Bonding Bill Tour

The Minnesota House Capital Investment Committee visited Winona Tuesday to hear about several proposed projects seeking funding in a state bonding bill in 2014.

City Manager, Judy Bodway told the committee that a top priority is the Riverview Drive improvement project, which is used by over 70,000 trucks annually to facilitate the shipments of products by barge.

The total project cost is $1,000,000.

Winona Mayor Mark Peterson spoke about the Louisa Street Extension project, which would help alleviate health and safety concerns by providing better access to the eastern edge of the city, including the hospital.

The total cost of the extension is over $8,400,000 and the city is requesting about half that amount in Capital Bond funds.      

Representatives seeking funding for the Lanesboro Dam upgrade also made a presentation as did Winona State University for it's proposed Education Village.

It was the first day of a two-day swing through southeastern Minnesota that also includes stops in Red Wing, Preston, Chatfield, Rochester and Austin.

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