The Minnesota Department of Transportation says the environmental assessment document for the Highway 43 bridge project in Winona has been approved.
Project Manager Terry Ward has called this one of the final steps in the over $150,000,000 project before the actual construction can begin next summer and Mayor Mark Peterson called it good news.
According to information from Minn-DOT a public hearing and open house on the environmental assessment document will be held on Thursday, October 17th, at the Winona Armory from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
The document describes the proposed project, impacts, and mitigation. It includes documentation on the findings regarding historic properties as well as a draft agreement that outlines the future design review process.
In addition, it states that adverse impacts to the Waterfront Trail would not result from the proposed project. The project includes construction of a new box girder-style bridge and rehabbing the current brige.
Public comments on the Environmental Assessment document will be accepted at the October 17th, meeting and through October 30th.
Copies of the document are available at the Winona Public Library and the Winona Department of Public Works at City Hall. The document is also available at the Minn-DOT office in Rochester and can be viewed online on the District 6 website.