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April 27, 2014

Roads: As Mankato heads east, County looks south

Local governments compete for millions in federal funds

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Allowing development to work toward that area from the west, with Adams and related utilities being extended eastward just far enough to service each project, wouldn't work either, he said. Each new project would add traffic to Adams, and all that traffic would need to funnel through the already busy intersections with Haefner Drive and Highway 22.

"It's just going to be more congested because it's just kind of a big cul-de-sac," Hentges said.

The real answer is an Adams Street that has connections with other major roads to the east, along with utilities along the entire length.

"It's really critical that this road link be in," he said of the Adams connection to County Road 12.

Forsberg, though, sees Adams as more of a local project and the County Road 12 extension as a project that will improve the broader area's transportation system, while also spurring economic development. But Forsberg agrees that the Adams project is a worthy one, just as Hentges said the County Road 12 extension will eventually be necessary.

"They're both good projects. They're both needed," he said.

Whether federal transportation officials agree won't be known for several months.

"I guess we'll know when the projects are announced," Forsberg said.

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