By Ken Martin, chairman, Minnesota DFL
Gov. Mark Dayton recently outlined his transportation proposal to improve 2,200 miles of roadways and 300 bridges in Minnesota. It’s no mystery why the state is at a crisis point: a majority of Minnesota’s roads are more than 50 years old, and in the next three years one in five will pass its useful life; and 40 percent of our bridges are 40 years old or older, and in the next 10 years, most will be past their useful life.
The deteriorating roads and bridges are having a direct impact on family and business bottom lines. As a result of bad roads, Minnesotans pay more than $1 billion a year – or about $400 per person – on vehicle repairs. Traffic congestion adds more than $200 million to businesses’ freight and transportation costs. Without action, the cost of transportation will continue to be a burden to families and businesses, and hamper Minnesota’s economic growth.
Thanks to Gov. Dayton’s plan, projects can be found throughout the state. Priority was given to roads in urgent need of repair. Gov. Dayton is also proactive, recommending long-term fixes on projects currently underway as well as preventive maintenance that will save money in the long run. The proposal also provides additional funding for “Corridors of Commerce,” a program that improves roadways used to move freight across the state. Read More