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News Release

June 25, 2004

Responsibilities for Highways 19 and 25
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Mankato, Minn. - Starting July 1, the Mankato office (District 7) of the Minnesota Department of Transportation will take full roadway responsibility for State Highway 19 from U.S. Highway 169 to the east junction of State Highway 13 at New Prague. And the Metro Mn/DOT District will take responsibility for State Highway 25 from State Highway 5 to Highway 169 at Belle Plaine.

The decision was based on public service. The cities of Belle Plaine and New Prague will have clearer lines of communication and resolution of issues if they only have one district as their primary point of contact, according to Transportation District Engineers Pat Hughes and Jim Swanson.

Previously, Belle Plaine and New Prague need to work with multiple districts depending on which state highway they had concerns about.

Determining factors included; the most effective way of doing the maintenance and snowplowing for each highway segment (that has been done by an agreement since 1997); Belle Plaine falls mostly within the Metro District; and New Prague became more aligned with District 7 when the population went over 5,000 and the city qualified for state-aid.

Repair work and construction projects that were previously planned by the districts will be completed by the district that initiated them. For example, District 7 will fund and perform the Minnesota River bridge replacement on Highway 25 in 2005 and the Metro District will complete signal and channelization work on Highway 19 in 2006.

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For statewide up-to-date traveler information, Minnesotans are now able to access weather-related road conditions, construction and congestion by dialing 511 or by logging on to www.511mn.org

District 7, Mankato/Windom
501 S. Victory Dr.
Mankato, MN 56001-5302
Tel: 800/657-3747
Fax: 507/389-6281

Contact:
Rebecca Arndt
Public Affairs Coordinator
507/389-6883