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Candidate forum will highlight area roads, bridges and transit

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Candidates for Minnesota House of Representatives from the Woodbury area will be discussing important transportation issues, including the impact of the newly enacted transportation funding legislation at a forum sponsored by the Minnesota Transportation Alliance.

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The alliance is hosting a series of candidate forums around the state including one on Oct. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Country Inn by Carlson, 6003 Hudson Road, Woodbury.

"Transportation issues have become a bigger concern for the public in recent years," said Margaret Donahoe, executive director of the Minnesota Transportation Alliance. "The Metropolitan Area continues to deal with traffic congestion problems while the state has found more problems with bridges and the need for more inspections.

"Our infrastructure is aging and funding is not keeping up with the demands. It's important for candidates to understand the impact of the decisions regarding transportation investments that are made in St. Paul," she added.

The agenda for the candidate forum includes a presentation on transportation issues and the impact of the 2008 Transportation Funding bill which will increase state funding for highway and transit investments by over $6 billion during the next 10 years.

"The safety and quality of the state's transportation infrastructure impacts people's lives every day," Donahoe said. "Elected officials can make a difference by supporting investments that will improve the movement of people and goods, making our state more competitive in a global economy."

The meeting is open to the public and more information can found on the alliance website at www.transportationalliance.com.

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