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Highway 252/I-94 Environmental Review

Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park and Minneapolis

Project Manager Newsletter

March 2024

Spring is finally here! Welcome to the March edition of the PM Newsletter! Since my last update, I had the chance to take some time off with my family earlier this month for spring break and enjoyed driving to Florida and back. Hopefully you all have opportunities to get time off and recharge as we head into the warmer months.

The project team has been busy working behind the scenes to get ready for the upcoming Notice of Intent, a process overseen by the Federal Highway Administration similar to the Scoping Decision Document process MnDOT oversaw last year. We are also getting ready for the draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), and meeting with people to hear their thoughts about the project and to share information.

Coming soon will be a virtual public meeting on April 10 from 5-6 pm, where the team will be sharing information about the Notice of Intent, including how to provide comments, explain the project development process, and preview what is coming up this summer. The Notice of Intent is anticipated to be published in mid-April in the Federal Register; we will provide a prominent spot on the project website to redirect people to the correct place to provide public comment.

The DEIS will begin approximately in June and will include numerous opportunities for public engagement as we get ready to start making some decisions. Those decisions include whether Hwy 252 should go over or under local roadways at interchanges, where the interchanges should be along Hwy 252, and what the preferred design option should be along Hwy 252 and I-94. More information on engagement opportunities will be coming in May.

The project team has also continued to meet with various groups this winter to discuss a variety of study topics, including staff from Hennepin County and the Cities of Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, and Minneapolis; members of the Hwy 252 Safety Task Force; city council members; engagement staff; Technical Advisory Committee and Policy Advisory Committee members; and the public. We are always available to meet with you or any organizations to share information or discuss any issues you all may have. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you do.

As always, please reach out to us if you have any questions!