The last chance to comment on the design of the new Winona Bridge will be Thursday, October 17, at the Winona Armory from 4 to 6 p.m. The public is invited to comment during that hearing as part of the projectís federal environmental review. By law, historic impact, aesthetic value, economic impact, and environmental impact must be considered. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) has prepared and received initial approvals for its Environmental Assessment document, which sums up the projectís impact and weighs alternatives.
Unless public opinion sways authorities, the project is primed to receive a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), the last approval needed before construction of the proposed box girder bridge.
Mn/DOTís Environmental Assessment may be viewed online at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d6/projects/winonabridge/ea.html and during business hours at the Winona Public Library and at the Department of Public Works in the Winona City Hall building.
Until the comment period ends on October 30, written comments can be sent to Terry Ward, Design Engineer, Minnesota Department of Transportation, 2900 48th Street N.W., Rochester, MN 55901.
The 416-page document will also be available for public viewing at the hearing, Mn/DOT officials noted.†