Metrodome Demolition on Hold During Investigation into Fallen Beam

Updated: 02/19/2014 12:12 PM
Created: 02/19/2014 11:20 AM
By: Katherine Johnson

Since a steel beam fell unexpectedly at the Metrodome earlier this week, demolition of the structure has been on hold. On Wednesday, KSTP learned taking down the remainder of the structure will remain on hold for at least a few more days.

There is still no explanation as to how the beam fell, and since everything is still well on schedule, Mortenson Construction wants to play it safe with demolition until the investigation wraps up and the cause is determined.

"Once we are completely satisfied that we understand what has happened earlier this week and that we will not experience that again, we will resume the demolition activities," said Alan Troshinski of Mortenson Construction.

There are about 100 workers on-site every day, no matter the weather. Right now, crews are staying away from the Metrodome structure and are starting to focus on the base work for what will be the electrical and plumbing systems for the new Vikings stadium.

Meanwhile, the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority is working on a bid for the 2018 Super Bowl; bids are due by April 1. The decision between Minneapolis, New Orleans or Indianapolis will be made in May.

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