Welcome to the Rethinking I-94 Phase 2 virtual open house
Community feedback and engagement is important to a project's success. You have a voice in transportation decision making.
The project is in the environmental process phase. The environmental process is an orderly process. We will update the information and materials on this site as we continue through the process.
We developed the draft information and materials presented here based on community engagement during Phase 1 (2016 - 2018), and technical data gathering and project partner expertise during the first part of Phase 2.
Virtual open house
The information and materials presented here are at a summary level. After reviewing these summaries, if you want to dive deeper into the materials there are draft documents available on the project webpage.
Your participation and feedback
Your participation and feedback is important. The project team will review all feedback received before making revisions and drafting the Scoping Decision Document.
It is likely not all feedback received will result in project changes. We are committed to providing feedback to the community on how your input has influenced the decision and when we were unable to incorporate the feedback into the project.
During the initial community review process, we will be responding to all feedback thematically. In this process, we identify the themes across individual feedback and develop a response to that theme. Your individual feedback may include multiple themes and each theme will receive a response by the project team. We will publish both the feedback received from the community and theme responses.
Tiered Environmental Impact Statement
Tiering an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is often used when funding has not been identified or for managing the environmental review process across a larger area. The Tier 1 EIS includes the similar subject matter as a project-level EIS only on a more general scale until funding is identified. For Rethinking I-94, Tier 1 focuses on the mainline alternative and access interchanges. Implementing the mainline alternative and access interchanges will occur through multiple projects in Tier 2 where project details and impacts are more defined.
Tier 2 or project-level environmental reviews will occur in future phases as funding is identified and available for specific projects. During Tier 2, more detailed project elements are defined and assessed such as a specific bridge, access interchange, or construction project.
In addition to leading transportation improvements, MnDOT will support efforts being led by community and agency partners to fully realize broader livability goals related to health and environment, economics, sense of place, safety, connectivity, equity.
For issues related to the highway itself, MnDOT is the leader and partners with local agencies and communities. This is the agency’s primary and traditional mission. Examples include repairing pavement or addressing congestion issues on the freeway.
For issues or situations that cross over agency disciplines or missions, MnDOT is a partner with communities and other agencies. Even though MnDOT might not be leading a conversation or an investment, the agency may be involved in important ways. Examples include bridges that cross a freeway or local roads that connect to a MnDOT road.
While MnDOT’s primary mission is focused on transportation, the department also has the capacity to assist with other issues that may arise — from local transportation issues, to housing and public health, to economic opportunity. While these are not issues MnDOT controls, the agency has an interest in the broader health of its communities. MnDOT staff often know who to contact at other state and local agencies for assistance.