News from Representative Tom Emmer


Dear Friend,

Like many of you, I ventured out to the great Minnesota get together last week to eat food on a stick and visit the ever popular butter sculptures! I also caught up with Kim Johnson on WCCO TV to discuss the transportation challenges Minnesota continues to face. 

Click here to watch the interview. 

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Approximately 87 percent of Minnesotans drive to work alone, and those in the Sixth Congressional District face an average commute of 27 minutes. With 2.6 million vehicles on Minnesota roads like 94 and 35, it is imperative that we maintain our infrastructure and reduce these commutes.

Earlier this year I was proud to support H.J. Res 31, which among other programs provided $1.8 billion in increased highway funding. Transportation funding should be focused on roads and bridges, and I am proud to vote in favor of improving our nation’s infrastructure.

The most dangerous stretch of road in Minnesota is U.S. Highway 12. Over the last five years it has resulted in the deaths of 24 individuals, 239 injured and over 800 crashes. In March, my hometown of Delano lost Marleena Anna Dieterich, as she traveled home. This Highway has caused too many tragic and senseless deaths. 

In June, the Deputy Administrator for the Federal Highway Administration Brandye Hendrickson came to Minnesota to see highway 12 first hand. We provided a bus tour of the most dangerous stretches of this road, and I led a roundtable to discuss possible solutions. I was grateful for the Deputy Secretary's attention, but I will continue to urge Secretary Chao to visit and see the issues we face with this dangerous stretch of road, nicknamed the "Corridor of Death."

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Congressman Emmer leading a roundtable with Deputy Secretary Brandye Hendrickson in Delano, MN. 

In addition to Highway 12, Minnesotans frequently experience delays on I-94, I-35, Highways 10 and 212, and even Central Avenue, or 65 in Blaine.

Transportation improvements are ongoing, and ever-changing. Currently, more than half of all crashes involving injuries occur at or near intersections. One of Minnesota’s most pervasive problems is the daily commute with long delays, accidents, and preventable fatalities at intersections and rail-grade crossings. Additionally, deterioration of intersections and interchanges results in an estimated $63.4 billion cost to the trucking industry each year.

With the National Intersection and Interchange Safety Construction Program Act, which I introduced earlier this year, I am working to improve and build important transportation infrastructure. The bill addresses this problem by creating a dedicated funding source among existing dollars that would be used specifically for intersection and interchange development or improvements.

You rely on your government to manage transportation routes for the safety of you and your loved ones, and to allow for the mobilization of goods and services throughout our state. I believe that investment in transportation infrastructure is central to the duty of government and impacts economic growth. I am committed to advocating for these life-saving improvements to U.S. Highway 12 and other important roadways in Minnesota. 

As Congress heads back to Washington, D.C. and our legislative work resumes, I am more committed than ever to addressing the dangerous roadways that put Minnesotans at risk.

Sincerely,

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