MnDOT to host open house on Highway 8 corridor

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) recently studied the Highway 8 corridor between Greenway Avenue in Forest Lake and Karmel Avenue in Chisago City. Results will be unveiled during at open house from 5:30-7:30 p.m. next Wednesday, June 26 at Lord of the Lakes Lutheran Church, 25402 Itasca Ave., Forest Lake.

Attendees will learn about the study recommendations and next steps. Specific construction projects are not currently planned or funded as a result of this study. The goal of the study was to identify an outline for right-of-way preservation that will guide future development along the corridor.

The Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW), released June 10, examines the purpose and need for improvements to Highway 8 along with the anticipated social, economic and environmental impacts that could occur if the highway was expanded.

Written comments on the EAW will be accepted through July 10. It can be reviewed online at www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/hwy8study/. It can be viewed in person at Giese Memorial Library, 26855 Forest Blvd., Wyoming.

Comments should be submitted to MnDOT Environmental Coordinator Rick Dalton at 651-234-7677, Richard.Dalton@state.mn.us, or by mail at Minnesota Department of Transportation, Metro District, 1500 West County Road B2, Roseville, MN 55113.

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