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Governor Mark Dayton signs bonding bill on May 30, 2018, fulfilling the City of Becker’s request for $3.3M for key infrastructure investment! Becker plans to make capital investments to improve transportation connections in anticipation of additional traffic due to industrial projects and future development in the Becker Industrial Park. While Northern Metals Recycling has been the catalyst for the investment, all industrial park residents will be benefactors of these improvements.
Transportation improvements will support the effective development of the city’s industrial park by creating efficient, effective and safe transportation connections to Highway 10, County Road 8, and I-94.
Future development of industrial park land will require supporting roadway system to convey materials, products, staff, and customers to and from Highway 10. An intersection at Hancock Street South and Liberty Lane will be constructed and sections of Hancock Street will be improved. A new connection between Hancock Street South and County Road 8 will be built. This supporting roadway will serve as a collector to connect Highway 10 intersections with developing industrial park sites, provide alternative routes to gain access to eastbound or westbound Highway 10, and will serve as an alternative for local traffic that may not need to use Highway 10.
During the 2018 Minnesota Legislative session, the Becker City Council submitted a bonding request to fund capital improvements to Hancock Street South in the city’s industrial park. Representative James Newberger, Senator Andrew Mathews, and Mayor Tracy Bertram led the efforts for a $3. 3M request. Bertram said “this is very exciting as it renews interest and activity in our industrial park. This funding sets the pace for future industrial growth and development! I can’t wait to get this project started.”
Bertram would like to congratulate the City Council members on a job well done for their vision of what the industrial park will become, and their fortitude in bringing it to fruition.