Sen. Nick Frentz disappointed Highway 14 left out Corridors of Commerce funding
Saint Paul, MN – The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced funding as part of the Corridors of Commerce program today. The department is investing more than $400 million in four projects this year — and they were all within 50 miles of the Twin Cities.
Senator Nick Frentz released the following statement in response:
“I am surprised and disappointed by the results of the MN DOT Corridors of Commerce program scoring announced today. This result is contrary to the original purpose of the Corridors of Commerce program, which is connecting regional centers of trade and growth. Instead of spreading our limited funds across the state, the department chose four projects that mainly serve the metropolitan area. I understand that the way the scoring criteria was designed partly allowed for this to happen. Nevertheless, the result ignores the fact that completion of four lanes from Hwy. 14 from Rochester to New Ulm has long represented connecting southern Minnesota regional centers. While the projects chosen are not underserving, I think two things are apparent: 1) Transportation in Minnesota needs significant new revenue – such as a gas tax increase – to fund vital Greater Minnesota road and bridge projects, and 2) Change to the Corridors of Commerce program must be made or it will not serve the interests of all Minnesotans in the way it was intended.”
Sen. Frentz can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 651-296-6153.