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May 19, 2021

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MnDOT, WisDOT ask for public input on Hwy 243/Osceola Bridge project

Public comment period starts May 19

ROSEVILLE, Minn. –  The Minnesota Department of Transportation, in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, welcomes public feedback on the proposed Highway 243/Osceola Bridge reconstruction project.

MnDOT and WisDOT have developed a draft purpose and need statement on the Highway 243/Osceola Bridge project and are asking for the public’s feedback. The purpose and need statement is part of the environmental review process. It outlines the purpose of the project and the anticipated social, economic and environmental impacts of the proposed action. The statement is used as a guide to evaluate alternatives and eventually select a preferred option. The document will be available to the public for an official 15-day comment period beginning Wednesday, May 19.

The Osceola Bridge was built in 1953 and is an important interstate crossing over the St Croix River, a federally designated National and Scenic Riverway. MnDOT and WisDOT are evaluating bridge reconstruction in 2025 with the purpose of maintaining a reliable highway connection on Highway 243 over the St. Croix River between Washington and Chisago counties in Minnesota, and Polk county in Wisconsin. The project team will coordinate with federal, state and local interests in the planning for the project to minimize project impacts to the St Croix River and other natural resources in the area.
To review and comment on the draft purpose and need statement, visit the project webpage at mndot.gov/metro/projects/hwy243osceola. Comments also can be made by email at jono.cowgill@state.mn.us or by mail to MnDOT, Attn: Dmitry Tomasevich, 1500 W. County Rd B2, Roseville, MN 55113-3174. Comments submitted on or before Friday, June 4 will be recorded and considered for the final purpose and need statement.

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