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Fosston City Officials And MnDOT Address Citizen Concerns Over The Recent Highway 2 Corridor Study

By: Dawson Peterson dawsonrjradio@arvig.net (2/13/20)

Fosston, MN -- The big news lately in Fosston has been the highway 2 corridor study that has been taking place to see if the city would benefit from reconstruction of highway 2 from a 4-lane road into a 3-lane road. Many concerns have been brought up by citizens and business owners about the potential project. Mayor Jim Offerdahl, City Engineer Keith Kinnen and MnDOT Public Engagement Coordinator T.J. Melcher were on Food For Thought on Wednesday morning to address concerns that have been floating around in the community.

The city of Fosston averages 4,000 to 6,000 vehicles that use highway 2 every day and from a citizens persepective, removing a lane from a busy road means that traffic will move slower and cause cars to be backed up and have the potential to cause more accidents. However, MnDOT Public Engagement Coordinator T.J. Melcher says that is simply not the case. 

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When talking about the benefits that the 3-lane option offers, the sidewalks in front of the stores in downtown Fosston would have more sidewalk room for shoppers as well as there would be extra room for cars to park in front of said stores that the 4-lane road currently does not offer. Local farmers in the area also brought up the concern that moving heavy equipment and machinery through Fosston would prove to be more difficult but, City Engineer Keith Kinnen says there would actually be more room to maneuver.

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The next open house meeting where you can direct any questions to the Community Review Panel will take place February, 18th at 7 p.m. at City Hall in Fosston.