County Board Approves Resolution to Improve HWY 70

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 at 6:24 am

highway70The Pine County board approved a resolution Tuesday requesting safety improvements to Highway 70.   The highway has been the sight of multiple fatal crashes including one on New Year’s Day that claimed the lives of Robin and Michael Moris of Pine City.

County Commission Coordinator Mark LeBrun read the resolution.

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The board agreed to send the resolution to Governor Tim Pawlenty’s office, as well as to state senators, representatives, and local elected officials.

A citizens group formed in the Rock Creek area with the goal of making changes to the highway.  Blake Chaffee, with Congressman Jim Oberstar’s office, attended Tuesday’s board meeting.   He said Oberstar wants to work with the citizens group to help make the changes to ensure safety on 70.

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Part of the resolution requests the Minnesota State Patrol and Pine County Sheriff’s Office increase their patrols of Highway 70 to help reduce accidents.

At the January 5th meeting, the County Board approved the Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic (HEAT) grant.  The grant will help pay for overtime hours so officers can provide extra patrols to roads that have statistically proven to be dangerous.

Pine County Sheriff Mark Mansavage said the highway is not only dangerous for motorist, but his staff, as well.  He told the board that it is hard to pull drivers over on the highway because it lacks a shoulder.

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The meeting of the citizen group, Cognressman Oberstar, local officials and law enforcement will take place sometime in February or March.

2 Comments

  1. on the road alot 01/22/10 at 9:45am

    the couple who died on new years day were great friends, and i drive that road alot myself. extra patrol is a good start, but what is needed is funding for physical road improvement. cutting down the hills not only makes driving and passing safer, but makes pulling out onto the road from residence’s driveways safer as well. But unless there is a Pawlenty relative living on that road, good luck getting the funding.

  2. PC MOM 01/26/10 at 3:38pm

    Not having a shoulder on this road makes it especially difficult. I would hate to have a flat tire… and why would a trooper or deputy want to pull anyone over on that road??

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