Hennepin County holds last forum on Southwest light rail

  • Updated: November 25, 2012 - 6:34 PM

Hennepin County is holding a third and final public hearing on Thursday to take comments on the draft environmental impact statement on the proposed Southwest light-rail line.

The meeting, which follows ones held in Minneapolis and St. Louis Park earlier this month, will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday at City Hall, 8080 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie.

The draft document details possible impacts of the 15-mile line on five cities -- Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka and Eden Prairie. The $1.25 billion project is slated to start construction in 2015 and open in 2018.

Input will be accepted until Dec. 11 at swcorridor@ co.hennepin.mn.us or by mail to Hennepin County Housing, Community Works & Transit, 701 4th Av. S., Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55415. For details, go to www.south westtransitway.org.

The Metropolitan Council will review all input and release a final environmental impact statement, giving more detailed effects on cities and specific solutions.

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