Klobuchar, Smith Secure Funding for Infrastructure Projects in Stearns County

ASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Tina Smith (D-MN) announced that they secured federal funding in the Fiscal Year 2024 federal budget for road and wastewater infrastructure projects in Stearns County. The projects include road improvements in the cities of Sartell and Waite Park, and wastewater system upgrades in St. Cloud. Klobuchar and Smith requested the funding along with U.S. Representative Tom Emmer (R-MN).

“From critical road improvements to upgrading a sewer system, these projects will bolster important infrastructure in Stearns County and surrounding areas,” said Klobuchar. “We worked with local leaders to secure these resources and move these projects forward.”

“Revitalizing our infrastructure is about more than just fixing roadways, bridges and water treatment facilities, it’s about improving people’s lives, which is precisely what these projects will do,” said Smith. “These projects are going to make life easier and safer for Stearns County residents.”

Klobuchar and Smith have successfully secured:

  • $2,150,000 for the City of Sartell’s 15th Street North Regional Connection Project to improve the connectivity of the city’s road system to address traffic congestion and safety needs. 
  • $1,200,000 to reconstruct the intersection of Bel Clare Drive and Highway 23 in Waite Park to address safety concerns.
  • $1,000,000 for the St. Cloud Area Metro Sewer Replacement Project, which will replace a failing wastewater main relied on by over 180,000 Minnesotans in the area.

Klobuchar and Smith have been actively involved in securing this federal funding for projects benefiting communities across the state through a process called “Congressionally Directed Spending” (CDS). During the CDS process, Klobuchar and Smith have considered project proposals and advocated for funding in close coordination with leaders from across the state.

Projects are expected to receive funding over the next several months.