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Mn/DOT outlines next steps for St Croix River Crossing Project
Discussions continue to determine next steps to advance project
ROSEVILLE, Minn. —The Minnesota Department of Transportation is evaluating its options in light of the National Park Service’s (NPS) determination last week that the St. Croix River Crossing Project would have direct and adverse effects on the scenic and recreational values of the Lower St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.
The NPS finding effectively stops bridge construction unless congressional action is taken to authorize the project.
Due to the recent determination, Mn/DOT is evaluating which project activities need to continue and which actions can be scaled back. Items such as preparation of the preliminary bridge plan will continue to a logical stopping point. Activities that have significant costs associated with them, such as property acquisition, are being placed on hold until Congress makes a decision on the fate of the project, which is currently scheduled to begin in 2013.
Increased collaboration from the business community, elected officials and St. Croix Crossing Coalition groups on both sides of the St. Croix River has raised awareness of the need for the bridge. Since the mid-1990s Mn/DOT has invested approximately $25 million in project development and property acquisition.
More information about the St. Croix River Crossing and the NPS Section 7(a) Evaluation and Determination is available by visiting http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/stcroix/index.html