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Bachmann wants wider I-94; Not atop MnDOT list

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann says she's working to muster support in Minnesota and Washington for money to add a new Interstate 94 lane in each direction between the western suburbs and St. Cloud.

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The congresswoman gathered supporters Monday at the state Capitol to talk about the project, as well as a related push to upgrade Highway 10 that runs parallel to the heavily traveled interstate. Backers of the I-94 project are trying to amass $25 million for the first construction phase of an expansion that could reach $100 million when fully complete.

Bachmann says transportation is one of the "supreme duties" of government because it directly affects safety and commerce.

A Minnesota Department of Transportation spokesman says the I-94 widening doesn't rank high on the agency's project list.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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