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Resident says interstate construction project created mess at nearby condos

Updated: July 21, 2019 10:17 PM

If you've driven on Interstate 35W or Interstate 94 near downtown Minneapolis lately, you've probably noticed the construction progress.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation said the project is on schedule. But, some who live in the area say the construction is creating problems nobody seems to want to fix.

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In the two years since work began on the downtown to crosstown project, walls are up, new concrete is laid and bridges are open.

For those living near the work site, it's been tough.

Dale Haley lives just across the freeway near downtown. Continuous work through the night kept him from sleeping, he said. Now, the work by his building is finally finished.

"Doing a lot better, we're getting sleep," Haley said.

While his problems have disappeared, he said his downstairs neighbors are dealing with a dilemma that could eventually affect him.

"It's mostly the damage to our building. Our building is over 100 years old," Haley said. "I don't think it's going to take much more before our foundation is going to give."

"I had this big flood event in August of 2018," said Dan Olson, talking about a rush of water.

As far as he knows, Olson said none of the ground floor condos with basements have had anything like this until construction on the project started. He said the construction created a hole under his stairs, leading to a mess.

"When I walked down there, there was a huge gusher coming through one of my walls, foundation walls of my home," said Olson.

Olson said he was passed along from the City of Minneapolis to MnDOT and finally to the project's contractor.

"Before I could resolve anything with them, that's when our condominium association insurer stepped in and said, 'you know what, we're just going to take care of this.'"

But, Olson said it happened again. Heavy rains last week made another mess. Now, he's afraid the condo's insurer won't cover flood damage a second time, so he's filed a claim with contractor.

"They need to take responsibility for it. And, if they make a human error, they need to own up to it," Olson said.

But, for now, he can only wait.

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