A public information meeting regarding the proposed construction of a Nationwide Differential Global Positioning System tower in Mission Township of Crow Wing County is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday in the Minnesota Room at Breezy Point Resort.
The meeting is sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Area residents, public officials and other interested parties are encouraged to attend and participate.
Displays, presentations and other information will be offered, as well as discussion of specific concerns regarding any aspect of the NDGPS tower facility.
Representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard offices on the East Coast, as well as area MnDOT personnel, will be at the meeting.
This 299-foot differential reference station tower best fits the nationwide plan for location in Minnesota. With 10 times the improved accuracy over the current GPS service, this free service will benefit government, industry and the general public.
NDGPS is a worldwide navigation, timing and positioning system that combines and corrects signals from specialized satellites rotating around the earth.
A wide array of applications can be utilized with the enhanced accuracy of NDGPS, including Positive Train Control, Intelligent Transportation Systems, surveying and mapping, weather forecast modeling, precision farming, land and maritime navigation, and emergency services such as firefighting, ambulance, and search and rescue operations.
This NDGPS facility is part of a joint effort by seven federal agencies -- including the Federal Highway Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard. It will be the only tower of its kind in the state of Minnesota and will cover a 200- to 250-mile radius from the site, which includes all of Minnesota, eastern portions of North Dakota and South Dakota and western portions of Lake Superior and Wisconsin.
For more information regarding the meeting contact Roger Risser, MnDOT project manager at the MnDOT Baxter office, at 828-2482 or toll-free 1-800-657-3961 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Or contact Mike Travis, public affairs director at the St. Cloud MnDOT office, at (320) 255-4786 or toll-free 1-800-657-3961 or e-mail email@example.com.
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