Nolan wants Hwy. 70 fixed; meetings with public set

Congressman Rick Nolan, MnDOT Commissioner Charles Zelle, state Sen. Tony Lourey, state Rep. Tim Faust, Chair of House Committee on Transportation  Finance Frank Hornstein, an MnDOT engineer, Rock Creek City Council members, Pine County Board Chair Steve Hallan and concerned citizens from the area were part of the bus tour of Hwy. 70 on May 24. Photo supplied

(CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE) Congressman Rick Nolan, MnDOT Commissioner Charles Zelle, state Sen. Tony Lourey, state Rep. Tim Faust, Chair of House Committee on Transportation Finance Frank Hornstein, an MnDOT engineer, Rock Creek City Council members, Pine County Board Chair Steve Hallan and concerned citizens from the area were part of the bus tour of Hwy. 70 on May 24. Photo supplied

On May 24, Congressman Rick Nolan led a bus tour of Highway 70 in southern Pine County. The road is one of the major thoroughfares to Wisconsin, and is in rough shape. The purpose of the tour was to raise awareness of the need for major construction on the road.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is planning a mill and overlay of the road’s 1.4-mile section, east of Interstate 35 to Wisconsin in 2015, but some residents want full 8-foot shoulders, turn lanes and hills smoothed out.

“It is truly a poor stretch of road for the traffic volume it has,” said Rick Olseen, field representative for Nolan’s congressional office.

According to MnDOT, from 2002 to 2011, there have been four fatal crashes on the stretch of road, 36 injury crashes, 61 property damage crashes, a total of 101 crashes in 10 years and a crash rate of .09 compared to the state’s 0.5 average (rate is crashes per million vehicle miles traveled)

‘Congress Comes to You’ meetings with public

U.S. Congressman Rick Nolan recently announced the locations of “Congress Comes to You” meetings his staff will operate throughout the Eighth Congressional District in June.

“These Congress Comes to You meetings will provide residents throughout the Eighth District an opportunity to meet with members of my staff and discuss matters of interest and importance,” Nolan said. “Whether it’s a matter relating to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, veterans benefits or whatever the concern, providing exceptional constituent services is very important to my staff and me. Congress Comes to You meetings help us maintain close and essential contact with the people we serve.”

Members of Nolan’s staff will be available Thursday, June 13 at the North Branch Public Library (10 a.m. to noon) and Wyoming library (1-3 p.m.).

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