ST. PAUL, Minn. – Senator Karla Bigham (DFL-Cottage Grove) and Representative Tony Jurgens (GOP-Cottage Grove) will introduce legislation to fill the $800,000 gap in funding to complete improvements to safety, traffic flow, and access to Trunk Highway 316.
“State agencies and local partners have recognized that this is a priority, and we’ve heard from numerous members of our community about how important this is, and it’s on us to step up and get this final piece in place,” said Senator Bigham.
Thanks to grants from the Department of Transportation and the Department of Public Safety, the new funding necessary to complete the safety improvements has decreased. This bill would fund the final $800,000 needed to finish these improvements.
“The Highway 316 project is a critical funding request from Hastings residents and local officials,” said Representative Jurgens. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to get this project properly funded.”
Improvements would include:
- Three new compact roundabouts that will improve access to and from local streets and calm traffic, enhancing safety along the corridor.
- Extensions of trails alongside TH 316 to provide a separated facility for pedestrian and bicycle users.
- Safe pedestrian crossing facilities to connect these users between places of recreation, commerce, and residence.
- An urban design with a center median to aid in traffic calming, with access closures to minimize risky left turn activity, thereby improving safety and mobility along the corridor.