Waseca and Steele counties formally accepted the settlement this week. MnDOT officials are expected to formally approve the settlement soon.
“This is the fair agreement we asked for from the start,” said Laura Elvebak, Waseca County administrator. “It accounts for the concerns the county had (with the highway).”
Because the settlement uses trunk highway funds, the allocation will have to be passed in an appropriation bill in the Minnesota Legislature next year. Weinberg said that because the settlement does not ask for new funds, it should easily pass without incident in the Legislature.
The settlement also carries an agreement that both sides will dismiss with prejudice any outstanding litigation after the proposal is approved by the Legislature.
Weinberg said MnDOT is tentatively shooting to start construction in 2015.