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MnDOT plans to host transportation corridor strategy session today in Willmar, Minn.

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WILLMAR -- Developing Minnesota Highway 23 into a four-lane link from Willmar to Interstate 94 near St. Cloud has been a priority for the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce for more than two decades now.

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How the Minnesota Department of Transportation maintains and develops this and other corridors in District 8 for the next two decades is the topic for today.

The District 8 MnDOT office is hosting a "corridor investment management strategy meeting'' for the public from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the district office, 2505 Transportation Road in Willmar.

It's one of a series of regional meetings to gather input on what MnDOT describes as a new approach to corridor management.

It will include a look at what MnDOT foresees as available resources for corridor maintenance and development in the future, and how to best use them.

The new initiative promotes a collaborative approach toward corridor development statewide. It also includes an emphasis on what MnDOT terms "lower-cost, high-benefit strategies,'' such as adding passing lanes to existing two-lane highways in place of four-lane development.

Tonight's meeting in Willmar has the attention of the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. It notes that discussion on transportation spending includes competition between rural and urban needs, as well as the question of future funding sources.

The Willmar meeting will focus on issues and plans for four district corridors:

n State Highway 23, Granite Falls to Willmar

n State Highway 23, Willmar to Richmond

n U.S. Highway 71, Iowa to U.S. Highway 10;

n U.S. Highway 212, Granite Falls to a site not yet identified.

Formore information, visit www.mndot.gov/cims

-- Tom Cherveny

WILLMAR -- Developing Minnesota Highway 23 into a four-lane link from Willmar to Interstate 94 near St. Cloud has been a priority for the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce for more than two decades now.

How the Minnesota Department of Transportation maintains and develops this and other corridors in District 8 for the next two decades is the topic for today.

The District 8 MnDOT office is hosting a "corridor investment management strategy meeting'' for the public from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the district office, 2505 Transportation Road in Willmar.

It's one of a series of regional meetings to gather input on what MnDOT describes as a new approach to corridor management.

It will include a look at what MnDOT foresees as available resources for corridor maintenance and development in the future, and how to best use them.

The new initiative promotes a collaborative approach toward corridor development statewide. It also includes an emphasis on what MnDOT terms "lower-cost, high-benefit strategies,'' such as adding passing lanes to existing two-lane highways in place of four-lane development.

Tonight's meeting in Willmar has the attention of the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. It notes that discussion on transportation spending includes competition between rural and urban needs, as well as the question of future funding sources.

The Willmar meeting will focus on issues and plans for four district corridors:

- State Highway 23, Granite Falls to Willmar

- State Highway 23, Willmar to Richmond

- U.S. Highway 71, Iowa to U.S. Highway 10;

- U.S. Highway 212, Granite Falls to a site not yet identified.

For more information, visit www.mndot.gov/cims

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
(320) 214-4335
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