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Aug. 27, 2019

MnDOT District 1 Freight Plan open house scheduled for Sept. 4

DULUTH, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation will host a District 1 Freight Plan public open house Wednesday, Sept. 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the MnDOT District 1 Headquarters building, 1123 Mesaba Ave., Duluth, with remote call-in options.

Stakeholders and the public are invited to attend. Attendees will learn more about the draft regional freight plan for northeast Minnesota. There will be a presentation at 2 p.m., with computer and phone call-in options available, followed by an in-person open house. Attendees will have the opportunity to share their comments with MnDOT staff in person and online.

MnDOT District 1 covers almost a quarter of Minnesota’s land area and is made up of 8 counties: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Pine and St. Louis. This region owes its historic development and continued economic well-being to a freight transportation network that supports the safe and efficient movement of iron ore, timber and manufactured goods, such as metal and paper products. This extensive network includes Interstate 35, Highway 2, Highway 53 and Highway 169, major rail lines owned by the Canadian National and Burlington Northern Santa Fe and ports in Duluth, Two Harbors and Silver Bay.

MnDOT desires to provide a freight transportation system that attracts new businesses and enables others to maintain and grow their presence in northeast Minnesota. To do this, it is essential that MnDOT and its local transportation planning and economic development partners have at their disposal recent and relevant freight data and analysis tools. The District 1 Freight Plan is being developed to provide a clear understanding of the multimodal freight system, local industry use of the system and their needs and concerns. The plan will help guide MnDOT District 1 policy and programming decisions.

To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter, or other reasonable accommodation, call Janet Miller at 651-366-4720 or 1-800-657-3774 (Greater Minnesota), 711 or 1-800-627-3529 (Minnesota Relay). You also may send an email to ADArequest.dot@state.mn.us. Please request at least one week in advance, if possible.

More information can be found on the plan webpage at mndot.gov/ofrw/freight/districtfreightplan/d1.html or by contacting Bryan Anderson bryan.anderson@state.mn.us / 218-725-2794 or Andrew Andrusko andrew.andrusko@state.mn.us / 651-366-3644. To participate in the open house remotely, a call-in option will be available for the 2 p.m. presentation (call 877-568-4106, access code 956-094-693). The other option is participating online, which is the recommended remote option, as participants will be able to see the presentation slides. Log-in information is posted to the plan webpage or use global.gotomeeting.com/join/956094693. The plan will be posted after the open house for additional public review and comments, until Oct. 11. Comments can be sent to freightplans.dot@state.mn.us. For updates on freight, sign up for the Minnesota Freight email list.