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Central Corridor light-rail project reaches halfway mark


Construction of the Central Corridor Light-Rail Transit (LRT) project in St. Paul, Minn., now is 50 percent complete and on track to be 75 percent complete by year’s end, Metropolitan Council officials announced yesterday.

The council is on schedule to substantially complete utility relocations, roadway removal and replacement, track installation and the structural elements of all 18 stations by the end of the year, said Central Corridor LRT Project Director Mark Fuhrmann in a prepared statement. The corridor is expected to open on schedule and on budget in 2014, he added.

The LRT project will link downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis along Washington and University avenues via the State Capitol and the University of Minnesota. Construction began in 2010 on the 11-mile line, which will connect with the Hiawatha LRT line at the Metrodome station in Minneapolis and the Northstar commuter-rail line at the Target Field station.

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