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New Law: Roadway to be returned

Published (7/15/2011)
By Mike Cook
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About a 4.5-mile stretch of roadway will be transferred from the state’s trunk highway system to the county state-aid system.

Sponsored by Rep. Tom Anzelc (DFL-Balsam Township) and Sen. Tom Saxhaug (DFL-Grand Rapids), a new law will turn back to Koochiching County a portion of Trunk Highway 332, which runs between U.S. Highways 71 and 53 south of International Falls.

Anzelc said an agreement between the state and county indicates that this stretch of road is more appropriately under county jurisdiction. Because all trunk highways are listed in state statute, legislation is needed to turn one over to city or county jurisdiction.

Turned back routes are not typically high priorities on the state highway system, but can be high priority for the local community. This way, the local jurisdiction can put the roadway high on its priority list and pick up associated ongoing maintenance costs.

This transfer will be implemented with a one-time payment from the state’s turnback account. Whenever the state turns back a road it is brought up to state-aid standards or, if the road is in pretty good shape, a financial agreement is reached with the local entity to give them a lump sum for when the road needs to be rehabilitated.

The law takes effect the day after the transportation commissioner sends notice to the revisor of statutes that conditions necessary to make the transfer have been satisfied.

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