November 29, 2018 01:18 PM
Officials will break ground on the Southwest Light Rail project Friday afternoon.
A release said the groundbreaking will occur at 2:30 p.m. at 610 16th Avenue South in Hopkins.
Sen. Tina Smith, Attorney General-elect Keith Ellison and other officials are slated to attend the ceremony.
The 14.5-mile line, which will connect downtown Minneapolis to Eden Prairie, cleared two key hurdles earlier this month. First, the Federal Transit Administration granted a Letter of No Prejudice to the project. Then, the Metropolitan Council approved the construction contract.
The line is expected to cost $2.03 billion, nearly half of which is to be paid by a grant from the federal government.
Officials hope to have the line operating by 2023.
Updated: November 29, 2018 01:18 PM
Created: November 29, 2018 12:51 PM
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