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City of Rochester Encourages Residents to Advocate for Bonding Projects
The City of Rochester encourages residents to respond to the request by the State of Minnesota for feedback on proposed state bonding projects. More than 200 projects, totaling over $1.3 billion, were submitted for consideration during the 2020 Legislative session. This is in addition to state requests. Of those, the City of Rochester has four bonding projects they have proposed. Olmsted County has one project. The four city projects include the runway safety improvements at the Rochester International Airport (RST) and three parks projects.
Recently, Governor Walz’s announced that he will use the next two months to visit proposed capital bonding projects across the state. The Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) department launched an online portal allowing Minnesotans to submit comments on bonding requests that local governments have submitted.
Mayor Kim Norton shares, “Civic engagement at all levels of government is important and vital to our democratic process. We encourage our community to let the Governor, members of the Legislature, and our local elected representatives know how important our local bonding projects are to our community.”
The three parks projects include Cascade Lake Project Improvements, Silver Lake Dam Modifications and Improvements and the Willow Creek Trail Connection Project. In total, the three park projects are asking for $9.55 million dollars from the state of Minnesota.
The runway safety project at the airport totals $79.2 million with $62.8 million coming from the Federal Aviation Administration. The request to the State of Minnesota is $11.4 million. This is an urgent need, as runway reconstruction is necessary. This includes uninterrupted air access and improved operational reliability. RST is the second busiest airport in the state.
“The most critical piece of infrastructure at any airport is the runway. Runway 2/20 has reached the end of its useful life and replacement is imperative. To complete this project we need state funding to leverage available federal dollars and the committed local funding,” shares Executive Director, John Reed.
More information about the four Rochester bonding projects can be found here. A full list of all 200 projects, including Olmsted County’s Graham Park Regional Multi-Purpose Expo Building can be found here. Projects can be found by entering Rochester.