New Hope Pool Included in Bonding Bill
State lawmakers approved a bonding bill Sunday night that would fund $1.5 billion worth of public works projects across Minnesota, including a 50-meter New Hope pool. Plymouth would also receive money to improve a section of Rockford Road over Interstate 494.
The two cities are now anxiously awaiting the governor’s next move.
“We’re optimistic and we’re hopeful, obviously, because this infrastructure project for County Road 9, Rockford Bridge over 494, is very important to our community, safety-wise and also just updating a 1965 bridge,” said Plymouth City Manager Dave Callister. “So we’re hopeful that we can get this done, and not have to wait an additional year.”
The Rockford Road bridge over I-494 is deteriorating and can no longer handle the current levels of traffic. So the city put in a bonding request to help fund improvements. If the governor signs the bill on his desk, Plymouth would receive more than $9 million for this project.
New Hope Pool Awaits Governor’s Signature
Meanwhile in New Hope, city officials put in a bonding request of $2 million to help build a new, 50-meter regional pool that would benefit swim clubs throughout the region.
Local lawmakers were able to negotiate the city’s request into the bonding bill. If they don’t get the governor’s signature, the New Hope City Council will have some tough choices to make about whether the city really needs a 50-meter pool.
“Without the signature, the vote in the council is going to be split, probably,” said New Hope Mayor Kathi Hemken. “We know that with the $2 million, we will for sure build 50 meters. Without it, that depends on whether or not we can justify the additional cost. So we’re excited, but with a little trepidation.”
One other notable project in the bonding bill is an $18 million request by Second Harvest Heartland to build a new warehouse in Brooklyn Park.
Governor Dayton has 14 days to sign the bill.