A commission, made up of Minnesota legislative leaders, will meet on Monday to discuss whether MnDOT can increase its spending authority by $195 million.
Congress has promised it will appropriate those funds to pay for a new 35W bridge.
If the Legislative Advisory Committee does not grant the request, 200 other construction projects could be delayed while funds are diverted to the 35W project.
On Tuesday, Gov. Pawlenty said there's no legal or logical reason for lawmakers to block the request.
MPR's Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked with Sen. Murphy.