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Official vows quick decision on Moorhead ramps

A top official with the Federal Highway Administration has promised Moorhead a quick answer to the question of whether closed Interstate 94 ramps will be reopened.

A top official with the Federal Highway Administration has promised Moorhead a quick answer to the question of whether closed Interstate 94 ramps will be reopened.

During a visit to Washington last week, Moorhead Mayor Mark Voxland met with a number of federal officials regarding the ramps that have been closed ever since a new interchange opened this winter.

Voxland said he talked with members of Congress and staffers, as well as Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez, who told Voxland he could not say at this time whether Moorhead would be allowed to reopen the closed ramps.

However, Voxland said Mendez promised Moorhead an expedited answer to the ramp question once federal officials receive information now being prepared by local officials in conjunction with a consultant.

That information could be ready for federal review by sometime in April, officials said Monday.

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The ramps were closed because the Federal Highway Administration has a rule against interchanges operating within a mile of each other, say Moorhead officials, who have maintained that keeping the ramps would be beneficial and safe.

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