Congressman Collin Peterson -- Minnesota's Seventh Congressional District
Press Release
May 25, 2011
Allison Myhre/202-302-6153

Klobuchar, Franken, Peterson, Walz Announce $1 Million to Repair Highway Damage from Spring Flooding

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and U.S. Representatives Collin Peterson and Tim Walz announced today that the Federal Highway Administration has awarded the Minnesota Department of Transportation a $1 million grant to repair damage from spring flooding.  The grant is administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation for eligible repairs that include those to restore essential traffic, minimize the extent of damage, or protect the remaining facilities as well as make permanent repairs necessary to restore the highways to their pre-disaster condition.  

“As we approach the summer travel season, we need to ensure our roads are safe and reliable for all Minnesotans,” Klobuchar said.  “This grant will help make critical repairs and improve the quality of roads and bridges in communities across Minnesota that experienced spring flooding.” 

“Although this spring’s floodwaters have receded and most of the mess has been cleaned up, I’ve seen roads all over Minnesota that are still washed out or damaged,” said Sen. Franken. “These federal funds will allow us to rebuild and repair our highways so Minnesotans can get to work and get around the state."  

“After a tough winter and the resulting spring thaw, the damage to our roadways has been significant,” Peterson said. “These funds are critical to getting our transportation infrastructure back in shape.”

"Ensuring that Minnesota residents and businesses have safe, reliable roads is critical to commerce and our quality of life," said Walz. "I am pleased MnDOT will be able to use this money to repair roads damaged by flooding so we can keep Minnesota moving."

Beginning on March 4, 2011, catastrophic flooding from spring snowmelt resulted in damages to federal-aid highways throughout Minnesota . The following counties were affected by this event: Aitkin, Becker, Benton, Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Carver, Chippewa, Clay, Cottonwood, Dakota, Goodhue, Grant, Hennepin, Houston, Jackson, Kittson, Lac qui Parle, Le Sueur, Lyon, Marshall, McLeod, Morrison, Nicollet, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Polk, Ramsey, Red Lake, Redwood, Renville, Scott, Sibley, Stearns, Steele, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Traverse, Wabasha, Washington, Watonwan, Wilkin, Winona, Wright, and Yellow Medicine.