Minnesota plan: fewer rest areas, less snow plowing, more new highways

| Tuesday, March 11, 2003

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau has proposed that the state spend less on highway services and amenities in favor of spending more to build new roads, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported recently.

Among the cuts proposed by Molnau, who also heads the Minnesota Department of Transportation, are:

  • Cutting 295 department workers, which the newspaper said would slow snow removal.
  • Closing about 45 rest areas, including all those not on interstates, and four to six on interstates.
  • Remarking highway shoulders less often.

The plan would save $84 million. It was presented last week to the House Transportation Finance Committee.