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Minnesota and Wisconsin Departments of Transportaion

News Release

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September 7, 2004

Public Hearings Scheduled for St. Croix River Crossing

     

Roseville, Minn.— The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Wisconsin and Minnesota Departments of Transportation (WisDOT, Mn/DOT) will hold two Public Hearings that will provide an opportunity for members of the public to give official input regarding alternatives studied for a new St. Croix River Crossing between Washington County, Minnesota and St. Croix County, Wisconsin.


All interested persons are invited to attend either hearing and to present relevant oral and/or written testimony including recommendations of the proposed river crossing location, the type of new bridge structure, the future use of the Lift Bridge, and the suitability of potential mitigation items.


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.


The hearings will provide identical information and no formal presentation will be made. As an informational service, representatives of FHWA, WisDOT, Mn/DOT and the project consultant, SRF Consulting, will be available to answer questions about the project. Maps, drawings, animations, and other pertinent information (including the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement) will be available. 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 Environmental Impact Statement is required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, which directs agencies to use a systematic, interdisciplinary approach during planning and decision-making whenever a project has a potential impact on the human environment.


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.


Provisions have been made for the submission of written statements or other exhibits in place of, or in addition to, the testimony presented at these public hearings. This additional testimony will be included in the hearing transcript if postmarked not later than October 6, 2004.

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 – metstcroixriverxing@dot.state.mn.us. No forwards will be accepted.

The SDEIS is available for review on the project website (www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/stcroix) and 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)

The hearing sites are wheelchair accessible. Individuals with a disability who need reasonable accommodation to participate in the public hearings, please contact Mary McFarland at 651-582-1176. Hearing or speech-impaired persons should contact the Minnesota relay Service at 1-800-627-3529

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Contact:

Mary McFarland, Mn/DOT
Metro District Communications
651-582-1176

Brent Pickard, WisDOT Communications Manager, (715) 836-4623

 

Additional Information

St. Croix River Crossing Web site

 

Metro District:
1500 County Road B2 West
Roseville, MN 55113
Office Tel: 612/582-1000