By Rep. Tony Jurgens, 2/14/2018
Hello from St. Paul,
There was a fantastic turnout in Hastings last night as interested residents gathered to hear from MnDOT about the future of Highway 316 in the south end of the city.
You may recall that after hearing from many concerned residents in the area last year, I authored a bill that prevented speed limits from being raised on Highway 316 from Highway 61 to just north of Tuttle Drive.
Eventually MnDOT offered to develop a public involvement plan that seeks input from community members and businesses on the design of the 2021 Highway 316 resurfacing project, as well as recognizing the need to work with City staff to evaluate safety options for the area. When MnDOT added the safety provision, I agreed to the terms as resident safety was the sole reason I drafted the legislation in the first place.
Last night’s meeting was the first step in the community engagement process, and really the first step towards making needed improvements on this highway. I did sense some frustration among residents as they were expecting to learn what MnDOT’s solution is, but in reality this meeting was designed to give residents the opportunity to suggest what that solution should be.
I thought MnDOT was receptive and am hopeful that the department will give careful consideration to the feedback. My thanks to the City of Hastings for its work and all the residents who attended the meeting. I’ll be sure to keep you updated as to when MnDOT plans its next gathering.
Speaking of gatherings, I will be holding three town meetings this Saturday, February 17, and I hope you can join me. They’ll be held at the following locations:
Hastings City Hall, 101 4th St. East, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Cottage Grove City Hall, Training Room, 12800 Ravine Parkway South, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Afton City Hall, 3033 St Croix Trl S, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
I hope to see you there!
Representative Tony Jurgens
523 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155