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Washington County receives grants for Red Rock Corridor, Gateway BRT projects

Washington County is the recipient of two grants that will help fund preparations for the Gateway Corridor and Red Rock Corridor bus rapid transit projects.

At the Jan. 5 meeting, the Washington County Board of Commissioners approved a $135,000 grant with the Counties Transit Improvement Board to fund additional activities for the Red Rock Corridor Implementation Plan.

At the same meeting, the county approved a $1.350 million CTIB grant designed to fund the remaining tasks in the Gateway Corridor’s draft environmental impact statement, and to enter the project development phase of planning.

During the Washington County Regional Railroad Authority meeting after the county board meeting, commissioners approved an amendment to the Red Rock Corridor contract with Kimley-Horn Associates Inc., for planning a 12-stop route for the corridor.

Funds awarded through the CTIB grant were allocated to the expenditure.

A county board workshop on the Gateway Corridor draft environmental impact statement is scheduled for Jan. 19, with an amendment to the Kimley-Horn contract for Gateway on the agenda.

Commissioners, acting as the Washington County Regional Railroad Authority, are expected to act on the amendment at the Jan. 26 meeting.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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