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Rail capacity study open house is set

Published 9:53am Friday, March 8, 2013

The public is invited to the final open house for the Southeastern Minnesota Freight Rail Capacity Study on Wednesday.

The open house will occur from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Rochester Community and Technical College Heintz Commons, 1926 College View Road E., Rochester.

Attendees will learn about the findings of a report, which includes benefits and cost of each alternative option. Alternative options include, leaving the existing rail corridor as is, constructing various improvements to the tracks, adding overpasses for roadway traffic or adding overpasses for rail traffic. In addition, officials will discuss five alternatives for the rail tracks to bypass downtown Rochester.

Evaluation criteria used on all alternatives include sufficient rail capacity, acceptable traffic conditions, access for emergency vehicles, health, safety, environmental issues and cost.

This is the final open house for the Southeastern Minnesota Freight Rail Capacity Study.

For more information, visit www.mndot.gov/planning/src/ or contact Peter Dahlberg at peter.dahlberg@state.mn.us.