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March 7, 2013



MnDOT District 6
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Final Southeastern Minnesota Freight Rail Capacity Study open house set for March 13


ROCHESTER, Minn. — The public is invited to the final open house for the Southeastern Minnesota Freight Rail Capacity Study on Wednesday, March 13. 


The open house will occur from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Rochester Community and Technical College Heintz Commons, 1926 College View Road E., Rochester, Minn. 


Attendees will learn about the findings of the Alternatives Analysis Report, which includes benefits and cost of each alternative option. Alternative options include, leaving the existing rail corridor as is, constructing various improvements to the tracks, adding overpasses for roadway traffic or adding overpasses for rail traffic. In addition, officials will discuss five alternatives for the rail tracks to bypass downtown Rochester. 


Evaluation criteria used on all alternatives include sufficient rail capacity, acceptable traffic conditions, access for emergency vehicles, health, safety, environmental issues and cost.


This is the final open house for the Southeastern Minnesota Freight Rail Capacity Study. 
For more information, visit or contact Peter Dahlberg at


To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter, or other reasonable accommodation, call Janet Miller at 651-366-4720 or 1-800-657-3774 (Greater Minnesota); 711 or 1-800-627-3529 (Minnesota Relay). You may also e-mail your request to