Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Highway 243 Osceola Bridge

Franconia Township MN and Osceola WI

Public meetings and events


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  • May 10, 2023: In-person public meeting
  • March 3, 2022: Virtual public meeting

Public meeting engagement summary

March 2022

The Minnesota Department of Transportation in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is in the process of designing the reconstruction of the Hwy 243/Osceola Bridge over the St. Croix National and Scenic Riverway. Over the month of March 2022, the project team shared information about the alternatives under consideration and gathered community feedback, questions, and ideas. The engagement period started with a virtual public meeting on March 3, 2022. A total of 126 attendees joined the meeting.

Meeting materials, including video recording of the virtual meeting presentation, were posted to the project website. Members of the public were able to access the materials online and provide comment through the online questionnaire and comment portal. Hard copies of the presentation and comment cards were placed at City Hall and the Library in Osceola.

Engagement details
Shows 127 comments received, and more than 200 impressions on the open house materials. Also shows graph breakdown of comments received by type, with more than 95% of comments coming from online submissions (web, online open house, survey).
Key comment themes
Shows breakdown of comments by theme. Top three comment themes are: alternative details; concerns about construction impacts and detours; concerns about environmental impacts.