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Home Working with Section 106 ACHP Case Digest Winter 2005 Minnesota and Wisconsin: Construction of a New Crossing Over the St. Croix River
Minnesota and Wisconsin: Construction of a New Crossing Over the St. Croix River
Agencies: Federal Highway Administration and National Park Service
In January 2005, the projects consulting parties met and agreed on the future of the National Register-listed Stillwater Lift Bridge. The 70-year-old bridge, which is a contributing element to the Stillwater Cultural Landscape District, will be converted to a pedestrian and bicycle trail once a new traffic bridge has been constructed. The State of Minnesota agreed to retain ownership of the bridge after its conversion.
The projects consulting parties generally support the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)s plan as long as funding is secured for the total mitigation package, including repairs to the bridge and $3 million to $5 million for indirect impacts from changes in land use. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MN-DOT) says that it will carry its request forward to the U.S. Department of Transportations Environmental Streamlining Task Force.
While MN-DOT has proposed establishing an endowment fund to assist the future operation and routine management of the bridge, it could not be used for a projected $7 million in repairs needed for damage caused by current vehicle traffic. MN-DOT can apply for Federal grants to assist with the anticipated repair, but such funding is not guaranteed.
To ensure that the critical work is done, the consulting parties have asked FHWA to make a more reliable commitment to the bridges rehabilitation.
The projects Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Statement, which should be distributed to the consulting parties by April 2005, will include the final Section 106 agreement.
For background information on this case, see the fall
2004, spring 2004, and summer
2003 Case Digests.
Staff contact: Laura
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