Thursday, June 24, 2010

First St. Paul LRT heavy construction contract awarded

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St. Paul, Minn.’s Central Corridor light rail transit project marked a milestone Wednesday as the Metropolitan Council awarded its first heavy construction contract, at $205.1 million, to Chicago-based Walsh Construction.

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Walsh Construction will oversee the seven-mile portion of the line within St. Paul, the state capital. Construction is expected to begin in August east of the state Capitol on Robert and 12th streets north of Interstate 94. Utility relocation work, however, is expected to start soon after July 4.

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The Central Corridor crosses the Mississippi River into neighboring Minneapolis, and will link with the existing Hiawatha Line light rail service. Bids for the heavy construction work on the line's western three miles will be opened July 27. The Met Council is scheduled to award that contract Aug. 25.