Congressman Rick Nolan

Representing the 8th District of Minnesota
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Nolan Announces $744, 929 Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund Grant for Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Mahnomen Road Pathway, Lighting and Signage Project

Jul 5, 2018
Press Release

[WASHINGTON D.C.] Congressman Rick Nolan today announced that the Fond du Lac Lake Superior Band of Chippewa will be the recipient of a $744, 929 discretionary grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation via the Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund (TIPSF).

Nolan noted that the project involves construction of 1.00 mile of pathway along Mahnomen Road which is located between Brookston Road and Belich Road on the Fond du Lac Reservation in Cloquet Minnesota. The road is owned by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

“This announcement comes as great news for the Tribe and surrounding region. But it isn’t just about upgrading infrastructure,” Nolan said. It’s about preventing future pedestrian/vehicle crash fatalities, such as the fatality that occurred when a child was struck and killed on a nearby route, Belich Road. This money will be used to make needed upgrades to prevent tragic accidents like this from occurring. The pathway along Mahnomen Road, which is currently heavily relied on by pedestrians sharing the roadway with motorists in Mahnomen community, would provide safe connectivity between bus stops and residential areas, the Mahnomen Community, Brookston Community Center, and Ashkibwaakaaning Center,” Nolan added.

Nolan also pointed out that we need to rebuild America – beginning with our entire transportation infrastructure. The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that we will need between $3 and $4 trillion dollars to rebuild our crumbling transportation system – and in the process create some 13 million new good paying middle class jobs in construction, and throughout our economy.

As Minnesota’s only Democratic member of the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, Nolan continues to work on a bipartisan basis to advance a comprehensive, long-term transportation plan with new sources of funding to rebuild our highways, roads, bridges, airports, harbors, railroads, mass transit systems and pipelines. Nolan noted that our ability to grow our 21st Century economy and successfully compete in the global marketplace depends on the progress we make in achieving these goals.