Lawmakers Get Glimpse at Maple Grove Bonding Requests
Local lawmakers are gearing up to showcase why a couple projects in Maple Grove need state bonding dollars.
On Friday, members of the Minnesota House Capital Investment Committee first stopped at the intersection of Highway 610/I-94.
The city wants to extend 610 to County Road 30 on Maple Grove’s western border.
Maple Grove is requesting $15 million from the state to finish the project.
“The real importance of this project is to preserve the ability of the Maple Grove parkway interchange to continue to operate effectively as oppose to being overloaded and congestion occurring at that location,” explained Maple Grove Public Works Director Ken Ashfeld.
Lawmakers also toured the North Metro Range facility. City officials are asking the state for $6.5 million to double the space and enhance training.
Officers say 19 law enforcement agencies use the building as its training ground.
“Right now we don’t have the capacity to serve our current customers and we had to turn away other customer organizations, so we’re looking for that additional capacity as well as bringing in modern technology,” said Maple Grove Police Chief Eric Werner.
Legislature did not pass a capitol bonding bill last session. City officials are hopeful it will pass this upcoming session in 2020.