I look forward to being able to make radical decisions on Broadway that MN-DOT would not allow. Putting an “M” up on a skyway, for example… I think as we reclaim our roadway we should shut it down to cars for a day and hold a celebration. This is a key step towards making the East side of Broadway prosper.
Details on getting Broadway back are below. This is not final. I would not that this delays payments to Rochester more that I had expected. I expect that this will happen in 3Q 2013
I am excited to share that today the bill to provide funding for our TH 63 release to the City and County per Agreements 00522 and 00523 will be passed and is expected to be signed into law by the Governor soon. MnDOT is processing documents to accomplish the permanent release of TH 63 to you before the month ends, and after MSAS and CSAH designations occur, turnback payments can follow.
It is our intention make payment of $3,000,000 to the City of Rochester and $10,000,000 to Olmsted County in July of this year. It is also our intention to make payments for years 2014 ($13,000,000 to the City and $10,000,000 to the County) and 2015 ($10,000,000 to the City). If for any unforeseen reason funding becomes unavailable or delayed, I assure you that MnDOT will work to amend our agreements in order to resolve issues to our mutual satisfaction.