• Sen. Clausen: Enhancing pedestrian accessibility in Apple Valley

      As the start of the Legislative Session is quickly approaching I am excited to have the opportunity to advocate for $5 million in bonding funds to complete an elevated walkway at Cedar and 147th transit station in Apple Valley. The pedestrian sky bridge walkway will connect the two transit stations over a busy intersection on Cedar Avenue and County Road 42. The new walkway, once completed, is expected to spur significant economic development along the Cedar Avenue/ Highway 77 transit corridor – which has already been designed as a “Jobs and Activity Center.”

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    • Governor’s bonding proposal wisely invests in infrastructure

      When Governor Dayton unveiled his $1.4 billion bonding proposal last week, he wisely focused on jobs and investing in Minnesota’s infrastructure – both maintaining what we have, as well as investing strategically in projects to strengthen our state in the future. This plan will create close to 40,000 jobs in the short term, and it will lead to strong economic development and jobs in the future.

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  • Rochester International Airport

    The Rochester Airport is a major hub for international air traffic due to its close proximity to the Mayo Clinic. In order to keep its international airport designation, the facility needs to be upgraded to provide more space for border patrol and customs agents. The Department of Homeland Security has mandated the changes, which include 20,000 additional square feet, reconfiguration of the terminal, and upgrades to the electrical, fire protection and low voltage network.

    Project proponents say the changes will allow them to process 75 passengers per flight. Currently, those disembarking from international flights are forced to wait outside the processing area, which is inconvenient for those passengers and creates a security risk. Airport officials are asking the state for nearly $5 million. The total project cost is $16 million.

    City of Medford

    The city of Medford is asking the state for more than $14 million to address general maintenance and city facility renovations in the community. Medford currently has the highest growth rate in Steele County and city leaders say it is time for infrastructure improvements to support this growth.

    Among the projects requesting funding is the renovation of the Medford Municipal Facility. This building would house city hall, the fire department and emergency services, council chambers, and community space. The Medford Fire Department is currently having space issues including difficulty parking their fire engines. The upgraded facility would alleviate those concerns.

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NEWS


Sen. Clausen: Enhancing pedestrian accessibility in Apple Valley

As the start of the Legislative Session is quickly approaching I am excited to have the opportunity to advocate for $5 million in bonding funds to complete an elevated walkway at Cedar and 147th transit station in Apple Valley. The pedestrian sky bridge walkway will connect the two transit stations over a busy intersection on Cedar Avenue and County Road 42. The new walkway, once completed, is expected to spur significant economic development along the Cedar Avenue/ Highway 77 transit corridor – which has already been designed as a “Jobs and Activity Center.”

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PROJECTS


Byllesby Dam

A major hydroelectric dam located on the Cannon River is due for an upgrade according to Dakota County leaders. The Byllesby dam provides clean electricity to thousands of residents, but the hydroelectric generators are reaching the end of their operational life.

Dakota County is asking the state for $6 million of a total $12 million project to fund turbine and powerhouse improvements at the dam. The dam, which is 103 years old, is currently undergoing a massive capital improvement project to increase its safety and prevent major flooding. Due to the high cost of that project, dam leaders looked into how to recoup the costs, and they determined increased electricity generation would help mitigate the costs associated with the improvement project.

Rochester Community and Technical College

RCTC is asking the state for more than $20 million for the remodel, demolition and design of old and outdated classroom and office space. Project leaders say Memorial and Plaza halls have outlasted their usefulness and their removal would help clear a multi-million-dollar maintenance backlog, as well as allow the college to renovate 11,000 feet to create modern class rooms which will help increase energy efficiency on campus.

College leaders say the project will create a more efficient and comfortable learning environment while reducing costs.

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