James J. Tiede, a doctor in New London, writes in an op-ed piece in the West Central Tribune, Commentary: When will Minnesota fix U.S. Highway 12?:
Willmar is the largest city in Minnesota without a four-lane highway. This city has been ignored, and commercially strangled because of this. We’re told, “There is no money.” . . .
It is true that environmental studies have just begun on those two segments of Highway 23, just the beginning of a long road to four lanes. The one bright light is Rep. Mary Sawatzky who has spearheaded some movement in getting Highway 23 studies going. Much applause to her.
Again … How many lives is it going to take before not only Minnesota Highway 23 but the bigger issue, U.S. 12, becomes a safer and commercially advantageous four-lane highway to our cities of west central Minnesota?
We live down the road on Highway 23, and believe he makes a very good point about the need for better roads in western Minnesota.
It's also good to see a tireless first-term legislator recognized for her hard work.
Photo: Mary Sawatzky
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