Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 23

Mission Creek

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Frequently asked questions

What is the current status of the project?
The construction of the new Mission Creek Bridge is on hold indefinitely until burials are stabilized or recovered and the cemetery assessed. Recovery and restoration efforts are ongoing in the vicinity of Mission Creek.

When will the construction be re-started?
Construction on the originally planned project will not re-start. Once burial recovery and restoration efforts are complete, MnDOT will begin the project development process to address the Mission Creek Bridge.

What can be done about possible flooding in the Fond du Lac neighborhood?
To stabilize the banks of Mission Creek, sheet pile was installed in mid-July 2017. Additional Riprap was placed around the stream for further stabilization. MnDOT has staged equipment on Hwy 210 that can be moved to the site in a few hours. In the event of a heavy rain, this equipment can be mobilized to remove debris from Mission Creek. Fond du Lac security is on site 24 hours a day and can contact the appropriate personnel in the event of a potential flooding event.

Can I investigate or access the recovery site or cemetery area?
No, disturbance of the cemetery area is a felony per Minnesota Statute 307.08 (Private Cemeteries Act). It is also illegal to collect archaeological materials from any archaeological site on public, non-federal land per Minnesota Statute 138.31-42. Examples of these activities includes collecting surface artifacts such as arrowheads or agates, collecting exposed artifacts, and metal detecting on public, non-federal land.

Are there routes for pedestrians and bicyclists?
Pedestrians and cyclists are not allowed in the fenced recovery areas, closed lanes, or cemetery. The sidewalk on the south side of Hwy 23 will be improved in the near future for pedestrian and bike use. An unmarked bike route exists along 5th Street and 131st Avenue. Please be respectful of the recovery work areas and the cemetery.

Where can I find more information and get updates on the project?
MnDOT will be posting periodic website updates along with information regarding upcoming public meeting opportunities.

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