MnDOT acting chief, bus lines exec vie for top transportation job

  • Article by: RACHEL E. STASSEN-BERGER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 6, 2012 - 10:37 PM

Gov. Mark Dayton will choose between an agency veteran and the CEO of Jefferson Lines.

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huggybear28Dec. 7, 12 5:17 AM

Go with the professional engineer! Carol Molnau proved you cannot have an incompetent politician or political activist as the head of such an important department in the state.

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Willy53Dec. 7, 12 5:49 AM

The first question to either of these potential MNDOT Commissioners is this. Do you understand the absolute folly and irresponsibility of concieving of projects like the mamouth, controversial St. Croix Crossing in Stillwater which was concieved in the early 90's and has no place in the transportation landscape of 2012? Do you understand that this unnecessary freeway mega bridge necessitates an upgrade of HW 36 to "major freeway status" and will require hundreds of millions of dollars of upgrades from counties and communties from Stillwater to Roseville? Do you understand the stupidity of creating this unnecessary and super expensive bridge and corridor that will hog our tranasportation budgt for a decade despite MNDOT's stated 50-yr plan that explicitly discourages such new corridors that suck money, encourage sprawl and prevent real progess on more pressing infrastructure repair and replacement? Do you understand the arrogance with which this agency embarked on a plan to build the largest and most massive bridge that was a direct assault and affront to the laws that governed the Wild and Scenic rivers Act? Do you understand this approach delayed and made impossible a sensible and cost effective approach to this crossing that would have shortened approval and saved hundreds of millions of dollars? If they can't answer yes to every one of those questions they have an old time perspective that has no place at the top of an agency that is dire need of a progressive leader after years of damaging Pawlenty stewardship and traditional old time perspective from Commissioner Sorel.

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jackpinesavDec. 7, 12 8:27 AM

Molnau was a hog farmer from Carver County whose farm was bought by the state for the highway 212 extension; she also served in the legislature. That is why MNDOT was so horribly served by her leadership. Agency needs professional management by an engineer with administrative skills.

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