Highway 14 funding needed now

To the editor:

I read with interest your April 13 front page article concerning the funding of Highway 14, and “that a status quo bill would keep putting people at risk due to Highway 14’s serious safety issues.”

That concern really hit home for me and my three passengers Saturday evening at 10:30 p.m. I was traveling west on Highway 14 about 100 yards before the Swan Lake Nicollet Bay Landing driveway when a car traveling east was attempting to pass another eastbound car. In order to avoid a head-on collision, I braked, turned onto the shoulder, started skidding, and continued on into the snow-filled ditch. Thanks to God’s guiding hand, no one was injured.

The driver of the car being passed turned around, asked if we were OK and whether he should try and get the license number of the “careless/reckless” passer. I said yes. He returned a short time later and said he couldn’t find the vehicle.

It is unconscionable to me to think that this project has remained unfunded for nearly 50 years due to “political considerations,” especially when MnDOT statistics reveal the serious safety issues on this area of our state highways. Is it true that our state government has no wasted funds that could be diverted to this project rather than raising the gas tax?

If New Ulm Mayor Bob Beussman or anyone else needs someone to testify about the dangers of Highway 14 and the need for immediate action in funding the project, I would be willing to do so. I will also contact our state legislators concerning the dangers of traveling Highway 14 between New Ulm and Mankato. I did not get the name of the Good Samaritan driver but would like to thank him again if he reads this letter and contacts me.

Myron Fluegge

New Ulm

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