Hello and welcome to my first blog post ever! I hope that you find these posts entertaining and informative. As I run for the Minnesota House of Representatives, I wanted to give you some perspective on the race, why I'm running, what the job entails, and just who I am as a person. Feel free to check back on a weekly basis as I make entries here. Today I wanted to focus on the Minnesota Trunk Highway System, because the network of interstates and state highways that crisscross Minnesota are very important for commerce and much, much more. In fact I would go as far as to say that they provide a core function to our state. Have you ever been to a Minnesota Wayside Rest area? Then you know the map below with a little arrow pointing to your location. Just like in my life, I enjoy seeing where I am headed, what my progress looks like, and where in relation I travelled from. A map can really help!
I asked the question on my Facebook page on Sunday - roughly how many miles make up Minnesota's Trunk Highway system? The answer is ... 12,000 miles! Trunk Highways contain only 8% of the centerline mileage, but they carry 58% of the annual miles of vehicle travel. In Greater Minnesota, 88% of the centerline mileage is located and carries with that 53% of the annual miles of vehicle travel.
And the bonus question - what was the 2017 FY budget? The answer is a staggering $1.91 Billion. The bulk of funding comes from transportation-related taxes and federal aid.
Below are some graphics that were part of a larger document put together by the Research Department of the Minnesota House of Representatives Other information contained in this blog post were contained within the MNDOT website.
Transportation is a big issue for Greater Minnesota and one that I take seriously on the campaign trail. I will fight to fully-fund four lanes of Highway 14 from Nicollet to New Ulm from Day One. This is a promise that candidates made before me and I plan to carry that banner forward at the Legislature in 2019.