Section 4(f)de minimis Finding
Project Title: Highway 95 Bridge Replacement over the Rum River Cambridge, Minnesota (SP 3006-36)
This project is in Cambridge on State Highway 95 from CSAH 14/Co. Rd. 70 to Fern Street. The project proposes replacing the existing bridge over the Rum River.
A joint federal/state draft Categorical Exclusion (CATEX) document has been prepared by the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The draft CATEX describes the proposed project, impacts, and mitigation. This document also includes information on the Section 4(f) impacts and the preliminary de minimis finding, i.e., that no adverse impacts to the recreational facility would result from the proposed project (see Section 4(f) de minimis explanation below).
Copies of the CATEX, including the de minimis finding are available upon request from:
Claudia Dumont, Project Manager
Minnesota Department of Transportation, District 3
3725 12th Street North
St. Cloud, MN 56303
Phone: (320) 223-6530
The public comment period will begin on December 11, 2013. Written comments will be accepted through January 9, 2014.
MnDOT offers the opportunity to hold a public hearing to gather comments on the Section 4(f) de minimis finding if it receives a written request from the public.
Alternative Format Document
To request the document in an alternative format, call Kristin Jorenby at 651-366-4723 or 1-800-657-3774 (Greater Minnesota); 711 or 1-800-627-3529 (Minnesota Relay). You may also send an e-mail to:[email protected] (Please make requests at least one week in advance).
To reach any of the above numbers, hearing-impaired persons can call the Minnesota Relay Service toll free at 1-800-627-3529 (TTY, Voice, or ASCII) or 711.
Section 4(f) de Minimis Explanation
This project includes removing and replacing the bridge over the Rum River. To access the bridge structure, contractors will use the Rum River Access on Second Avenue South. Use by the contractor will require the access be closed to the public for the duration of the construction project, approximately from April 21, 2014 to October 31, 2014. When the bridge construction is completed, MnDOT will reconstruct the steps from the parking lot to the river, and will regrade the access parking lot to correct drainage issues. The access is on MnDOT right-of-way and land owned by the City of Cambridge. FHWA considers this a public recreational use facility and a Section 4(f) property.
The 4(f) use is subject to the U.S. Department of Transportation Act of 1966 (49 U.S.C. 303) and 23 U.S.C.138. Section 4(f) of the Act defines procedures required for addressing impacts to recreational and other public lands that would result from federally-funded transportation projects. In addition, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) Act of 2005, Section 6009, allows for determinations that certain uses of Section 4(f) land will have no adverse effect (de minimis) on the protected resource. Section 6009(a) requires that a public notice and opportunity for review and comment be provided for projects that are determined to have de minimis impact. In consultation with the City of Cambridge, the FHWA proposes a finding of de minimis impact to the access. After an evaluation of the impacts of an action upon Section 4(f) resources, a final finding can be made. Comments received during the public comment period regarding the de minimis finding will be taken into consideration by FHWA in making the final determination.
Published in the
Isanti County News
December 11, 2013