for community and employee safety which complements being good stewards in the community in which we operate.”
The partnership between Dodge County, Con-Tech Manufacturing, and MnDOT is an exciting example of CEDA’s regional, collaborative role.