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10/26/2016

Governor Mark Dayton last night issued a letter to Representative Tim Kelly, Chair of the House Transportation Policy and Finance Committee, calling out House Republicans for blocking $105 million in transportation investments funded by the federal FAST Act. This move will block more than 28 highway, road, and bridge projects in over a dozen communities across Minnesota.



In his letter, Governor Dayton calls the objections from House Republicans to the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s recent Legislative Advisory Commission request to be “lacking in substance and merit,” noting that the House Republican Transportation Chair failed to produce a significant transportation funding package to utilize these federal dollars and provide a long-term transportation solution for the state.



“As Chair of the House Transportation Committee for the past two years, you have had ample opportunity to work with your colleagues in the Senate and send to my desk a significant transportation funding package that not only utilizes these federal dollars, but provides a long-term approach to fix our crumbling highway road and bridge infrastructure for the next generation,” wrote Governor Dayton. “Unfortunately for Minnesota, you have wasted your opportunity as Chair to act in that regard.”



The Governor’s letter stresses that, due to this funding being blocked by House Republicans, road and bridge projects in communities like Forest Lake, Bagley, New Ulm, Winona, Pine River, Hallock, Fairmont, Worthington, Foley, New Richland, Farmington, Savage, and Shakopee, among others, will now face delays.



“In order for the residents of these communities to enjoy the benefits of improved transportation infrastructure, I call on you to be responsible, withdraw your objection to this LAC request, and allow these projects to proceed on schedule,” wrote Governor Dayton. “Do not end your legislative career acting as an obstructionist to needed progress on highways, roads and bridges.”



The Governor’s letter comes in response to a letter sent by the House Republican Transportation Chair to the administration last week, laying out the Representative’s opposition to approving and investing these federal funds in transportation projects throughout Minnesota communities.



About FAST Act Funding

Under the federal FAST Act passed in December, 2015, Minnesota received an increase in funding for our highway construction program. This increase will amount to a $105 million reimbursement of federal funding for the 2016-2017 biennium.



Federal law requires states to commit to the increase, or lose the federal funding. However, the Minnesota Legislature must authorize the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to participate in this reimbursement. Because the 2016 legislature failed to pass a transportation bill that would authorize this funding, MnDOT requested that the Legislative Advisory Commission (LAC) approve this federal funding. House Republicans have now blocked this request.



Roads, Bridges, and Communities Affected

Under the obstruction of House Republicans, the $105 million in rejected federal funding could delay needed highway, road, and bridge projects in communities across Minnesota. Below, see some of the projects that would be affected.

MN 15
Fairmont
Martin
MN 15, FROM JOHNSON STREET TO 0.05 MI S OF GOEMANN RD IN FAIRMONT
Road Work

US 169
Virginia
St. Louis
US 169 NB &SB, IN VIRGINIA, FROM .07 MI W CR-109 TO JCT 53 (HOOVER RD)
Bridge Work

MN 11
International Falls
Koochiching
MN 11, FROM W JCT MN 71 TO 0.3 MI W JCT CSAH 332
Road Work

MN 175
Hallock
Kittson
MN 175, FROM E END BR 35005 OVER THE RED RIVER TO S. EMERSON AVE IN HALLOCK, & ON US 75, FROM 4TH ST TO 110' N OF 8TH ST, IN HALLOCK
Road Work

MN 197
Bemidji
Beltrami
MN 197, NB & SB FROM 7TH ST SW TO 3RD ST NW
Road Work

US 2
Bagley, Wilton
Clearwater
US 2, EB & WB FROM BAGLEY TO WILTON
Road Work

MN 6
Remer
Cass, Itasca
MN 6, FROM JCT MN 200 IN REMER TO CASS/ITASCA CO LINE
Road Work

MN 84
Pine River
Cass
MN 84, IN PINE RIVER, FROM CASS CSAH 1 TO JCT MN 200
Road Work

MN 25
Foley
Benton, Morrison
MN 25, FROM JCT MN 23 IN FOLEY TO BENTON/MORRISON CO LINE
Road Work

MN 25
Genola
Benton, Morrison
MN 25, FROM BENTON/MORRISON COUNTY LINE TO 123 ST IN GENOLA
Road Work

US 59
Montevideo
Swift
ON US 59, FROM TH 119 TO TH 12, AND AT BRIDGE #76002
Road Work

MN 29
Benson
Swift
ON TH 29, FROM S OF OAKWOOD AVE. TO CHIPPEWA RIVER, ON TH 9, FROM CHIPPEWA RIVER TO N OF CSAH 104. ON TH 12, FROM 181/2ND ST S TO W OF CSAH 25
Road Work

MN 43
Winona
Winona
WORK PACKAGE #6 - COMPLETE ROADWAY APPROACHES FOR BRIDGES 85851
AND 5900, RECONSTRUCTION BRIDGE 5900 AND COMPLETE BRIDGE 85851
Road Work

US 14
Winona
Winona
ON US 14, REPLACE PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE 85003 NEAR ST MARY'S UNIVERSITY CAMPUS IN WINONA
Bridge Work

MN 15
Fairmont
Martin
MN 15, FROM JOHNSON STREET TO 0.05 MI S OF GOEMANN RD IN FAIRMONT
Road Work

US 14
New Ulm
Brown
US 14, FROM 0.1 MI E OF CSAH 27 TO THE WEST LIMITS OF NEW ULM
Road Work

US 59
Worthington
Nobles
US 59, FROM N JCT TH 60 TO I90 IN WORTHINGTON
Road Work

MN 4
Sleepy Eye
Nicollet, Renville
MN 4, FROM JCT TH 68 TO THE NICOLLET/RENVILLE COUNTY LINE
Road Work

MN 13
New Richland
Waseca
MN 13, TH 30 IN NEW RICHLAND TO 0.9 MI S OF JCT TH 14, REHAB BR#81001 & 81002
Road Work

US 71
Willmar
Kandiyohi
US 71, N OF JCT MN 23 TO N OF JCT MN 9
Road Work

US 71
Willmar
Kandiyohi
US 71, JCT US 71/KANDIYOHI CSAH 40 & ALSO AT US 71/CSAH 29
Road Work

US 71

Kandiyohi
US 71, JCT US 71/MN 9
Road Work

MN 4
Fairfax
Renville
MN 4, MN 68 TO MN 19 (FAIRFAX)
Road Work

US 59
Marshall
Lyon
US 59, US 59 & LYON CSAH 6
Road Work

I 35W
Bloomington
Hennepin
I35W, 86TH STREET BRIDGE OVER I35W IN BLOOMINGTON-REPLACE OLD BRIDGE #9039 WITH NEW BRIDGE # 27W40
Bridge Work

MN 50
Farmington, Hampton
Dakota
MN50, FROM MN3 IN FARMINGTON TO US52 IN HAMPTON
Road Work

MN 13
Savage, Burnsville, Shakopee
Scott
MN13, FROM JCT OF TH 901B IN SAVAGE TO 0.4 MI E WASHBURN AVE IN BURNSVILLE AND ON TH 901B, FROM 0.1 MI W OF TH 169 IN SHAKOPEE TO JCT WITH MN13
Road Work

US 52
Coates, Hampton
Dakota
US52, FROM JCT WITH CSAH 86 TO CSAH 46 IN DAKOTA COUNTY
Grade and Surface

MN 97
Forest Lake
Washington
MN97, AT 11ST (MSAS 135) IN FOREST LAKE
Grade and Surface




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