Bipartisan legislation allows Cook County to move forward with road project

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar today announced that her bipartisan legislation allowing Cook County to move forward with the County Road 8 reconstruction project has been signed into law.

A parcel of land required for the project was previously owned by the U.S. Forest Service and designated for the Grand Marais Cook County Airport, and legislation was required to transfer the land from the airport to the road project before work could begin.

Klobuchar introduced the bill along with 8th District Republican Congressman Chip Cravaack and worked to pass it in the Senate last month. Senator Al Franken cosponsored the legislation.

Although the airport no longer needs the land, federal restrictions prevented the land from being used for any other purpose. Klobuchar and Cravaack’s legislation facilitates the transfer of the land from the airport to Cook County, removing the barrier and allowing the County and Minnesota Department of Transportation to move forward with the road project.