Letter: Citizen wishes were heeded
Last year I wrote several letters concerning Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Milan bridge issue.
After a contentious public meeting in Milan, MnDOT District 8 Head Engineer Jon Huseby deemed it wise and necessary to have further local public input on the Milan bridge. After several additional meetings were held, mediation was chosen to gather input, knowledge and a possible consensus on the issue.
After four meetings, the mediator compiled and sent to MnDOT the results of the mediation process. A new Milan bridge was recommended.
MnDOT did have to have further meetings in St. Paul and gather input from various governmental entities to complete the process.
Yes, we got a new Milan bridge! But the most important lesson to be learned from this process: local input is listened to by MnDOT! We do have a voice!