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Met Council postpones decision on Southwest Corridor light-rail contract

Gov. Mark Dayton continues to voice his concerns with awarding California-based URS Corp. with a $100 million contract for engineering work. The company was a consultant on the I-35W bridge before it collapsed in 2007. The Southwest line would connect Eden Prairie to downtown Minneapolis.
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Gov. Mark Dayton continues to voice his concerns with awarding California-based URS Corp. with a $100 million contract for engineering work. The company was a consultant on the I-35W bridge before it collapsed in 2007. The Southwest line would connect Eden Prairie to downtown Minneapolis.

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