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November 30, 2007

Northstar Construction Update - November 30

This week, Northstar is continuing construction of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Connection in downtown Minneapolis and the Vehicle Maintenance Facility in Big Lake. Details on upcoming construction activities are included below.

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November 21, 2007

Northstar Construction Update - November 21

This week, Northstar is continuing construction of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Connection in downtown Minneapolis and the Vehicle Maintenance Facility in Big Lake. Details on upcoming construction activities are included below.

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November 16, 2007

Northstar Construction Update - November 14

This week, Northstar is continuing construction of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Connection in downtown Minneapolis and the Vehicle Maintenance Facility in Big Lake. Details on upcoming construction activities are included below.

Downtown Minneapolis Light Rail Transit (LRT) Connection

  • Demolition of the south half of the 5th Street North bridge over I-394 is underway. One lane of eastbound traffic will be maintained on the north side of the bridge during demolition and reconstruction.
  • There will be lane restrictions, as needed, on inbound and outbound I-394 during bridge demolition and reconstruction. All lane restrictions will take place on weekends and at non-peak hours on weekdays.
    • Inbound (eastbound) lane restrictions may be in place weekdays between 10:00 AM 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM 6:00 AM
    • Outbound (westbound) lane restrictions may be in place weekdays between 9:00 AM 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM 7:00 AM
    • Full closures of I-394 in the area of the bridge may occasionally be necessary. Full closures are allowed on any day between 1:30 AM 5:00 AM. You will be notified in advance of any full closure and detour information will be provided.
  • Reconstruction of the south half of the 5th Street North bridge over the BNSF railroad continues. The first bridge pour is scheduled for the middle of this week.
  • Crews will continue forming a retaining wall at the far west end of the construction site.

City of Big Lake Vehicle Maintenance Facility

  • Construction crews are installing a gas line along the newly constructed right turn lane on northbound County Road 43, which accesses the VMF site.
  • Crews have begun installing precast concrete exterior wall panels for the VMF. A photo of this work is included below.
  • Interior structural steel erection has started inside the VMF.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding Northstar construction or any other aspect of the Project, please contact Jonathan Blake at 651-366-5840 or by e-mail at jonathan.blake@mnrail.org. Please also visit Northstar online at www.mn-GetOnBoard.com.

For information on the new Minnesota Twins Ballpark, which is being constructed adjacent to Northstars downtown Minneapolis construction site, visit the Minnesota Ballpark Authority (MBA) website at www.ballparkauthority.com or call 612-543-PARK. The MBA can provide you with information relating to construction of the Twins Ballpark and resulting traffic impacts.

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Northstar Commuter Rail Receives $55 Million Earmark In Congressional Conference Report

Project ranks among top 10 for Congressional funding

Northstar Commuter Rail leaders were pleased to hear this week that the conference report for the fiscal year 2008 federal transportation appropriations bill recommends $55 million for Northstar construction. Of the 40 new rail projects in the report, Northstar ranked 10th highest in total recommended dollars.

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November 08, 2007

Northstar Construction Update - November 8

This week, Northstar is continuing construction of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Connection in downtown Minneapolis and the Vehicle Maintenance Facility in Big Lake. On Monday, November 12th, construction crews will begin demolition of the 5th Street North bridge over I-394 in downtown Minneapolis. Details on upcoming construction activities are included below.

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November 06, 2007

Design For Northstar Locomotives Unveiled

Metro Transit recently unveiled the graphic look of Northstar Commuter Rail trains.

Seeing the graphic design of the locomotives brings a whole new reality to Northstar, said Dan Erhart, chair of the Northstar Corridor Development Authority (NCDA). After a decade of hard work and collaboration among so many Minnesotans, its exciting to be at this point.

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November 01, 2007

Northstar Construction Update - November 1

This week, Northstar is continuing construction of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Connection in downtown Minneapolis and the Vehicle Maintenance Facility in Big Lake. Details on this weeks construction activities are included below.

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