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Oak Park Heights gains input on Minnesota 36 reconstruction

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Friday that the city of Oak Park Heights won a court case against the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The city and MnDOT had disputed Minnesota's Municipal Consent law, which allows cities to negotiate plans for construction of roadways.

MnDOT had claimed that the MN 36 project was subject to a 2001 change in the law that allows for an expedited appeals process. Washington County District Judge B. William Ekstrum ruled in favor of Oak Park Heights, saying that the upgrade plans for the Minnesota highway are related to the longstanding Stillwater bridge project, and are not subject to the 2001 change in the law.