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MnDOT seeks input on 50-year transportation system vision

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WILLMAR -- Southwestern Minnesotans will help determine the state's transportation system vision for the next 50 years when the Minnesota Department of Transportation hosts a workshop from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Ridgewater College in Willmar.

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This workshop is part of a series of eight workshops scattered across Minnesota.

"Our current financial challenges and aging infrastructure make establishing a vision even more important," said Tom Sorel, MnDOT commissioner, in a news release. "The Minnesota GO workshops are Minnesotans' opportunity to communicate their expectations for transportation today and for the next generation."

Participants from all backgrounds will share ideas and thoughts during a series of small group discussions about the future of transportation. No advanced reservation is necessary and organizers ask participants to stay for the entire workshop.

A 31-member steering committee will review feedback from the workshops, online discussions and related research. This will serve as the foundation for the recommended 50-year transportation vision statement and set of objectives. A public hearing on the proposed vision will follow in July.

MnDOT and other transportation organizations will then use the vision and information to develop and update short-term and long-term multi-modal transportation plans.

Minnesotans interested in getting involved can check out www.minnesotago.org for more information.

For more information, contact Janet Miller at janet.rae.miller@state.mn.us or 651-366-4720.

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