By Rep. Tony Jurgens, 2/17/2017
Hello from the State Capitol,
In response to numerous resident concerns about speed limit increases in the City of Hastings, I will be scheduling a meeting with Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) officials to discuss the situation.
I have been receiving many phone calls and emails about MnDOT’s decision to increase the speed limit on Highway 316 from Highway 61 to Tuttle Drive. These same concerns were being brought to me when I was door knocking last summer. It’s a well-traveled road that’s difficult to access from a side street and in spots has no place for people to walk. Increasing the speed limit here is just asking for trouble.
The speed limits are expected to take effect this spring, and the stretch of Highway 316 I’m referencing will jump from 35 to 40 miles per hour. A number of other speed changes in Hastings and near the city limits will also take place at this time.
I’m pleased the City of Hastings has been working closely with MnDOT. Its input was critical towards maintaining the speed limit near Roadside Park along Highway 55. I also think city officials were wise to fight these changes, particularly to maintain the 35 mile an hour speed limit on that stretch of Highway 316.
At this point, I think it’s important for me to reach out to MnDOT and see if there’s anything more that can be done. Increasing the speed limit won’t increase safety in this area. In fact, I’m convinced that doing so will only make it more dangerous.
A few days ago I had the pleasure of touring the Hastings Co-Op Creamery and find out more about this unique local business.
The creamery has been in place for more than 100 years and is a fixture in the community. Thank you for allowing me to visit and learn about your operation!
Cottage Grove constituents Angela Schroeder, Gerald Awenti and Grace Larsen also stopped by my office as part of Nursing Association Day at the Capitol. It was good to hear their thoughts on health care – thanks for visiting and sharing your input.
As always, if you are interested in scheduling an office visit in St. Paul, please call my office at 651-296-3135 and we will put you on the calendar!
Have a good weekend,
Representative Tony Jurgens
523 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155