I-35W North Corridor Study Environmental Assessment
Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has concluded that the project will not cause significant environmental impacts. The FONSI (signed Jan. 25, 2018) concludes the Federal environmental review process.
Findings of Facts and Conclusions (FOF&C)
Because MnDOT has determined that this project does not have the potential for significant environmental impacts, an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is not required. The Negative Declaration Order and the Findings of Facts and Conclusions (FOF&C) (signed Sept. 26, 2017) concludes the Minnesota State environmental review process.
FOF&C Appendices (PDFs)*
- Appendix A - Public Involvement - EA/EAW Comment Period
- Appendix B - EA/EAW Comments and Responses
- Appendix C - Figures
- Appendix D - Recent Project Correspondence
- Appendix E - Additional Updates and Studies/Memoranda
- Appendix F - List of Commitments
MnDOT has issued an EA for public review and comment during the period from Aug. 29 to Sept. 28, 2016. Public hearing/open house meetings were held to review and comment on the EA on Sept. 13 and Sept. 14, 2016.
EA Appendices (PDFs)*
- Appendix A - Project Layout Figures
- Appendix B - Purpose and Need Report
- Appendix C - Alternatives Evaluation Report
- Appendix D - Agency Correspondence
- Appendix E - Environmental Assessment Worksheet Figures
- Appendix F - Phase 1 ESA Summary Table
- Appendix G - Environmental Justice (U.S. Census Data Tables)
- Appendix H - Air Quality Analysis Report
- Appendix I - Traffic Noise Analysis Report
- Appendix J - Public Engagement Report
- Appendix K - List of Commitments
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Environmental Review Process
Federal and state laws require an environmental review of the project. As part of the environmental review process MnDOT will prepare an Environmental Assessment which analyzes project design options, identifies project impacts and describes measures to reduce impacts. The three designs that are being studied include:
- Constructing a General Purpose (GP) lane – this lane is open to all vehicles at all times.
- Constructing a High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane – this lane is only for buses, carpools with two or more people, and motorcycles.
- Constructing a MnPASS Express Lane – This lane is restricted to buses, carpools and motorcycles during peak hours. Solo motorists with a MnPASS transponder and current account, may use the lane for a fee. The lane would be open to all vehicles and buses during non-peak hours.
- Project Layout Map: A graphical (engineering) depiction of MnPASS project for this area.
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