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New ramp near Perham celebrated

Perham-area businesses, government leaders and state officials celebrated a uniquely funded construction project at Perham Health last month. New interchange ramps at Highway 10 and Otter Tail County Road 34 near Perham opened in late August.

The interchange project was constructed as the result of a public/private partnership through the Transportation Economic Development Program -- a competitive grant program available to communities for highway improvement and public infrastructure projects that create jobs and support economic development.

"This project stands as an example for the rest of the state of how creative partnerships and financing can work to improve transportation and benefit quality of life in communities across Minnesota," said MnDOT Deputy Commissioner Bernie Arseneau.

TED is funded by the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Local matches were provided by the city of Perham, Otter Tail County, Perham Health, KLN Enterprises and RDO.

In addition to the construction jobs required to build the interchange, the project will support an estimated 240 permanent, well-paying jobs at nearby businesses. The economic development provided by these jobs will support continued growth in Perham and Otter Tail County.

The entrance and exit ramps opened ahead of schedule on Aug. 31. The project also included improvements to Otter Tail County Road 34 and a bicycle/pedestrian trail.