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Digging for History at Planned Southwest Light Rail Transit Station

October 22, 2017 10:50 PM

The planning phase is well underway for the Southwest Light Rail Transit project, which would extend the Green Line from Target Field to Eden Prairie.

Now, there may be some digging for history at one planned Minneapolis station.

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RELATED: Southwest Light Rail Still On Track After Legislative Session

The Metropolitan Council is expected next month to approve a $1.3 million archaeological dig on the site of the future Royalston Avenue Station near Target Field. The dig would focus on artifacts from early settlers of the late 1800s.

Retired University of Minnesota Archaeology Professor Guy Gibbon expects the dig to discover pieces of how people lived. 

"In my own work we found early housing -- lots of ceramics, glass -- but they also had pottery just like everything cups, plates, spoons," Gibbon said. "Archaeology isn't just about the past, it's a lot about the present."

RELATED: Met Council Chair: Reject Current SWLRT Construction Bids, Reopen Process

The Met Council hopes to secure full funding for the project next year. State and local sources are picking up half the nearly $1.9 billion price tag. The Met Council anticipates the federal government will provide the other half.

Construction could start as soon as next year, and the rail line could be in service by 2022.
 

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