A meeting you might want to attend

Steve Marquardt, a cyclist from Lake Lillian, emailed me a MnDOT news release about an upcoming state Transportation Department meeting that bicycle enthusiasts and Minnesotans in general should consider attending:

Public hearing on draft Minnesota 20-year State Highway Investment Plan set for July 29

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing statewide July 29 to gather feedback on the draft Minnesota 20-year State Highway Investment Plan. The plan establishes priorities for spending projected revenue, identifies planned investments during the next seven years based on these priorities, and details strategies to ensure the effective use of available resources.

The hearing, held from 4 to 5:30 p.m., will originate from MnDOT headquarters in St. Paul, with opportunities for additional public participation via videoconference at MnDOT offices statewide:

Baxter – 7694 Industrial Park Road

Bemidji – 3920 Highway 2 W

Crookston – 1320 Sunflower St.

Detroit Lakes – 1000 Highway 10 W

Duluth – 1123 Mesaba Ave.

Mankato – 2151 Bassett Drive

Marshall – 1800 East College Drive

Morris – 610 Highway 9 S

Owatonna – 1010 21st Ave. NW

Rochester – 2900 48th St. NW

St. Cloud – 3725 12th St. N

St. Paul – 395 John Ireland Blvd., Room G15

Virginia – 101 N. Hoover Road

Willmar – 2505 Transportation Road

Windom – 180 S. County Road 26

Those unable to attend in person can participate in an online webinar. For details, visit: www.mndot.gov/planning/mnship/participate.html.

In addition to the release, Steve sent a passage from a state law that explains the meeting’s relevance to cyclists:

 From 2012 Minnesota Statutes:
“174.03 DUTIES OF COMMISSIONER.
(2) develop, adopt, revise, and monitor a statewide transportation plan, taking into account the suggestions and information submitted at the public hearings held pursuant to clause (1). The plan shall incorporate all modes of transportation including bicycle commutation and recreation and provide for the interconnection and coordination of different modes of transportation.”

If you can’t attend, you can comment online at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/planning/mnship/commentform.html.

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