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Minnesota light-rail line lands crucial agreement


The Metropolitan Council and University of Minnesota have reached an agreement that will allow construction on the Central Corridor light-rail project to proceed in the Twin Cities this summer without disrupting the university’s research facilities.

The pact outlines a plan for protecting university research labs from vibration and electromagnetic interference caused by trains, as well as a construction management plan to protect the facilities during summer road work.

As part of the interim agreement, university administrators have recommended that the board of regents approve temporary easements needed for road improvements to address traffic pattern changes during construction.

The 11-mile, $957 million light-rail line will operate on University and Washington avenues between downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis, and connect with the Hiawatha line near the Metrodome. Construction is expected to be completed in 2014.

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