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Scott County lawmakers called on MnDOT to study a stretch of Highway 169 to see if there are any defects or irregularities contributing to 94 crashes since Jan. 1.

Prior Lake City Councilmember Kevin Burkart has been elected secretary of the U.S. Highway 169 Corridor Coalition and said he'll work to improve traffic flow on the important roadway. 

"My peers commute on this roadway, (and) 40 percent of the Minnesota employment force lives within 10 miles of Highway 169," Burkart said in a news release. "For the safe movement of goods and people, congestion in the corridor must be successfully addressed."

The coalition formed more than a decade ago with representatives of communities from Mankato in the south to the Twin Cities, according to the release. 

Burkart and other coalition leaders plan to meet with the state's congressional delegation and the U.S. Department of Transportation in June in Washington, D.C., to push for improvements to 169 and better connect the southern part of the state to the rest of the country and world, Burkart said. 

Community editor

Dan Holtmeyer is the community editor for the Prior Lake and Savage papers. He grew up in Nebraska and worked as a journalist in Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas before coming to Minnesota in 2018.

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