ROSEVILLE, Minn. — Environmental assessment documents for future expansion of Highway 55 between the cities of Plymouth and Rockford have been released by the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Mn/DOT and Hennepin County partnered to prepare the documents which assess the potential environmental impacts of the project on area businesses and residents. The documents are posted on the Highway 55 project Web site at http://projects.dot.state.mn.us/srf/055/.
The environmental assessment will also be discussed at a public hearing/open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29, 2008, in the Training Room of the Hennepin County Public Works Facility at 1600 Prairie Drive, Medina, Minn. Representatives from Mn/DOT and Hennepin County will be available to answer questions about the proposed project and the public will be able to formally comment. There will be no formal presentation.
Copies of the environmental assessment documents also will be available at local government offices and libraries; a list of locations can be seen on the project Web site. Comments on the assessment will be received through 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 11, 2008.
Mn/DOT is preparing a design concept for the design concept for the expansion project to identify right of way needs although construction of the project currently is not programmed or funded in the department’s 20-year plan.
Individuals with a disability needing reasonable accommodations to participate may contact Kent Barnard, Mn/DOT, at 651/234-7504. Hearing or speech impaired persons contact the Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529.