Flying Cloud Drive (CSAH 61) Project Wins Environmental Stewardship Award

Congratulations to Hennepin County and project partners for receiving an Environmental Stewardship Award for the CSAH 61/Flying Cloud Drive Reconstruction. A team that included the County, four Dakota communities, and 106 Group were recognized this week at the MnDOT Environmental Stewardship Conference. The project received an Award for Preservation or Restoration of Natural Environments.

The CSAH 61 project is being completed to improve the driving surface and safety along the corridor. During the project, archaeological survey uncovered 19 archaeological sites, providing new information about American Indian settlement and use of the area over the past 1,000 years.

106 Group led the extensive archaeological surveys, led consultation among federal and state agencies and the tribes, and is planning and designing interpretative wayside exhibits to share the stories associated with the artifacts.

The project team engaged Dakota tribes (Lower Sioux Indian Community, Prairie Island Indian Community, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Upper Sioux Community) with ancestral connections to the area and worked collaboratively with representatives of the tribes to minimize adverse impacts to cultural resources that were unearthed. Tribal representatives joined archaeologists onsite during excavations to observe, share perspectives, and aid in the interpretation and understanding of cultural significance of the resources recovered. Over 5,000 artifacts, including stone tools, pottery fragments, and animal remains, were recovered throughout the archaeological investigations.

106 Group led the extensive archaeological surveys, led consultation among federal and state agencies and the tribes, and is planning and designing interpretative wayside exhibits to share the stories associated with the artifacts.

To learn more about this project, follow the link to our case study: https://106group.com/flying-cloud-a-case-study/