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St. Paul Mayor Coleman in D.C. looking for more road-repair funding

Coleman, plagued by road-repair complaints during his tenure, has committed extra money to fixing the worst streets, but will ask Transportation Secretary Foxx to help procure additional funding.

Potholes and deteriorating roads have been one of the banes of St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman’s tenure, so he’s already asked the City Council for millions of dollars in the 2015 budget to smooth over the problem.

Crews are already at work improving 11 of the “Terrible 20” roads that plague traffic in the Capital City.

Now Coleman hopes to get help making even more improvements. Federal help.

He’s in Washington, D.C., today, attending an Infrastructure Investment Summit at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Also at the event is Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

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So Coleman’s office said the mayor plans to corral the secretary for a private meeting on the state of city roads around the country. Coleman’s office says:

The Mayor and Secretary Foxx will discuss the Federal Surface Transportation Reauthorization, which has stalled out in recent years. The Mayor will also brief the Secretary on the 84% Coalition, which is a group of more than 20 Minnesota mayors focused on securing additional state support for municipal roads.

A quote from Coleman sums up the dilemma:

“Aging infrastructure in our cities is taking its toll – and climate change is compounding matters. Local property taxpayers simply can’t shoulder all the costs associated with maintaining and rebuilding our city streets.”