Mar 18, 2013 at 3:30 pm
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - Congresswoman Michele Bachmann says she's working hard in Minnesota and Washington to get needed funds to add a new Interstate 94 lane in each direction between the western suburbs and St. Cloud and make improvements to Highway 10.
The 6th District Representative tells KNSI News she's had over 300 meetings with officials and business leaders on this particular topic. She reports that the bill has received a strong showing of bipartisan support at the legislative level, and is co-authored by local DFL House Representative Zach Dorholt.
Bachmann says development of both roadways is crucial to the financial future of central Minnesota.
"We have a terrible congestion problem on Interstate 94, and we want to make sure that people can easily get up to the central Minnesota region, and of course St. Cloud in particular," Bachmann says. "This legislation is a direct result of listening to and caring about what the people of our area want most, and that's safe, reliable roadways."
Bachmann says the I-94 project needs $25 million to clear the first phase of construction, with a full expansion that could reach $100 million.
Bachmann says transportation is one of the "supreme duties'' of government because it directly affects safety and commerce. She adds, because the projects do not rank as high priorities for MnDOT, it's crucial for area residents to be in touch with their local officials to promote it.
"MnDOT doesn't have these high on their list, but they do respond to elected officials," Bachmann stresses. "So, it's important for people to weigh in to both their elected officials and the Governor. It's time to modernize these roads for the sake of jobs, our economy and public safety."
If passed, Bachmann says she'll push to see construction begin as soon as possible.