Hagedorn Writes USDOT Sec. Chao in support of Rochester’s North Broadway Project

June 30, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Elaine Chao in support of the City of Rochester’s application, under USDOT’s 2020 Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grant program, to secure the necessary funds for the North Broadway Reconstruction Project. The $7 million federal grant would help fund the estimated $21 million project to convert the North Broadway Avenue corridor into a multi-modal gateway to downtown Rochester.

"The project will improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists, improve access to transit for residents and visitors, enhance mobility for all users, and establish a visual identity for Broadway Avenue as a gateway to downtown and the Destination Medical Center. The Destination Medical Center aims to improve economic opportunities, as well as customer experience, for patients, residents, employers, and visitors of the Mayo Clinic.

"Further, the North Broadway Reconstruction project will advance economic development in Rochester’s two federally designated Opportunity Zones. Enhancing infrastructure and the visual identity of North Broadway will help attract Opportunity Fund investment in Rochester’s priority projects,” Hagedorn wrote.

"The City of Rochester strongly supports the application and the North Broadway Reconstruction project as it will address needed street and utility infrastructure improvements along North Broadway,” said Rochester Mayor Kim Norton. “It is a gateway to Rochester for our community’s residents, visitors, and employees."

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.