Rep Denny McNamara’s Capitol Update: We are nearing the end of the 2013 legislative session

Representative Denny McNamara

Representative Denny McNamara

By Rep. Denny McNamara, 5/17/2013

Hello from the State Capitol,

As many of you are aware, some significant work is going to be taking place on the Hastings bridge project in the coming days. The Minnesota Department of Transportation gave me an update today, so I thought I would share it with you.

Beginning May 20, Highway 61 will be reduced to a single lane in each direction through the intersection of Hwy 10/Point Douglas Drive and Hwy 61. These lane restrictions will be in effect for about two weeks (May 20-31). The Highway 61/Highway 10 intersection will remain open and accessible.

MnDOT anticipates significant delays if you are traveling southbound on Highway 61, and potentially as far back as Highway 95. An alternative route that you may consider is Hwy 55.

The City of Hastings remains open during construction – all downtown businesses and other local destinations are accessible via the current Hastings Bridge. There will be no flagging operations on the Hastings Bridge and no lane closures on the current bridge during May.

Two lanes of traffic – one in each direction – will be rerouted to the new bridge in early June. The demolition process for removing the current bridge will begin immediately after the traffic change onto the new bridge. Stay tuned for more details on this part of the project.

In other State Capitol news, we are nearing the end of the 2013 legislative session. As I write this, only two finalized budget bills have passed off the House floor. With session scheduled to end on Monday, we have a lot of work to do.

Unfortunately, we are going to be distracted from our budget work on Saturday, as House Democrats bring forward a plan that will attempt to unionize our child care facilities. The Minnesota Senate approved this bill recently after a lengthy floor session, and the House floor will be the final stop before it reaches Governor Dayton’s desk.

I have heard from many of you about concerns over the unionizations of our in-home daycare providers. Recently the two largest newspapers in this state wrote op-eds on this issue. To see what the Minneapolis StarTribune had to say click here, and to see what the St. Paul Pioneer Press wrote, click here.

Keep in touch,

Representative Denny McNamara
359 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155

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