MnDOT Finalizes Right of Way Offers for Winona Bridge Project
ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation has presented purchase offers for all commercial and residential properties being acquired for the Winona Bridge project.
With the Winona City Council granting Municipal Consent for the project on Aug. 19, 2013, MnDOT was able to proceed with the Right of Way acquisition process prior to the issuance of a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). MnDOT Project Manager, Terry Ward, stated “This allowed us to maximize the amount of time the residential and commercial property owners have to consider our offers as well as their relocation opportunities in the Winona community.”
The Highway 43 Winona Bridge, whichcarries an average of 11,300 vehicles per day, is scheduled to begin construction in July.
MnDOT has targeted a Jan. 1, 2015, for all property acquisitions to occur. Ward said “our use of the CMGC procurement method has allowed this flexibility in the ROW acquisition process while still moving forward rapidly toward the actual start of construction. These were both important goals for the project from the city.”
In other project news, land-based foundation boring work started last week and is scheduled to continue through March. Initial findings indicate the subsurface bedrock is approximately 150 feet deep in this area of the city. According to Ward, “We are grateful to the business and residential property owners who granted MnDOT crews access to their properties for this work. These same property owners recently received purchase offers from MnDOT and have many pressing issues to deal with as a part of our acquisition. To grant us access and work with us during this time exhibits the true collaborative spirit the Winona community has shown toward this project.”
For more information on MnDOT’s Right of Way Acquisition process, visit: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/row/index.html