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Backed by state and local officials, Gov. Tim Pawlenty Wednesday releases the 2010 transportation construction plan. The state plans to spend $1.3 billion, a combination of federal and state money. Pioneer Photo/Don Davis

Minnesota officials announce $1.3 billion in transportation projects

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota motorists will see more orange barrels than ever this summer after state officials Wednesday announced they will spend a record $1.3 billion on transportation projects.

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Of the 283 projects on the Minnesota Department of Transportation's 2010 list, 217 are on highways. The remaining projects deal with railroads, ports and transit.

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