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News Release
July 24, 2010

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Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Statement
for Highway 371 available for review

BAXTER, Minn. -The Minnesota Department of Transportation has prepared a Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Statement for State Project (SFEIS) 1116-22 to document improvements to Highway 371 in Cass and Crow Wing counties.

The Highway 371 project corridor extends approximately 16 miles from the intersection of Crow Wing County Highway 18 in Nisswa to the intersection of Cass County Road 2/42 in Pine River. This segment of the roadway was the subject of an Environmental Impact Statement process that was concluded in 2005.

This SFEIS was prepared to address recent changes to the preferred alternative, based on a request from the city of Pequot Lakes to change from a through-city design (2005 preferred alternative), to a bypass. This SFEIS focuses on analysis of impacts and mitigation in the areas affected by the design change to a bypass of Pequot Lakes, including Federal Section 106 impacts and a revised Final Section 4(f) Evaluation. The SFEIS also includes a reevaluation of the entire project corridor to document other minor changes that have occurred since the original Record of Decision was signed in
2005.

Copies of the Highway 371 SFEIS are being distributed to those agencies on the current document review list made available by the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board. The comment period will begin on July 26, 2010 and will extend through August 9, 2010.

Written comments on the adequacy of the SFEIS should be submitted to James Hallgren, MnDOT project manager, Minnesota Department of Transportation - District 3, 7694 Industrial Park Road, Baxter, MN 56425 or by e-mail at
james.hallgren@state.mn.us

Copies of the Highway 371 SFEIS are available for public review on the project Web site at:
http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d3/projects/hwy371/index.html and at the following locations:

  • Brainerd Public Library, 416 5th Street South
  • MnDOT District 3 - Baxter Office, 7694 Industrial Park Road
  • Kitchigami Regional Library, 212 Park Avenue
  • Pequot Lakes Public Library, 31069 County Road 112
  • Pine River City Hall, 200 Front Street North
  • Nisswa City Hall, PO Box 410, Nisswa, MN
  • Pequot Lakes City Hall, 4638 County Road 11
  • Jenkins City Hall, 33861 Cottage Avenue

The SFEIS can be made available in alternative formats to individuals by calling the project manager at 218-828-5797 or to individuals who are hearing or speech impaired by calling the Minnesota Relay Service at 800-627-3529 or 651-296-9930 TTY.

For updated statewide traffic, construction, weather and travel information visit: www.511mn.org.

 

 

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