Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

Feb. 6, 2017

Environmental Assessment released for the Willmar Rail Connector & Industrial Access (Willmar Wye) project

Public hearing set for February 23rd in Willmar

Willmar, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation invites the public to attend an open house and public hearing regarding the proposed Willmar Wye project in the city of Willmar and Willmar Township.

The proposed project includes a 2.8-mile railway connection between the BNSF Morris and Marshall Subdivisions consisting of a mainline connection, siding, industrial park access spur line, access roads, and mainline extension. 

Roadway modifications include a 2.5-mile realignment of Highway 12, construction of two bridges on Highway 12 and Highway 40 over the proposed rail line, new local access road between the realigned Highway 12 and 1st Avenue West, and other road modifications to County Road 55, 1st Avenue West, and 45th Street NW.

The open house and public hearing will be held on February 23, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Minnesota Department of Transportation District Office, 2505 Transportation Road, in Willmar.

The event will provide an opportunity for citizens to review the proposed project and potential environmental impacts, make comments, and ask questions. MnDOT officials will be available to answer questions. 

There will be a formal presentation starting at 5:30 p.m. followed by a time for public comments.

The Environmental Assessment/Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EA/EAW) document states the purpose and need of the project along with the anticipated social, economic, and environmental impacts.  The document is available on the project website at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d8/projects/willmarwye.

Copies of the EA/EAW also are available upon request in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities. The documents also are available for public viewing during business hours at the following locations:

  • Willmar Public Library, 410 Fifth Street SW, Willmar, MN  56201-3298
  • MnDOT District 8 Office, 2505 Transportation Road, Willmar, MN  56201-2207
  • MnDOT Library, 395 John Ireland Boulevard, MS 155, Room 175, St. Paul, MN  55155
  • Environmental Conservation Library, Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central, Government Documents – 2nd Floor, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN  54401-1992


Written comments can be mailed, prior to the close of the 30-day public comment period on March 8, 2017, to Paul Rasmussen, Project Manager, Minnesota Department of Transportation, 2505 Transportation Road, Willmar, MN  56201-2207.

To request this document in an alternative format, please contact the Affirmative Action Office at (651) 366-4718 or 1-800-657-3774 (Greater Minnesota); 711 or 1-800-627-3529 (Minnesota Relay). You may also send an email to ADArequest.dot@state.mn.us.
For Minnesota statewide travel information visit www.511mn.org, call 5-1-1 or log on to www.mndot.gov