Local businesses face MnDOT right-of-way challenges
Nov 18, 2019 07:58AM
James "Sporto" Ford stands next to the corner of his restaurant that is "encroaching" on MnDOT's right-of-way. Photo: R. Silence
By Rhonda Silence of WTIP Radio News - November 19, 2019
Although the Minnesota Department of Transportation Highway 61 construction project—a two-year undertaking—is not even beginning until Spring 2020, it has been in the news a lot recently.
The removal of trees in the highway right-of-way was troubling for many. But local business owners with frontage on Highway 61 are also facing challenges. About a dozen businesses are involved in legal proceedings with MnDOT.
WTIP reached out to nearly all of them and most are hesitant to speak publicly about their interactions with MnDOT.
However, two local business owners were willing to talk to WTIP. Here’s WTIP’s Rhonda Silence with more.
To listen to the interviews, follow this link to the WTIP website. https://www.wtip.org/local-businesses-face-mndot-right-way-challenges