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Environmental Documents

Environmental Requirements


A Federal Environmental Assessment (EA) and State Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) is required as part of the roadway reconstruction project development process. MnDOT prepares an EA/EAW for federal and state funded projects where the potential significance of the environmental effects is not clearly established. The primary purpose of an EA/EAW is to help the FHWA and MnDOT decide whether an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) might be needed. Therefore, the EA/EAW should address those resources or features which the FHWA and MnDOT decide may have likelihood for being significantly impacted. The EA/EAW will include thorough discussions of the alternatives evaluated and their impacts.


The EA/EAW is complete and a press release and a notice was mailed/emailed to the Highway 1 Reconstruction Project mailing list. A copy of the EA/EAW is available below on this website in PDF format.


Cultural Resource Evaluations

Click on the reports below to view the report in HTML or PDF format.


The Phase I Cultural Resource Evaluations

"Phase I Archeological Survey on T.H. 1, Lake County, Minnesota" Prepared by Duluth Archeology center, LLC, Duluth, MN


The Phase II Cultural Resource Evaluations


Historic Properties

"Phase II Evaluation of Three Properties - Trunk Highway 1 Reconstruction Project - Lake County Minnesota - S.P. 3802-18" Prepared by Mead & Hunt, Inc., Minneapolis, MN.


Archeological Properties

"Phase II Archeological Evaluation of the St. Croix Lumber Company Dam and the Dunnigan Lake Civilian Conservation Corps Camp along Trunk Highway 1" Prepared by The Louis Berger Group, Inc., Marion, IA.


Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Appendix D


Interesting Links

Historic Roads - Dedicated to the Identification, Preservation, and Management of Historic Roads



Environmental Assessment

The entire Environmental Assessment is available below in a PDF version. The text, figures, exhibits, and appendices are separated into individual sections to keep the files smaller which are easier to download.


Cover Page
Contact and Signature Page
Certification Page

Environmental Assessment Document


1 - Site Location
2 - USGS Topography and Gravel Pits
3 - Superior National Forest Map
4 - Construction Phasing
5 - Typical Cross-Section
6 - Bedrock Outcrops
7 - Soils
8 - Locations of Existing Potentially Contaminated Soils
9 - Cover Types
10-USFS Timber Cuts
11-DNR Public Waters Inventory
12-FEMA Floodplains


A - Agency Coordination History
B - Biological Evaluation
C - Minnesota DNR Correspondence
D - Section 4(f) Evaluation and Section 106 Correspondence
E - Crash Analysis
F - Public Scoping Meeting Transcript
G - Excerpts of Public Comments


Environmental Timeline

Event Location Date
Public Informational Meeting Ely, MN Jan. 14, 2004
EA/EAW Distributed and available on this website   Sept. 13 , 2004
Public Hearing for EA/EAW Stony River Township Hall - Isabella, MN Sept. 29, 2004
Public Comment Period Ends   Oct. 28, 2004




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