Hwy 14 is a 4-lane highway from Mankato to Rochester, except the section of Hwy 14 from Interstate 35 to Highway 56. The proposed Hwy 14 improvement project will include reconstruction and capacity expansion as a rural 4-lane divided freeway. The proposed alignment is south of existing Hwy 14, paralleling the railroad corridor. Local system access will be provided with overpasses and interchanges. Total project corridor length is approximately 18 miles.
- 1/2 miles East of I-35 to 1.75 miles West of Dodge Center
- 2012 - Complete and Adopt Right of Way Mapping
- Final Design/Right of Way Acquisition/Construction – Dependent Upon Funding Availability
Highway 14 - Owatonna to Dodge Center Project Documents
An EIS has two parts, the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and the FEIS. These documents discuss the environmental impacts of a proposed federal Class I action. It is a full disclosure, decision-making document, used for actions which may cause significant environmental impacts.
A decision to prepare an EIS is made either:
- After early coordination and studies indicate potential for significant impacts, or
- When review of comments received on a project's Environmental Assessment indicates potentially significant impacts.
A ROD is the federal environmental decision document, issued by FHWA, which explains the reasons for the project decision summarizes any mitigation measures that will be incorporated in the project, and documents any required Section 4(f) approval.
The AD is the final environmental decision in the state environmental review program. It is the determination which concludes the state process, and allows a major project to proceed to detail design, right of way acquisition, letting and construction.
The following documents are available at the Rochester District Headquarters
The Scoping Document has been prepared as part of the federal NEPA process and specifically to fulfill state environmental review requirements. A Participating Agency Scoping meeting has been held in accordance with the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act:A legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU).
The Scoping Document provides a discussion of:
- The need for and function of the proposed project
- Alternatives considered
- Potential SEE impacts
- Agencies and persons consulted during project review
The scoping process is used in the initial stages of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process to identify the purpose and need of the undertaking and the range of alternatives to be considered. The Scoping Document also defines the form and level of detail of the analysis to be conducted in the EIS along with the time table for preparation.
Access and Interchange Study Report
The purpose of this access and interchange location report is to document the process for determining the best interchange improvements associated with both the existing north alignment ( Alternative2) and the south bypass alignment (Alternative 3) being considered as part of the Trunk Highway 14 (Highway 14) Improvement Project.
The DEIS provides information for governmental units, the project’s proposer, and other persons, in order to:
- Evaluate a proposed project which has the potential for significant environmental effects,
- Consider alternatives to the proposed project, and
- Explore methods for reducing adverse environmental effects.
County Road 6 Access Closure Analysis
The purpose of this study is to determine the traffic impacts to nearby intersections of the CR 6 access closure and to determine if improvements are needed at other locations to accommodate the shifted traffic from the closure of CR 6 at TH 14.
Highway 14 Final EIS - Noise Analysis
The objective of the noise analysis was to further quantify the potential impacts of the preferred alternative using a more detailed model that considers a specific alignment, locations of receptors, and topography of the area. The results of this modeling were then used to determine the cost reasonableness and feasibility of using noise walls to provide mitigation for the project’s impacts on receptors.
Hwy 14 Intersection Control Evaluation (ICE) Report
The ICE Report has been prepared to provide a technical, systematic method of determining the optimal acceptable traffic control for an intersection. Intersection controls such as signalization, two-way stop control, all-way stop control and round-a-bouts may be looked at. To select the best option, an Intersection Control Evaluation (ICE) must be performed to compare viable alternatives. The Hwy 14 ICE report studied the intersections of:
- CR 45/Hwy 14 Interchange
- CR 43/Hwy 14 Interchange
- CR 3/Hwy 14 Interchange
- Hwy 56/ Hwy 14 Interchange