Federal lawmakers push for Highway 169 imporvements

By KBJR News 1

July 11, 2014 Updated Jul 11, 2014 at 9:03 PM CDT

Washington, DC (NNCNOW.com) -- Highway 169 on the Iron Range has been called a dangerous stretch of roadway through the years, which is why some federal lawmakers are pushing for action to fix the problem.

After traveling the highway last week U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken have written a letter to the Federal Highway Administration urging them to end the delay on improvements on a stretch of the highway near Ely.

The administration's review process continues to hold up construction.

A proposal called the southern route, has been recommended to remove the dangerous curves and hills that cause black ice to form.

Senator Klobuchar says the project has already received $15 million in congressional funding. Now the money needs to be put to use.

"The hope is that we are going to renew this effort and get it going. Charlie Zelle the head of MinDOT knows about this project, I've talked to him directly, I know the Governor is well aware of it so we're just hoping to get it moving here again," said Sen. Klobuchar.

The project is expected to cost between $16-20 million.

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