Minnesota Department of Transportation

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.April 22, 2016

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Finding of no significant impact on environment for Red Wing Hwy 63 bridge project

Determination is another key milestone with construction slated for 2017

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Federal Highway Administration has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact for the Highway 63 Red Wing Bridge project, concurring with the environmental analysis completed by the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation. This wraps up the environmental review process and moves the project toward design, permitting and construction.

The FONSI is a key milestone in the process to construct a new bridge over the Mississippi River in Red Wing. Construction on the estimated $110 million bridge to replace the existing Eisenhower Bridge is scheduled to start in 2017.

“Through detailed analysis, coordination with affected agencies, public involvement, and comments received, MnDOT and WisDOT have determined that the proposed US 63 River Bridge and Approach Roadways Project does not have the potential for significant environmental impacts and have concluded that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is not required for the project,” said Chad Hanson, MnDOT’s project manager for the Red Wing Bridge project. “We are pleased with the FHWA’s issuance of FONSI and their conclusion that the project will not significantly impact the human environment.

MnDOT and WisDOT have prepared a full administrative record of the project, including the Findings of Fact and Conclusions. An electronic copy of this document and other project-related items are available on the project website at: www.dot.state.mn.us/d6/projects/redwing-bridge/.

The project will replace the existing Eisenhower Bridge over the Mississippi River with a new bridge. In addition, the Wisconsin and Minnesota bridge approaches will be improved. The project will construct a jug handle intersection on Highway 63 at 825th St. on the Wisconsin approach. Improvements on the Minnesota approach include reconfiguration of the approach roadways into a buttonhook intersection with a slip ramp into downtown Red Wing, along with replacement of the Highway 63 bridge over Highway 61.

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