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Letters to the Editor: Support Dayton's plan for roads, bridges

The majority of Minnesota's roads are more than 50 years old. It is expected that in the next three years one in five roads will pass its useful life.

The majority of Minnesota's roads are more than 50 years old. It is expected that in the next three years one in five roads will pass its useful life.

Forty percent of Minnesota's bridges are 40 years old or older. In the next 10 years, most will be past their useful life.

Gov. Mark Dayton has a plan to fix Minnesota's deteriorating roads and bridges. The plan is good news to drivers tired of dodging potholes and feeling bridges shake beneath their cars and trucks.

Businesses that lose money when their shipments are stuck in congestion and products are late to market will benefit from the plan.

Gov. Dayton's plan is good news for Cass County. In the governor's proposal, counties will receive a transportation funding increase in funds constitutionally dedicated for repairing roads and bridges. Cass County would receive an additional $1.7 million under Gov. Dayton's plan.

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The time to act is now. I urge the support of Gov. Dayton's plan by Republican Sen. Paul Gazelka to benefit all of his Cass County constituents.

E.L. Leach,

Lake Shore

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