Minn. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Wisconsin and Minnesota Departments of Transportation (WisDOT, Mn/DOT) today released the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) that studies proposed alternatives for a new St. Croix River Crossing.
The documents are being made available to give the public an opportunity to review and learn more about the proposed alternatives in order to provide official comment on the documents and the proposed alternatives. "The release of this document is an important step in the decision-making process, said Rick Ahrnebeck, Mn/DOT Area Manager. We hope community members will weigh-in by providing their opinions on the alternatives under consideration."
Citizens have a 45-day period, which ends October 6, 2004 , to comment on the SDEIS and express opinion on their preferred alternative, river bridge type, future of the Lift Bridge , and comment on the suitability of mitigation items. Public comments received during the comment period will be used to inform the federal and state transportation agencies and the St. Croix River Crossing Stakeholder Group, in their evaluations of the No-Build and four Build Alternatives. Substantive comments received will be addressed and summarized in the Supplemental Final EIS to be released following FHWA, Mn/DOT and WisDOT's selection of the Preferred Alternative later this year.
The St. Croix River Crossing Project resumed in June 2003 by developing a stakeholder resolution process. A Stakeholder Group consisting of federal and state agencies and interest groups was formed. This group has focused on identifying alternatives and issues to be addressed in a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the project.
Newsletters have been sent notifying residents and businesses in the project area of the availability of the documents at local libraries and of the comment period.
The newsletter also notified residents and businesses of the two Public Hearings that will provide an opportunity for members of the public to give official input regarding the alternatives.
The first Public Hearing will be held on Tuesday, September 21, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Stillwater Junior High School , 523 W. Marsh Street , Stillwater , Minnesota .
The second Hearing will be held on Wednesday, September 22, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Somerset High School , 645 Sunset Drive, Somerset , Wisconsin .
Each hearing will include a pre-recorded presentation summarizing key project details, in addition to open house format displays with information about the alternatives being considered. As an information service, representatives of FHWA, WisDOT, Mn/DOT and the project consultant, SRF Consulting, will be available to answer questions about the project. Previously completed documents and the newly released SDEIS will also be available for review at the hearings. The tentative schedules for right of way acquisition and construction will be available, as well as information on the proposing agencies' relocation assistance program.
The public is encouraged to attend a hearing to learn more about the proposed alternatives and provide their input regarding the alternatives.
Written mail comments concerning the St. Croix River Crossing Supplemental Draft Impact Statement should be sent to the following address:
St. Croix River Crossing Project
SDEIS Public Comments
Mn/DOT Metro District
Waters Edge Mail Stop 51
1500 West County Road B2
Roseville MN 55113
E-Mail: Direct E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org . No forwards will be accepted.
The SDEIS is available for review in PDF format
on the project website ( www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/stcroix )
Hard copies are available for review at the following locations: Oak Park Heights City Hall (14168 Oak Park Blvd. North, Oak Park Heights); Stillwater City Hall (216 North Fourth Street, Stillwater); St. Joseph Town Hall (1337 County Road V, St. Joseph); Bayport Public Library (528 North Fourth Street, Bayport); Carleton A. Friday Memorial Library (155 East First Street, New Richmond); Hudson Area Joint Library (911 Fourth Street, Hudson); Somerset Public Library (208 Hud Street, Somerset); Stillwater Public Library (223 Fourth Street North, Stillwater); Washington Co. Gov. Center Library (14949 62nd Street North, Stillwater); Mn/DOT - Metro District (1500 County Road B2, Roseville); Mn/DOT Library (395 John Ireland Boulevard, St. Paul); WisDOT District 6, 718 W. Clairemont, Eau Claire); WisDOT Planning Library (4802 Sheboygan Avenue, Madison); and the Environmental Conservation Library (300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis)