I also understand that this plan is only designed to allocate the existing sources of transportation revenue, and that these funding mechanisms are limited and diminishing. And I know moving forward, there are still funding opportunities available for Highway 14 under the new Corridors of Commerce program, which doesn’t require a project to be included in the 20-year plan to be eligible.
However, Highway 14 still needs to be considered a state priority.
The Department is asking for public input on the plan, and I’m calling on the communities of the Highway 14 corridor to provide it. You can go to http://www.dot.state.mn.us/planning/mnship/participate.html to submit a written comment. Otherwise, MnDOT is hosting a statewide public hearing on July 29.
You could stop by one of the MnDOT offices in Mankato, Rochester, or Owatonna to take part in the video conference and make a case for Highway 14. Your input will help provide our state’s leaders the support they need to do something meaningful for Minnesota’s transportation system.
Les Abraham is president of the U.S. Highway 14 Partnership/Owatonna City Council