With just two months to go before the launch of the much-anticipated Green Line light-rail route that will connect the Twin Cities' downtowns, construction crews are back at work fixing faulty concrete work.
Drivers along the University Avenue route on the new Central Corridor route can expect traffic delays through mid-May as the work is under way, the Pioneer Press reports.
The work at 11 St. Paul intersections from Hamden Avenue to Rice Street began Monday at Vandalia Street at University Avenue. The works affects University Avenue intersections at: Hampden, Vandalia, Prior, Fry, Snelling, Pascal, Griggs, Lexington, Grotto, Dale and Rice.
Crews will be working 10 to 12 hours a day, Monday through Saturday, the Met Council says.
At issue are recently laid concrete panels that are already showing cracks. Construction was to have been complete by now. Test runs of the trains began in February.
Metropolitan Council officials say Chicago-based Walsh Construction is at fault, and the company had offered to seal the cracks, but the Council demanded that contractor entirely replace the damaged panels. Walsh, not the Met Council or taxpayers, will pay for the repairs, the Star Tribune reports.
The grand opening of the 11-mile, $957 million light-rail route is still scheduled for June 14. Met Council officials have estimated that by 2030 more than 40,000 passengers will board the Green Line every weekday.