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Senators hear pitches on Morningside, Hwy. 212

The Minnesota Senate Capital Investment Committee heard pitches for both the completion of Morningside in Glencoe and improvements to Highway 212 at a bonding tour stop in Hutchinson Thursday.
Chairman of the committee, Sen. LeRoy Stumpf, said there is a new focus on the importance of infrastructure in the state.
Unfortunately, Stumpf said, there isn’t enough money to fund all the requests coming to the committee. There has been $3.5 billion in requests so far, three times as much as the money that has been budgeted for bonding.
“The real challenge is how do we deal with the relationship between the state and local communities,” said Stumpf. “The request of bonding not only has to be of significance to the state, but it also has to have support in the local community.”
McLeod County Highway Engineer John Brunkhorst presented the bonding proposal for Morningside in Glencoe, which is a joint county-city project. Morningside also is McLeod County’s County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 15.
Brunkhorst said that the Morningside project has three phases, the first two of which have already been completed. The first, in 2005, brought CSAH 15 across the Buffalo Creek. The second, in 2009, reconstructed the Highway 212 and Morningside intersection and extended Morningside north past Coborn’s to the railroad tracks.
The final phase, Brunkhorst said, is the most important because it would extend Morningside north past the railroad tracks to 16th Street, which runs past the high school.
Brunkhorst noted that Highway 22, the major corridor between Hutchinson and Glencoe, zigzags through Glencoe before hitting Highway 212 at Chandler Avenue. The extension of Morningside would allow truck traffic from Hutchinson to continue east past the high school, connect to Morningside, and then head south to Highway 212 on the east edge of Glencoe. That would eliminate heavy trucks from having to navigate through the Glencoe downtown area.

For more, see the Nov. 25 print edition of The Chronicle.