About the time that Jim Oberstar said that the quarter billion dollars designated for the Bridge to Nowhere” was Alaska’s he was getting $50 million for the widening ofÂ Highway 53Â to International Falls.
Because of Governor Pawlenty’s determination not to raise taxes leaving Minnesota befeft of the state money to match Oberstar’s project its not going to be builtÂ any timeÂ soon. The State Highway Dept doesn’t consider it a priority because the rest of our roads are falling apart and in need of much less glamorous maintenence.
With Jim’s ten trillion dollar deficit a lot of road maintenence is likely to be deferred in the years to come. So much for his power. Pothole anybody?