Organizers termed the road rally very successful as the parking lot at the Blue Heron in Cold Spring was filled to over- flowing at the rallyâs destination. Participants gathered at the Blue Heron to listen to Dave Trooien, MnDOT district manager, talk about highway funding problems.
Paynesville Mayor Joe Voss was among those who joined the rally in Paynesville. He felt the long line of vehicles was a common sight on Highway 23 as members of the community are often frustrated by the traffic congestion and lack of areas to pass slower vehicles.
Dwight Putzke, Paynesville Motor and Transfer, participated in the rally because he feels progress is needed on Highway 23. ãWe need to work into the future to improve traffic flow. My main concern is to be informed so I can work with the system,ä he said. ãMotorists are not stopping when school buses stop and extend the stop arm. The four lanes will improve the flow of traffic but could also create new problems for school buses.ä
Ed and Kathy Webb, Paynesville, joined the rally at the beginning. ãThe road is miserable,ä Webb said. He has a daughter in St. Cloud and knows the route well.
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