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Letter: Dayton's roads and bridges plan deserves support

By Richard G. Andert, Slayton A majority of Minnesota's roads are more than 50 years old, and in the next three years one in five will pass its useful life. Forty percent of our bridges are 40 years old or older. And in the next 10 years, most wi...

By Richard G. Andert, Slayton

A majority of Minnesota’s roads are more than 50 years old, and in the next three years one in five will pass its useful life. Forty percent of our bridges are 40 years old or older. And in the next 10 years, most will be past their useful life.
Gov. Mark Dayton has a plan to fix Minnesota’s deteriorating roads and bridges. This is great news for drivers tired of dodging potholes and feeling bridges shake beneath their cars, as well as businesses that lose money when their shipments are stuck in congestion and products are late to market.
Gov. Dayton’s plan is also good news for Murray County. Under the governor’s proposal, counties will receive a transportation funding increase in funds constitutionally dedicated for repairing roads and bridges. Murray County would receive an additional $1.1 million under Gov. Dayton’s plan.
The proposal also includes funding to update the Minnesota 30 bridge over Beaver Creek; 14 miles of Minnesota 30 from U.S. 59 to west of the Murray-Cottonwood County line; and 30 miles of Minnesota 91 from the Nobles-Murray county line to one mile north of U.S. 14.
In contrast, the Republican majority in the Minnesota House of Representatives has floated a funding proposal that would fix approximately one bridge in the state, nowhere near the true need of repairs that need to be done.
The time to act is now, and I encourage our Murray County Republican legislators, Rep. Joe Schomacker and Sen. Bill Weber, to support Gov. Dayton’s plan.

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