Bonding Tour to look at more than $20 million in requests in District 6

ST. PAUL, MINN. – The first leg of an extensive statewide bonding tour will be making numerous stops throughout Senator David Tomassoni’s (DFL-Chisholm) Senate District 6 next week. The Capital Investment Committee members will be touring the MN Highway 53 project on October 1 as well as the Range Regional Airport in Hibbing on October 2.

Senator Tomassoni says, “The Highway 53 reroute is a mandatory project because United Taconite wants to mine the land they own where Highway 53 is currently built on. Now, it’s a matter of finding which alternate route is the best option, because this needs to get done.”

The Highway 53 project is requesting $22.2 million from the state to help acquire land and pre-design storm water relocation, utilities relocation and the creation of trails for bikes, pedestrians and ATV’s. The MN Highway 53 project will be one of the last tour stops on the first day around 5 pm. Later the same day, the bonding committee will be touring the remodeling project for the Miner’s Memorial Building in Virginia.

On day two, the bonding tour will visit the Range Regional Airport. The Hibbing-area airport is requesting $5 million to complete what Senator Tomassoni calls, ‘a badly needed expansion.’

“The Range Regional Airport has simply outgrown its current size. It was built in 1978, prior to the new flights and baggage needs and prior to vital operational space that’s now required by the Department of Homeland Security,” Senator Tomassoni said.

Among the projects being presented at Hibbing Community College include the Giants Ridge Event Center, Eveleth water main improvements, and the new building project for the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency or AEOA.

Giants Ridge is requesting $4.9 million in bonding funds to build a new events center which will provide a multi-use year round venue that supports statewide tourism, state ski meets, local events and much more.

The Eveleth water main improvement project is asking for just over $2 million in appropriations in order to design and construct a water main for the St. Mary’s Lake Development project. Both presentations will be given at Hibbing Community College starting at 12:15 pm on Wednesday, October 2.

Other bonding projects in Senator Tomassoni’s district include the Northeast Regional Correctional Center, Chisholm’s new municipal services building, and infrastructure projects in both Nashwauk and Biwabik.

“The Range is vital to Minnesota’s economy and many of these bonding projects will go a long way in helping to maintain the area’s viability and to upgrade facilities that are long overdue for remodeling or rebuilding,” Senator Tomassoni said.

The tour begins on October 1 and proceeds to various locations and cities through October 3 including the Northeast Regional Corrections Center, Vermilion State Park, the Myles Reif Center for Performing Arts and the Cuyuna Lakes State Trail. For additional information on the bonding tour please visit the MN Senate Bonding Tour Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/mnsenatebondingtour

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David Tomassoni represents District 6, which includes portions of Itasca and St. Louis counties in the northeastern part of the state.

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