MnDOT conducts wetland documentation ahead of 2021 construction project on Hwy 12
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — This month the Minnesota Department of Transportation will begin environmental documentation of wetlands along Hwy 12 between Hwy 75 in Ortonville to Hwy 59 in Swift County.
The documentation project will be completed within approximately 150 feet of the existing shoulder of Hwy 12. It will consist of visual observations of plant species and evidence of hydrology (standing water or saturation), and small holes will be dug to observe soil characteristics. Tall pink flags will be used to locate the wetlands.
This required work is part of the project development process for a construction project set for the summer of 2021.
The work should not affect traffic flow or speeds; however, MnDOT urges motorists to always drive with caution and watch for crews working near the shoulder.
Public open houses pertaining to the project will be scheduled at a later date.
Property owners along Hwy 12 whose property falls within the project limits have been notified, and should see their postcard from MnDOT for contact information and potential next steps.