The Minnesota Department of Transportation will hold six virtual public engagement sessions May 17-26 to learn how electric vehicles fit into the transportation needs of Minnesota communities, a news release said Wednesday.

Session participants will hear about MnDOT’s plans for electric vehicles and have an opportunity to share ideas about how more Minnesotans can benefit from the technology.

The sessions will consider the risks, challenges and opportunities for electric vehicles to create a more equitable transportation system in the region, MnDOT said.

“The Minnesota Electric Vehicle Strategic Plan will help the state identify clear action steps to advance electric vehicles,” said Tim Sexton, MnDOT assistant commissioner and chief sustainability officer. “As we move forward, it’s important for us to understand the needs of all Minnesotans, particularly underrepresented communities including low-income, Black, Indigenous and People of Color.”

The sessions, which will include an opportunity for question and answer, will be held on the following dates:

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General sessions to review all strategies broadly:

  • May 18, 5-6:30 p.m.
  • May 20, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • May 22, 9:30-11 a.m.

Topic-specific sessions to dive deeper into specific categories; attending a general session is not required to attend:

  • May 17, 2-3:30 p.m. EV delivery trucks, semis and buses

  • May 25, 10-11:30 a.m. EV charging

  • May 26, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. EV passenger cars and trucks

Visit mndot.gov/sustainability/electric-vehicles.html to register for the sessions and to find more information about electric vehicles in Minnesota.

Grand Avenue ramp closure coming Monday

MnDOT maintenance crews will be conducting guardrail repairs starting Monday on the left exit ramp from southbound I-35 to state Highway 23-Grand Avenue in Duluth. The ramp will be closed from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., and more than one day of closure may be needed, MnDOT said this week. The ramp will reopen at the end of work hours. Motorists will be detoured to exit at Boundary Avenue and return to Highway 23-Grand Avenue via I-35 northbound.

Ramp closures come to 27th Avenue West in Duluth

Motorists travelling on I-35 will encounter temporary ramp closures at 27th Avenue West on Thursday, between 7-9:30 p.m. in Duluth. Northbound on and off ramps will close. These closures are needed for construction activities and the placement of concrete for the bridge approach panel.