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Feb. 9, 2021

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No significant environmental impacts determined for Hwy 52 southbound reconstruction project

ZUMBROTA, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation has determined that the Hwy 52 Southbound Reconstruction project will not result in significant environmental impacts, and that the project does not require the preparation of an environmental impact statement.

The Findings of Facts and Conclusions has been filed and is posted to the project website in its documents tab. Through its own analysis, coordination with affected agencies, public and community involvement and comment letters received in the fall of 2020, MnDOT has determined that the long-term improvements to Hwy 52 as described in the Environmental Assessment Worksheet and the Findings of Fact and Conclusions does not have the potential for significant environmental impacts. MnDOT has concluded that an Environmental Impact Statement is not required and has issued a Negative Declaration Order for the project.

The MnDOT project is being constructed to improve the Hwy 52 southbound pavement and motorist safety and includes the following primary components: regrading and repaving of southbound lanes from 2 miles south of Cannon Falls to 2 miles north of Zumbrota, repaving northbound Hwy 52 from 1.1 miles north of Hwy 60 west to 1.3 miles north of Goodhue County Road 7, construct an interchange at Hwy 52 and Hwy 57/Goodhue County Road 8, replace southbound bridge over the North Fork Zumbro River, replace the Hwy 60 bridges over Hwy 52, add snow drift mitigation and close some at-grade access points. Construction is expected to begin in fall 2021. The contract letting is scheduled for Feb. 24.

To prevent further spread of COVID-19, MnDOT does not intend to circulate paper copies of the Findings of Fact and Conclusions document or the Negative Declaration Order in typical viewing places. However, these items and others are available on the project website. Should any readers not have access to these electronic documents, paper copies may be obtained by contacting Jai Kalsy at 507-286-7545 or jai.kalsy@state.mn.us.

To request these documents in an alternative format, please contact the Affirmative Action Office at 651-366-4723 or 1-800-657-3774 (Greater Minnesota); 711 or 1-800-627-3529 (Minnesota Relay). You may also send an e-mail to ADArequest.dot@state.mn.us.