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Glenwood project included in House bill

A capital investment package passed by the Minnesota House on Monday included a provision for a rail grade separation project near Glenwood.

More than two-thirds of the $825 million in general obligation bonds went to bricks-and-mortar projects such as roads and bridges and water infrastructure.

"Improvements on roads and bridges are a major focus of the House and a number of projects in the bonding bill we approved fall into those categories," said Rep. Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck.

"I came away with a good feeling when the bonding committee toured the site of our Highway 55/Highway 29 separation project by Glenwood and it is good to see this project is in the House's bill."

The bonding portion of the bill includes: $364 million for asset preservation such as state-owned buildings; $120 million for road and transportation infrastructure; $153 million for water and conservation projects; and $188 million for "other" projects, such as $25 million each for school safety and mental health centers.

The bill provides an additional $254 million for transportation, another $10 million for water/conservation and $127 million in other funding for a total of $1.2 billion.

Another $26 million is earmarked for funds to be used in the construction of veterans homes in Bemidji, Montevideo and Preston, funded through excess reserves from the Vikings stadium account.