Highway 14 Partnership continues to push for funding
- Chambers from Rochester to New Ulm send letters Requesting Hwy 14 funding to House and Senate Transportation Chairs and the Governor
By Joe Steck – Mankato Times
MANKATO, MINN. — The U.S. Highway 14 Partnership along with Chambers of Commerce across the Highway 14 Corridor recently sent a package of letters to the Senator Scott Newman, Chair of the Senate House and Senate Transportation Committee, Representative Paul Torkelson, Chair of the House Transportation Committee and Governor Mark Dayton.
Communities along the 100 mile stretch of Highway between Rochester and New Ulm have waited for 45 years for Highway 14 to become a continuous four-lane highway.
Karen Foreman, President of the U.S. Highway 14 Partnership, wrote a cover letter to the Transportation Chairs and the Governor which asks for funding to complete Highway 14 from Rochester to New Ulm.
“The Environmental Impact Statement for the 12.5 miles between Owatonna and Dodge Center is reaching its ten year anniversary. MnDOT is scheduling a resurfacing of the 12 miles between Nicollet and New Ulm, pushing the completion of that section out at least 10 years or more. The need to complete the expansion of U.S Highway 14 is urgent, and we look to you to find a way to finish this longstanding project. The economic future of Southern Minnesota depends upon it.”
Letters calling upon state leaders to sign a transportation funding bill to complete the Highway 14 project were submitted by the following organizations: Greater Mankato Growth, Journey to Growth Partnership, Region 9 Development Commission, New Ulm Chamber of Commerce, Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce and the Waseca Area Chamber of Commerce.
Link to Highway 14 Partnership Letters