Public still can comment on Crosstown environmental impacts

The public has until Aug. 10 to comment on the I-35W/Crosstown project's Environmental Assessment (EA).

The EA is a large document that lists the projected environmental impacts of the proposed I-35W/Crosstown renovation. The project would reconstruct all Crosstown junction lanes, increasing them from six to 13 lanes in some areas. The plans also extends high-occupancy vehicle lanes to 42nd Street and adds a bus rapid transit station at 46th Street.

The EA can be found at public libraries or at projects.dot.state.mn.us/crosstown.

The project would also add westbound Crosstown access at Lyndale Avenue in the Windom neighborhood, moving a ramp originally planned for Portland Avenue east of I-35W.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation held an open house about the EA July 22 -- after the deadline for this issue of the Southwest Journal.

The department will still accept written comments at:

MnDOT Metro District

Attn: Project Manager John Griffith

1500 W. County Rd. B2

Roseville, Minn. 55113

Or via the Internet at: www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/news/CrstwnComment06162.asp.

The state and the Federal Highway Administration will review public input and then determine if more environmental study is needed or that the project poses no significant new environmental impact.

The City Council is being asked to give local consent to the project using environmental data. The Council's vote is scheduled for Sept. 3.