The Free Press, Mankato, MN

December 21, 2013

Interchange best choice for Nicollet, Highway 14

The Mankato Free Press

---- — In the mid-1990s I was the mayor of Nicollet and the Highway 14 four-lane project was being discussed by the Ventura administration. There were community meetings in Nicollet involving residents and elected officials to try and make the most “dangerous highway” in Minnesota safer but funding was diverted to the metro area.

There have been countless more serious injuries accidents accessing Highway 14 then what was discussed. I know because I’ve responded to these personal injury accidents and fatal crashes working for the Nicollet County Sheriff’s office.

I have seen the results of highway speed head-on and right-angle crashes. The number of fatalities between North Mankato and Nicollet is unacceptable and has been for years. We do not want a Band-Aid now to get us by. Highway 14 is used by those of us who live in this community to go to Mankato to go to church, to get groceries and for social events and is often used multiple times a day by residents.

We have been patient and trusting in our elected officials who make the decisions for this important highway.

We believe that those in charge recognize what residents here have gone through living on this highway.

Everyone in in our community knows someone who has died in a violent manner along this highway. Our firemen, EMS workers and police have been asked to respond to crashes year after year hoping that change is coming

This highway has been the one of the most dangerous highways in our state. The engineers know, the state knows and certainly the residents in and around the city of Nicollet understand an interchange is the best and only option and would best serve our community. Please make the right choice.

Marc Chadderdon