Extensive public outreach provided information to affected residents and gave them the opportunity to provide project input.
Environmental Assessment for North Washington Avenue Realignment
City of Saint Peter, Minnesota
North Washington Avenue is a primary north-south route running the full length of Saint Peter. The roadway jogged 0.9 miles to the west before returning to its north-south alignment. This jog led to circuitous travel, delays, and cut-through traffic on local streets. Proposed improvements included linking the existing Washington Avenue (formerly TH 22) with a newly platted portion approximately 0.5 miles north. The proposed route impacted a manufactured home park and required the purchase and relocation of more than 20 homes. The preferred alignment changed the access for three subdivisions and impacted more than 300 residents.
Bolton & Menk completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) to receive environmental clearance for this federally funded project. The EA addressed substantial environmental justice issues under the National Environmental Policy Act. In addition, extensive public outreach provided information to affected residents and gave them the opportunity to provide project input. Design alternatives were presented in an effort to minimize overall impacts to protected resources while still meeting the project's purpose and need.
Through a successful community engagement process, construction of approximately 2,800 linear feet of roadway on new right-of-way provided a direct north-south linkage, decreasing travel times and cut-through traffic on local streets.