ReConnect Rondo releases position paper for Rethinking I-94 alternatives

For Immediate Release

June 18, 2024

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ReConnect Rondo releases Position Paper regarding Rethinking I-94 alternatives

Saint Paul, Minn—On June 14, 2024, ReConnect Rondo (RCR), a community-driven organization dedicated to preserving and revitalizing the historic Rondo neighborhood, submitted an official position paper to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) regarding the Rethinking I-94 alternatives. Supported by the Rondo Roundtable, the paper aims to provide input on the overall process that includes the Rondo community’s needs and allows for consideration of infrastructure solutions to reestablish connectivity and directly address the community’s social, economic, and environmental needs.

“RCR believes that the Rethinking I-94 project has a unique opportunity to be responsive to the community of Rondo and others negatively impacted by the construction of I-94. The selection of the alternatives should reflect MnDOT’s longstanding commitment to address past harms and do no further damage”, said Keith Baker, Executive Director of ReConnect Rondo

The following are highlights from the paper:

  • Evaluation of At-Grade Alternatives

ReConnect Rondo seeks additional data on At-Grade Alternatives A & B to assess traffic impacts and overall feasibility in conjunction with the District and land bridge developments.

  • Expanded Freeway Alternatives for I-94

In February 2021, ReConnect Rondo signed as a signatory for the City of Saint Paul resolution (RES 21-164), strongly opposing any lane expansion within the corridor.

  • Livability Framework Integration

RCR requests MnDOT incorporate the Livability Framework into the next phase of the environmental assessment and Section 106 process, promoting equity and restoration.

ReConnect Rondo remains committed to lifting the community voice to ensure that any alternative determined works in the interest and benefit of past, present, and future Rondo residents.

About ReConnect Rondo

ReConnect Rondo is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring equity and opportunity in Rondo by leading a united effort in pursuit of one common goal — a revitalized African-American Cultural Enterprise District connected by a community land bridge. For more information, go to www.reconnectrondo.com.

About the Rondo Roundtable

The Rondo Roundtable is a collection of 14 members dedicated to preserving, promoting, and moving the Rondo district forward for the benefit of all. Formed in 2015, the Rondo Roundtable is committed to providing hope and healing and supporting the vision of Rondo’s thriving as an African American cultural enterprise district. 

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ReConnect Rondo Technical Advisory Team:

  • David Juliff, Be Civil, Inc.
  • Khani Sahebjam, SRF Consulting Group
  • John Maczko, SRF Consulting Group
  • Kent Arhenholtz, Kaskaskia Engineering Group
  • Brenda Thomas, KLJ, Inc
  • Marcus Thomas, Bolton & Menk
  • Scott McBride, Bolton & Menk
  • Marcell Walker, Bolton & Menk
  • Veronica Burt, 600 Strategies, Inc.
  • Björgvin Sævarsson, YORTH Group
  • Katie Eggers, YORTH Group
  • Jim Erkel, Retired Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA)
  • Brian Isaacson, Ramsey County
  • Diem Van Groth, Strategic Consultant