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News Release
June 19, 2006

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St. Croix River Crossing Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Statement

 

Roseville, Minn.—The Minnesota and Wisconsin Departments of Transportation
are distributing the 2006 Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Statement (SFEIS) regarding the St. Croix River Crossing between Highway 36 in the City of Oak Park Heights in Washington County, Minnesota and Highway 64 in the Town of St. Joseph in St. Croix County, Wisconsin. The public is invited to review and comment on the SFEIS during the official public review period that began June 16 and is continuing through July 19, 2006.

The last four years Minnesota and Wisconsin DOTs, the Federal Highway Administration and project stakeholders representing historic, environmental and local government interests have studied four "build" alternatives and a "no-build" alternative to find a safe and efficient crossing that is also sensitive to the area's cultural and natural resources.

The SFEIS contains a thorough examination of the social, economic and environmental impacts of the project. The SFEIS documents the preferred alternative, including the roadway approaches in Minnesota and Wisconsin, the river bridge design, the future use of the Stillwater Lift Bridge as a pedestrian facility and an extensive mitigation package.

Hardcopies of the SFEIS are available for review at the following locations:

Oak Park Heights City Hall (14168 Oak Park Blvd. N., Oak Park Heights)
Stillwater City Hall (216 North Fourth Street, Stillwater)
St. Joseph Town Hall (1337 County Road V, Town of St. Joseph)
Bayport Public Library (528 North Fourth Street, Bayport)
Carleton A. Friday Public 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 County Government Center Library (14949 62nd Street North, Stillwater)
Minneapolis Public Library (300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis)
Mn/DOT - Metro District (1500 West County Road B2, Roseville)
Mn/DOT Library (395 John Ireland Boulevard, St. Paul)
WisDOT NW Region Office (718 West Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire)
WisDOT Planning Library (4802 Sheboygan Ave., Madison

The SFEIS is also available on the project Web site at:
http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/stcroix/

Written or emailed comments regarding the SFEIS will be accepted through July 19, 2006 as follows:

Send written comments to:

Mn/DOT Metro District
Attn: Monty Hamri - SFEIS Comments
Waters Edge Bldg., 1500 West County Road B2
Roseville, MN 55113

Send email comments to: metstcroixriverxing@dot.state.mn.us. Please note, no forwarded emails will be accepted.

Following the public-review and consideration of all comments received regarding the SFEIS, a Record of Decision and Adequacy Determination are anticipated in August 2006 and will document Mn/DOT, WisDOT and FHWA's final decision regarding the environmental phase of the project.

Questions related to this project may be directed to Todd Clarkowski, Mn/DOT area engineer, (651) 582-1169, or Terry Pederson, WisDOT Northwest Region planning projects engineer, (715) 836-2857 or 1-800-991-5285. Individuals who are hearing or speech impaired can contact Todd Clarkowski by calling the Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529 or in Wisconsin by calling Terry Pederson at 1-800-947-3529.

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