Chairman Brings Home Money

It can help to be a congressional chairman. Take a look at this news release:

"Over $11 million in unused transportation funds have been redirected to four
projects in Northeast Minnesota. Congressman Jim Oberstar secured the funding
for these projects in the transportation technical corrections bill, which the
House of Representatives approved this afternoon. The legislation makes over 400
changes to the five-year surface transportation law that was enacted in
2005.

"’The 2005 transportation law was a $286 billion piece of
legislation that authorized thousands of transportation projects across the
nation; it was bound to need a few adjustments,’ said Oberstar. ‘In some cases,
the money could not be used by the programs that were authorized to receive it,
so I was able to redirect some of those funds to other worthy Minnesota
projects.’

"Below is the list of projects for Minnesotas 8th District
included in the technical corrections bill:

 "–$7,120,745 for
the design and construction of a new bridge on Highway 95 in North Branch.  The
current bridge, which spans I-35, is too small for the current volume of
traffic.

"–$2,272,000 to
continue upgrades on Elizabeth Avenue in Coleraine in Itasca
County.

"–$1,040,000 for
improvements to U.S. Route 10 in Wadena and Ottertail
Counties.
"

"–$800,000 to
design and construct the Clair Nelson Intermodal Center in Finland,
Minnesota."