Southwest Light Rail groundbreaking set for Friday

Southwest Light Rail groundbreaking set for Friday Photo: KSTP

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.

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Sen. Tina Smith, Attorney General-elect Keith Ellison and other officials are slated to attend the ceremony.

RELATED: Met Council Approves Southwest Light Rail Construction Contract

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.

RELATED: Southwest Light Rail Project Gets Key Federal Approval

Officials hope to have the line operating by 2023.

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