Funding will improve road safety and accessibility on Highway 19

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Tina Smith (D-MN) announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded over $15 million in federal funding for infrastructure improvements in Marshall. Specifically, the grant, provided through USDOT’s Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program, will allow the City of Marshall to improve road safety and accessibility on Highway 19.  

“Investments in our infrastructure serve as down payments on the long-term economic well-being of our state,” said Klobuchar. “This federal funding will help make our roads safer and more accessible and allow Minnesotans to more easily reach work, school, and other destinations in Marshall.” 

“Infrastructure is the backbone of a strong, resilient economy, connecting Minnesotans to their jobs, schools, grocery stores and countless other opportunities,” said Smith. “This funding will help improve highways and roads in and around the City of Marshall. It’s great to see these investments making an impact for Minnesotans.”

The resources will fund the final design, right-of-way acquisition, and construction of approximately 1.5-miles of MN 19 from Bruce Street to Marlene Street. The project will include pavement and sidewalk reconstruction or rehabilitation, bicycle lane striping, bicycle and pedestrian safety enhancements, a single lane roundabout, access management solutions, intersection signage and signal control upgrades or modifications, turning lanes, curb radii redesign, storm water infrastructure replacement, landscaping, street-lighting, ADA upgrades, and more.

RAISE grants can be used by communities across the country for a wide variety of projects with significant local or regional impact. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which Klobuchar and Smith supported and was signed into law in 2021, delivered a 50 percent increase in the amount of available funding for the RAISE grants, as well as resources for improving the state’s roads, bridges, public transportation, and water infrastructure.