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Council backs campaign for transportation funding

Minnesota has some urgent transportation needs. The Hwy. 52/CR 42 interchange in Rosemount is well known for being dangerous, but funding to improve the intersection has been put off for more than 20 years.

Mayor Bill Droste finds that unacceptable.

“Transportation is a key issue. A lack of funding has put off the 42/52 improvements for more than 20 years. There are similar stories all over the metro,” said Droste.

He and the Rosemount City Council on Tuesday night approved a resolution supporting the MoveMN campaign. The campaign is committed to addressing Minnesota’s urgent transportation needs by seeking out a new and better sources of funding.

The resolution calls for a statewide comprehensive transportation funding package. Currently funding for roads comes from the gas tax and automobile sales tax. But as vehicles improve, the income through those tax sources has fallen. The funding has not kept up with projected needs.

According to MoveMN, the campaign consists of a growing, diverse coalition dedicated to starting to erase Minnesota’s transportation deficit and creating new funding that will properly improve the state’s transportation assets.

Droste said there are several things at stake in finding a better funding source. Ostensibly, many of the projects out there are a matter of safety, including the 42/52 interchange. However, Droste said having good infrastructure also will have an economic development impact.

The MoveMN campaign is dedicated to finding a source of funding that will provide a sustainable and predictable revenue source. By signing onto the campaign, Droste said he hopes Rosemount can be part of the conversations at both a state and federal level.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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