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Case for Hwy. 14 expansion

Walz, NU mayor plead for four-lanes from Kato to New Ulm

September 17, 2013

NEW ULM — First District Congressman Tim Walz, New Ulm Mayor Bob Beussman, and Rep....

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Sep-18-13 6:25 AM

Hutchinson comes in at 13,929, and also has no four lane highway.

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Sep-18-13 2:03 AM

The 2011 population of Marshall was 13,700, a gain of 1000 in just 2 years. This is Marshall's highest population.

The 2011 population of New Ulm was 13,440, up from 12,909 in 2009. New Ulm peaked at 13,973 in 1997. I would be curious what the population is now. It seems like it must be higher with all the building. If 4 developers feel that the demographics can support 4 new apartment buildings in one year, that must say something.

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Sep-17-13 9:35 PM

Last time I looked Marshal is smaller than New Ulm

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Sep-17-13 8:31 PM

Marshall was smaller than New Ulm when the comment about being the smallest city in Minnesota without a 4-lane highway was coined.

Something to consider is that vehicles get many more miles per gallon than they used to, therefore, the gas tax paid per mile is less now than it was 20 years ago. I would fully support a gas tax increase if our politicians would promise that 100% of the increase would go to improving roads with no cuts to existing funding of roads.

If people think that $200 million to finish Nicollet to New Ulm is expensive now, what do they think it will cost if we put it off another 20 years? What are the economic costs of not finishing this road?

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Sep-17-13 6:46 PM

At a population of 19,582, the city of Willmar is larger than either Marshall or New Ulm, and also is not served by a continuous four lane highway connecting it to a larger city.

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Sep-17-13 6:33 PM

The Honorable Mayor Beussman needs to check his demographics. Marshall is larger than New Ulm ( according to the 2011 census), has a state college, is home to a world wide food company dependent on trucking (Schwans), and also does not have a four lane highway, and is a lot further away (60-70 miles) from one than New Ulm is.

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Sep-17-13 8:24 AM

I guess we'll see how we rank vs in-state projects. It's always been easy to push out-state projects out of the MNDOT agenda because of the number of people they benefit. It didn't take this long to get the 169 interchange improvement in Shakopee passed...

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