Otsego’s interests represented

• Involvement in I-94 Coalition helps make sure they     remain on the radar

by Dawn Feddersen-Poindexter

Contributing Writer

The Otsego City Council discussed the upcoming lane additions to Interstate 94 with I-94 Corridor Coalition Chair Steve Bot at their regular meeting on Feb. 24.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has approved funding to expand I-94 between Highway 101 in Rogers and Highway 241 in St. Michael. The project will add a westbound lane and an eastbound auxiliary lane at a cost of $35 million to $46 million.

“It’s going to open it up and relieve some of that congestion. If you’re headed outbound in Rogers, you’re going to feel it,” Bot said.

Construction is expected to begin this summer.

City Administrator Lori Johnson told the council that she and City Engineer Ron Wagner have, in recent years, made an effort to become more involved with the coalition.

“The long-range improvements that benefit Otsego, such as the interchanges at Naber and Kadler, will probably not happen in the near future,” Johnson said. “However, planning to accommodate those interchanges and representing Otsego’s interests in the planning and design processes is vital to ensuring Otsego’s long-term plans are not overlooked.”

The council approved the renewal of their membership in the coalition.

In other matters, the council approved a new $20,000 prekindergarten play structure for School Knoll Park. The purchase comes after a recommendation from the Parks and Recreation Commission indicated that several areas of the existing structure may make it unsafe in the near future. The cost includes removal and disposal of the existing equipment.