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News Release

June 19, 2016

MnDOT issues Findings of Fact and Conclusions on the Hwy 169, Hwy 41, County Hwy 78, and County Hwy 14 Intersection Improvement Project

ROSEVILLE, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has issued its Findings of Fact and Conclusions on the Highway 169, Highway 41, County Highway 78, and County Highway 14 Intersection Improvement Project in Jackson and Louisville Townships in Scott County.

Under Minnesota rules, MnDOT is the Responsible Governmental Unit (RGU) for this project. The proposed actions were described and analyzed in a State Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW). The EAW document states the purpose and need of the project along with the anticipated social, economic, and environmental impacts.

A Notice of Availability appeared in the EQB Monitor on April 17, 2017. The comment period closed on May 17, 2017.

A thorough analysis of the project and its potential impacts was completed by MnDOT. Through its own analysis, coordination with affected agencies, public and community involvement, and comment letters received, MnDOT has determined that the proposed improvements as described in the EAW and the Findings of Fact and Conclusions (FOF&C) do not have the potential for significant environmental impact.

On June 9, 2017, MnDOT concluded that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is not required, and as a result has issued a Negative Declaration Order for the project. This decision and determination is supported by the full administrative record of the project, including the FOF&C. The Negative Declaration concludes the Minnesota state environmental review process.

An electronic copy of the FOF&C document and other project-related items are available on the project website at: https://www.scottcountymn.gov/608/US-169-TH-41CH-78-Interchange-Design-Pro.

To request a hard copy of the FOF&C document, please contact Rick Dalton, Environmental Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Transportation, 1500 West County Road B2, Roseville, MN 55113; or richard.dalton@state.mn.us.

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