Our View: Good riddance, logging trucks
So Congress can work effectively together. Whodathunk?
Consider the amendment announced just six weeks ago to remove super-heavy, super-big, traffic-
congesting and street- and infrastructure-harming logging trucks from downtown Duluth’s Superior Street by allowing them to use Interstate 35 instead from just north of Duluth to south of Scanlon. A House-Senate conference committee added the amendment to its final report, U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, who represents Duluth and District 8 in D.C. and who authored the amendment, announced this week.
The House and Senate approved the bipartisan-supported amendment and the rest of the final transportation bill on Thursday so it can be sent to President Barack Obama, who is expected to sign it into law today.
Just like that, a years-long point of contention in downtown Duluth taken care of. And in just a matter of a few weeks.
“This is such good news for all the pedestrians and drivers who navigate Superior Street through the winter months when the pavement gets icy and snow piles up high along the sides,” Nolan said in a statement. “It’s good news for the businesses that depend on pedestrian traffic. And it’s good news for the logging truck drivers who will no longer be diverted into the city at risk to their safety and everyone else’s.”
Imagine if Congress could act this way more often: with bipartisanship, without putting party first, with a shared commitment to take care of a real issue, and without politics. Clearly it can — and needs to on a far more regular basis.