Environmental assessment worksheet complete for 55, 149 projects

Construction on highways 55 and 149 in Eagan is in the works, and officials say they hope to begin work by next year.

Eagan officials, in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, propose adding a third through lane to both state highways.

Plans call for a third lane in both directions of Highway 55 between Highway 149 and Interstate 494. Officials plan to construct a third northbound through lane on Highway 149 between Highway 55 and I-494.

“This will help with capacity of that section and with signaling timing,” said Tim Plath, transit operations engineer for the city of Eagan.

Officials hope to begin construction on both projects, which is estimated to cost $6.1 million, by the summer of 2014.

Commuters will likely experience some delays during construction, but the details are unknown at this time, Plath said.

Both projects have been in the works since last year as officials look to improve traffic flow and access to I-494.

Officials had hoped to begin construction on Highway 55 by 2013 and Highway 149 by 2014.

“We decided to bring it together so construction would be done at one time, and lessening the inconvenience to drivers,” Plath said.

An environmental assessment worksheet was completed on June 17 for both proposed projects and identified no significant problems.

The EAW includes information on impacts such as potential contamination to neighboring properties and wetlands, erosion, and effects on storm water quality.

Members of the public can view the document at cityofeagan.com, key word 149 or 55, or during regular business hours at Eagan City Hall, 3830 Pilot Knob Road, or at Wescott Library, 1340 Wescott Road.

Written comments are being accepted from June 24 to July 24 and should be submitted to Rick Dalton, environmental coordinator, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Metro District, 1500 W. County Road B2, Roseville, MN 55113. Or call or email: 651-234-7677; Richard.Dalton@state.mn.us.

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