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MNDOT seeking transportation input

Thursday, September 29, 2011
Dear Neighbors, MnDOT is in the process of taking input on its 50-year transportation plan. I want to pass along information I received from MnDOT detailing the ways you can read its draft report and give your comments: ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation invites public comments through Oct. 20 on a draft 50-year vision for transportation in the state. The vision was developed with input from the public and diverse representatives of the transportation community who participated in advisory group meetings, public workshops and online during the past several months. Beginning today, the public can view the seven-page document at the Minnesota GO website, www.minnesotago.org, and share their thoughts online, email, by fax or U.S. mail. MnDOT will accept comments until 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 20. In addition, MnDOT will host a public hearing Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Transportation Building in St. Paul, 395 John Ireland Blvd., Room G15. The public also may participate via videoconference at MnDOT offices statewide (see locations below) or from their personal computers by using Adobe Connect (instructions will be posted on www.minnesotago.org). Print copies of the draft vision will be available at the meeting sites. In February 2011, MnDOT launched the Minnesota GO visioning process in collaboration with many partners to better align the transportation system with what Minnesotan’s expect for their quality of life, economy and natural environment. The document consists of a vision statement and guiding principles, as well as a broad look at the desired outcomes. The vision recognizes that transportation infrastructure is only one of the many elements to achieving a high quality of life, a competitive economy and a healthy environment. MnDOT and other transportation organizations will use the vision and information from this project in developing short-term and long-term plans. The vision will offer guidance in determining the transportation initiatives that the state chooses for investment. Submit comments to Phillip Schaffner by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, 2011 by: E-mail: philip.schaffner@state.mn.us Fax: 651-366- Phone: 651-366-3743 Mail: Minnesota Department of Transportation, Office of Statewide Multimodal Planning, Mail Stop 440, 395 John Ireland Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155 Minnesota GO Public Hearing Oct. 4, 2011, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Relay Service toll-free at 1-800-627-3529 (TTY, Voice or ASCII) or 711. To request another reasonable accommodation, call 651-366-4718. List of Locations: BAXTER 7694 Industrial Park Road 218-828-5700 BEMIDJI 3920 Hwy 2 West 218-755-6500 CROOKSTON 1320 Sunflower St. 218-277-7950 DETROIT LAKES 1000 Hwy 10 W. 218-846-3600 DULUTH 1123 Mesaba Ave. 218-725-2700 MANKATO 2151 Bassett Drive 507-304-6100 MARSHALL 1800 E. College Drive 507-537-6146 MORRIS 610 Hwy 9 S. 320-208-7000 OWATONNA 1010 - 21st Ave. NW 507-446-5500 ROCHESTER 2900 - 48th St. NW 507-286-7500 ST. CLOUD 3725 - 12th St. N. 320-223-6500 ST. PAUL Ground Videoconference Room G15 395 John Ireland Blvd. 651-296-3000 VIRGINIA 101 N. Hoover Road 218-742-1100 WILLMAR 2505 Transportation Road 320-231-5195 WINDOM 180 S. County Road 26 507-831-8000 --30—
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