Investing in transportation

ROCHESTER, MN — The recently supported Destination Medical Center project is expected to double the population of Rochester in 20 years and with that comes transportation issues.

Leaders from all over the state were in Rochester to discuss what forms of transportation need to be invested in to help keep congestion down.

Topics ranged from changing highway systems to adding a rail system.

“It’s not just roads and bridges, it’s transit, it’s aeronautics, it’s shipping, it’s rail. It really kind of takes all of it,” said MnDOT Commissioner, Charles Zelle.

He said it will play a key role in the area’s economy.

“It’s not about concrete or guard rail or buses, it’s really about all of the people and the employers and the job and the commerce that gets connected by something that is so integral and that’s all of this infrastructure,” Zelle said.

He said transportation will be a big part of the growth over the next 20 years.

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