(Published in the Echo Journal, October 17, 2019, 1t.

(Published in the Echo Journal, October 17, 2019, 1t.)
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) proposes to reconstruct a segment of Highway 84 (Barclay Avenue) in downtown Pine River. The project involves a slight realignment of the roadway and constructing a new bridge over Norway Brook. The limits of the roadway reconstruct extend from 3rd Street on the east to County Road 1 (5th Street) on the west. Other improvements include improved pedestrian and bicycle amenities.
In accordance with Section 6009 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) Public Law 109-59, enacted August 10, 2005, MnDOT is soliciting comments on the effects this project would have on Pine River Dam Park. The project will impact a portion of the park located immediately south of the existing roadway and dam/spillway structure. The impacted area is proposed to be less than 0.1 acres with approximately 0.05 acres of permanent impact and 0.04 acres of temporary construction related impacts. No park functions will be permanently removed. However, a portion of the existing shore fishing area located on the west stream bank will be impacted. Proposed mitigation includes additional shore fishing opportunities to be provided on the eastern shoreline and improved pedestrian/bicycle amenities along Highway 84, which will enhance access to Pine River Dam Park.
It is anticipated that MnDOT will request the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to determine that the proposed action at Pine River Dam Park is a Section 4(f) de minimis action in accordance with Section 6009(a) of SAFETEA-LU. A de minimis finding may be made when uses of Section 4(f) land will have no adverse effect on the protected resources.
Information on the project impacts, avoidance, minimization, and mitigation measures is available by contacting the MnDOT Project Manager:
Eric Schiller, P.E.
MnDOT Project Manager
7694 Industrial Park Road, Baxter MN 56425
Phone: 218-828-5821
Comments on this de minimis determination and proposed action must be submitted on or before Friday, November 15, 2019, to the MnDOT Project Manager listed above. Comments will become part of the official record and will be considered when making future project related decisions.