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Commissioner Zelle to Discuss Minnesota's Underfunded Transportation Needs

Wednesday, July 24, 2013  
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Minnesota Transportation Commissioner Charles Zelle plans to hit the road to discuss the state's 20-year plan for transportation spending.


The ECM newspapers note that Zelle has given his pitch to the Metropolitan Council and now plans to speak around the state about MnDOT’s 20-year State Highway Investment Plan, which outlines $30 billion in needed spending but only $18 billion in identified funding.


The story says Zelle isn't worried about the $12 billion in unfunded needs: "I don’t think the number is scary. I think the number is achievable."


The MnDOT plan notes that half of state highway pavement is more than 50 years old. More than a third of state highway bridges are more than 50 years old. And while the second 10-year phase concentrates on infrastructure preservation, the number of state roads and bridges in poor condition will double and perhaps triple within 20 years, the plan says.