Hagedorn Writes Transportation Secretary Chao in Support of Highway 14 Expansion

July 9, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) wrote U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to voice his support for the U.S. Highway 14 Four-Lane Expansion Project near New Ulm, Minn. Hagedorn wrote:

“I write to urge strong consideration for the U.S. Highway 14 Four-Lane Expansion Project application. I represent the project area and can personally attest to the necessity of this project. 

“Your approval of the BUILD funding application for this critical piece of infrastructure will make a huge difference for residents in and around New Ulm, Minnesota. 

“The Highway 14 Corridor project has been promised for almost 50 years. Members of Congress, from former Rep. Ancher Nelsen (R-MN-02, first elected in 1958) to my predecessor, Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN-01, first elected in 2006), who now serves as Governor of Minnesota, have advocated for this project. The time to complete the last 12-mile stretch is now.

“Today, in bipartisan fashion, I join with Governor Walz, numerous state legislators, local officials and my First District constituents to strongly encourage you to grant approval to this long-overdue project under the BUILD program.”

The purpose of the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program is to improve access to reliable and safe transportation in rural areas. The program is run by the U.S. Department of Transportation. 

View Hagedorn’s letter:

PDF iconHagedorn - BUILD Hwy 14 7.8.19.pdf

Jim Hagedorn was elected in 2018 to represent Minnesota’s First District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He grew up on his family’s grain and livestock farm near Truman. Jim’s father, former U.S. Congressman Tom Hagedorn (MN-02), grandfather, and great-grandfather were all southern Minnesota farmers. Jim currently resides in the rural farming community of Blue Earth. Hagedorn brings policy experience to Capitol Hill from time spent as a congressional aide to former U.S. Congressman Arlan Stangeland (MN-07) and a congressional relations officer for two non-partisan U.S. Department of the Treasury agencies. Hagedorn serves on the House Committees on Agriculture and Small Business to promote farming, Main Street enterprises and southern Minnesota’s way of life.