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More than 300 townships urge legislators to make transportation a priority

From Aastad to Zumbrota, at least 314 Minnesota townships from all across the state recently passed resolutions urging lawmakers to make transportation a top funding priority this legislative session.

Ten townships in Douglas County supported transportation resolutions, including Brandon, Holmes City, Hudson, Ida, LaGrand, Lake Mary, Lund, Miltona, Osakis and Spruce Hill.

The townships are the latest to voice their support, coming on the heels of announcements of support by more than 76 Minnesota counties and approximately 30 mayors and a dozen cities in the previous weeks.

For Minnesota’s townships, the ability to effectively maintain roads and plan for needed repairs is significantly impacted by the uncertainty of road funding, according to township leaders.

“Road work is what townships do, so we know that if you’re not keeping up with maintenance, you’re going backwards,” said Lenny Laures, township supervisor from Cascade Township, Olmsted County. “The state, counties and townships all partner in keeping our roads safe, but when there isn’t enough money to go around, townships find themselves with fewer resources for maintenance and infrastructure improvements.”