The Minnesota Department of Transportation will accept comments from the public through March 5 on a proposal to make improvements along Interstate 94 between Rogers and St. Michael.
Starting in July or August, MnDOT plans to lengthen the ramp from westbound I-94 to Hwy. 101 and build a third lane in both directions between Rogers and the Hwy. 241 exit at St. Michael.
The $32 million project also includes widening bridges over the Crow River and building a noise wall on the north side of the interstate in Rogers.
This week, MnDOT placed copies of the Environmental Assessment Worksheet on its website and at libraries and city halls to explain the scope of the project along with anticipated social, economic and environmental impacts. The locations are listed below.
MnDOT says the project will add capacity to the freeway, alleviate congestion and rush-hour backups, and reduce congestion on nearby secondary roads.
According to MnDOT traffic counts, more than 96,000 vehicles pass through the I-94/Hwy. 101 interchange each day, while 75,000 pass by the I-94/Hwy. 241 exits.
Here is where you can read the 173-page document in person:
• Hennepin County Library in Rogers, 21300 John Milless Dr.
• Rogers City Hall, 22350 S. Diamond Lake Road
• St. Michael City Hall, 11800 Town Center Dr. NE., Suite 300.
• Great River Regional Library, 1300 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud.
• Hennepin County Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis.
Comments can be e-mailed to project manager Claudia.Dumont@state.mn.us or mailed to her at MnDOT District 3, 3725 N. 12th St., St. Cloud, MN 56303-2107.
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