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Push is on for Hwy. 212 improvements

Local legislators were asked Friday afternoon at a gathering at the Glencoe City Center’s Historic Room what can be done locally to help push for progress and funding for the long-stalled Highway 212 improvements. Those improvements would extend the four lanes west from Carver to Cologne.
The historic room seemed appropriate since the Highway 212 extension has been in the works for over 60 years and still has two major gaps — the five miles from Chaska to Cologne, and another five or six miles from Cologne to Norwood Young America.
Attending the meeting were state Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe, state Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City, mayors of Glencoe and Hutchinson along with council members and staff from both communities, all the county commissioners, some township officials, county highway department personnel as well as some industry leaders and economic development experts.
But it was Carver County Highway Engineer Lyndon Robjent who put things into perspective: “We’re pushing MnDOT (Minnesota Department of Transportation) as hard as we can,” but he said the metro MnDOT division has no interest in putting money into four-lane highways that are outside of the Highway 494/694 beltline around the metro area.
“It is not a priority with the Met Council,” Robjent added of Highway 212, “and it never will be for the metro MnDOT district.” For more, see the Feb. 11 print edition of The Chronicle.