ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Gov. Mark Dayton rolled out a massive 10-year transportation plan Monday that he said is 25 years overdue.
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Dayton, who called Minnesota’s 12,000 miles of roadways “antiquated and inadequate,” said a survey of state roads shows half of Minnesota highways are more than 50 years old.
And 4,000 of miles of roadway reach the end of their useful life in the next decade, putting the state at risk.
“If we don’t do anything now, 10 years from now I guarantee there will be worse conditions,” Dayton said. “More congestion. More delays. More risk for travelers, and the cost will only be higher.”
The Governor’s $6 billion fix includes a 6.5 percent sales tax on wholesale gas. The trickle down will add 16-cents a gallon at the pump. There’s a license tab fee hike, and a half cent metro sales tax for transit.
State officials said if the Legislature approves the plan, the money will repair or replace 330 deficient bridges and 2,200 miles of bad road.
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“While these roads may be passable, we really need to rebuild many of these roads,” Charlie Zelle, Minnesota’s transportation commissioner, said. “Not just patch them.”
Republican House leaders said they’re not convinced the problem is as bad as Governor Dayton says it is.