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Notice of Opportunity to Request Pub Hrg on the WIS 64 FWY/EXPWAY Designation

Friday, May 23, 2014 - 11:20pm

NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY TO REQUEST A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE WIS 64 FREEWAY EXPRESSWAY DESIGNATION AND CONVERSION STUDY
AND NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF AN
ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR THE WIS 64 FREEWAY EXPRESSWAY DESIGNATION AND
CONVERSION STUDY BETWEEN 150TH STREET AND WIS 65
ST. CROIX COUNTY
ALL INTERESTED PERSONS are advised of an opportunity to request a public hearing by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) to consider the Environmental Assessment prepared for the designation and conversion of WIS 64 as a Freeway and Expressway between 150th Street and WIS 65 in St. Croix County.
The Proposed Action (Project ID 8110-01-03) would officially designate WIS 64 as a Freeway between 150th Street and WIS 35 and as an Expressway between WIS 35 and WIS 65 through the process established in Wisconsin State Statute 84.295. This Statute is a long-term official mapping and planning tool available to WisDOT to help protect and preserve the necessary right-of-way for future transportation needs. This proactive tool allows WisDOT to address safety, operation, mobility and capacity issues in advance of impending long-term needs. No property will be acquired at this time.
The Proposed Action is located solely in St. Croix County. The length of the entire project corridor is 12.39 miles. The freeway designation is a declaration action only and does not change the existing conditions along WIS 64 between 150th Street, the St. Joseph and Somerset town line, and WIS 35. The expressway designation of WIS 64 between WIS 35 and WIS 65 would entail the ultimate closure of the WIS 64 medians at the 85th Street/Rivers Edge Drive, 95th/100th Street, and County K/North 4th Street intersections. New structures over WIS 64 would be constructed between 85th Street/Rivers Edge Drive and 95th/100th Street and at the County CC intersection. New service road connections would also be constructed near these locations to provide access to WIS 64 from local road connections. A total of two residences and four agricultural buildings would ultimately be acquired to implement the Proposed Action when funding is identified.
Further information concerning the freeway designation and conversion study is available for inspection and copying at the WisDOT Northwest Region Office in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, at the address given below. Information can also be viewed online at http://www.dot.wis consin.gov/projects/nwregion/wis64freeway/index.htm
A public hearing pertaining to the Environmental Assessment prepared for the Proposed Action may be requested by individuals to whom the proposed project is of significant concern. The hearing request should indicate the concerns and reasons why a hearing is requested specific to the Environmental Assessment. A public Hearing as provided by law will be held to cover the Official Map as established in Wisconsin State Statues 84.295. A separate notice for that hearing will be published.
Before making a request for a public hearing, persons are encouraged to contact Jeff Abboud, Project Manager, at (715) 855-7661 to express their views and discuss those aspects of the proposal that are of concern.
A request for a public hearing may be made by submitting a written request via U.S. mail to the WisDOT project manager contact listed below on or before June 13, 2014.
If a hearing is held, it will consider the general locations and design aspects of the proposed designation and conversion of the WIS 64 corridor to a Freeway and Expressway, to include the social, economic and environmental impacts and effects of the Proposed Action and whether it is or is not in the public interest with the goals and objectives of area planning.
If a hearing is held, notice of the time and place of the hearing will be published in area newspapers.
There will be no relocation of persons or businesses as a result of the official mapping. However, the Proposed Action, when ultimately constructed could require the relocation of two households located in two residences that would be acquired as a result of the proposed improvements. Any person who feels that he or she may be thus affected by the proposed improvement may obtain relocation assistance information at the Department’s Northwest Region Office, (715) 836-2891.
ALL INTERESTED PERSONS are further notified of the availability of an Environmental Assessment of the proposal’s impacts and effects which has been prepared and filed according to the State and National Environmental Policy Acts. This document indicates that no significant environmental impacts are anticipated to occur as a result of this improvement. The Environmental Assessment is available for inspection and copying at the following locations:
Northwest Region Office*
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
718 W. Clairemont Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54701-5108
Bureau of Technical Services*
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
4802 Sheboygan Avenue Room 451
P.O. Box 7965
Madison, WI 53707-7965
Copies are also available for review at the following locations:
Town of Star Prairie, Town HallCity of New Richmond, City Hall
2118 Cook Drive156 East First Street
Somerset, WI 54025 New Richmond, WI 54017
Friday Memorial Public Library Somerset Public Library
155 East 1st Street 208 Hud Street
New Richmond, WI 54017Somerset, WI 54025
*Printed copies of the draft document may be obtained at these locations. There may be a charge for this service. The document can also be viewed and downloaded at the WisDOT WIS 64 project website: http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/projects/nwregion/wis64freeway/en viron.htm
Note: The Northwest Region Office is wheelchair accessible. Hearing impaired persons needing assistance should contact the Wisconsin Telecommunications Relay System (dial 711).
Comments regarding the environmental impacts and effects of the proposed improvements will be addressed in the final environmental document if postmarked/received no later than June 13, 2014. Written comments on the Draft Environmental Assessment should be sent via U.S. mail or e-mail to the contact listed below.
Jeffry Abboud, Project Manager
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
718 W. Clairemont Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54701
jeffry.abboud@dot.wi.gov
(715) 855-7661
WI Telecommunications Relay System
(TTY): 711
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will review all comments and testimony presented as part of this public hearing process and reserves the right to make a final determination on the proposed improvements as described in this notice.
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Division of Transportation System Development
Project ID 8110-01-03
41-42, 44L
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