Monday, April 22nd, 2024 Church Directory

Emmer Secures Funds for Key 6th District Infrastructure Projects

Last Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed six appropriations bills for fiscal year 2024. The package funds 12 major infrastructure projects for roadways and water treatment in the Sixth Congressional District, priorities Congressman Emmer fought for during the government funding process. The legislation now moves to the Senate before being signed into law.

“We are proud to help secure these wins for the Sixth District,” said Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06). “Between investments in water treatment and safe roadways, this funding will tangibly improve the daily lives of Minnesotans and support growth across the Sixth District. Thank you to our cities and counties for their partnership in this successful effort.”  

Becker Mayor Tracy Bertram said, “The City of Becker is grateful to Rep. Emmer for his effort in the House to secure $3.85 million to improve the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 10 and MN Hwy. 25 in Becker.  These funds will help ensure that the improvements enhance safety, expand access to the city’s industrial park, and provide a safe pedestrian crossing at this intersection.”

“The City of Clearwater has been working together with MnDOT to create a safer, multi-use traffic corridor through the city and over Interstate 94 for several years,” said Mayor Andrea Lawrence of Clearwater. “This issue is one reason why I ran for City Council. The $3 million earmarked from the appropriations bill will help make travel through our community safer; including for pedestrians, bicyclists, and local vehicle traffic, while allowing our commercial growth as a transportation hub to continue. It will also make the journey both quicker and less dangerous for our numerous visitors who use Clearwater as the gateway to the north.”

“The 15th Street North connection will be critically important to the future growth of our community and for access to those who live within the region. If not for Rep Emmer’s support of this project we would not be able to develop this important regional corridor,” said Sartell Mayor Ryan Fitzthum.  

“This is amazing news!” said Sherburne County Commissioner and 2024 Board Chair Gregg Felber. “With receipt of this $7M in Congressionally Directed Spending, the overpass and interchange improvement project at U.S. Hwy. 169 and Co. Rd. 4 should be fully funded. This means construction can start soon and, with that, additional risk to Minnesotans traveling these roadways can be greatly reduced.”

“After more than a decade of work and preparation, the Zimmerman community – indeed, all of Central Minnesota – can now see this critically needed safety and accessibility improvement project completed,” shared Sherburne County Commissioner Lisa Fobbe. “This has been my District’s and Sherburne County’s top infrastructure priority for many years. I would like to thank Congressman Emmer and Senators Klobuchar and Smith, as well as their amazing staff, for helping us improve the lives and livelihood of so many Minnesotans.”

“We also applaud and welcome Congressman Emmer’s leadership in securing $3.85 million to plan needed improvements to the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 10 and Hwy. 25 near the City of Becker,” noted Commissioner Felber. “Locally initiated projects like this in the City of Becker help the Minnesota Dept. of Transportation prioritize needed improvements to the state and federal highway system that might otherwise be overlooked. Thank you to our local, state, and federal partners for your investment in core infrastructure in Sherburne County, where opportunity awaits for all our residents, businesses, and visitors alike.” 

The legislation includes:

• $4 million to the State of Minnesota for Minnesota Trunk Hwy. 65 at 117th Avenue – Grades Separated Intersection Project;

• $7 million to the State of Minnesota for the Hwy. 5 Mobility Project;

• $3.85 million to the State of Minnesota for the U.S. Hwy. 10/MN Hwy. 25/Co. Rd. 53 intersection improvements;

• $7 million to the State of Minnesota for the U.S. Hwy. 169/Co. Rd. 4 Rural Safety and Mobility Interchange Projec;

• $3 million to the State of Minnesota for the I-94 and Trunk Hwy. 24 Improvements Project;

• $1.02 million to the State of Minnesota for the CSAH 19 & Co. Rd. 117 intersection improvements;

• $2.15 million to the State of Minnesota for the 15th Street North Regional Corridor Expansion Project;

• $1.2 million to the State of Minnesota for the J-Turn at Bel Clare Drive in Waite Park;

• $5 million to the State of Minnesota for the Hwy. 29 Extension;

• $1.52 million for Otsego, MN, for the Drinking Water Treatment Facility Improvements project;

• $2.24 million for New Germany, MN, for the Wastewater Treatment Facility Improvements project;

• $2.24 million for St. Michael, MN, for the Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades project.