The Region Nine Development Commission met Wednesday afternoon to review MnDOT's Area Transportation Improvement Program for fiscal years 2020 - 2023.

The $285 million program will bring much needed support to the roads, bridges, and infrastructure in the nine-county region. Public input is essential to ensuring taxpayer funds are invested wisely, so the community was invited to look over the draft and provide feedback.

"They'll see things for Highway 14. They'll see things in every single county. There are roads and bridges that are a priority, there's trails that are priority and also as I said the safe Routes to school will be in there too. Transportation is more than just moving cars it's about public health, it's about our environment, it's also about our economies, so all three of those things are really important to the people that live in this region," Shawn Schloesser with Region Nine said.
 
Portions of the draft will be included in a state plan, which will go for approval before the Commissioner of Transportation.

--KEYC News 12