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News Release
Jan 30 , 2008

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Public hearings for Highway 14 expansion set for next week

MANKATO, Minn. - People interested in the four-lane expansion of Highway 14 from New Ulm to North Mankato will be able to review the Draft Environmental Impact Statement at two open houses the Minnesota Department of Transportation is hosting on Feb. 5 and Feb. 7.

• Tuesday, Feb. 5
3 - 6 p.m. (presentation at 5 p.m.)
Courtland Community Center (300 Railroad Street)
*Note time change to accommodate Caucus Night

• Thursday, Feb. 7
4:30 - 7:30 p.m. (presentation at 6 p.m.)
Nicollet Public High School
1 Pine Street

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement contains several alternatives, including bypasses of Courtland and Nicollet and an alignment at the top of the bluff between New Ulm and Courtland. The DEIS documents the purpose and need for the project, project alternatives and the anticipated social, economic and environmental impacts. The complete DEIS can be found at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d7/projects/14newulmtonmankato/documents.html.

Detailed maps showing approximate construction limits, access points and intersections will be available at the open houses. Mn/DOT and consultant staff will be on hand to provide information and individual assistance.

With completion of the environmental review, the cities of Nicollet and Courtland will be able to move forward with planning and zoning, business owners and individuals can plan for their future and Mn/DOT can prepare for funding.

Public comments will be taken at the open houses, and also will be accepted through March 17 by:

Peter Harff, project manager
Mn/DOT District 7
501 South Victory Drive
Mankato, MN 56001
507/304-6147
peter.harff@dot.state.mn.us

A decision regarding the preferred alignment for a new Highway 14 will be made by summer 2008 after an assessment of the public comments.

Anyone requiring special needs should contact Rebecca Arndt, Mn/DOT public affairs coordinator, at 507/304-6106 or by calling the Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800/627-3529.


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District 7 - Mankato/Windom
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Mankato, MN 56001-5302
Phone: 507-389-6351
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