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Big Week for the St. Croix River Crossing Project

The Oak Park City Council this week will hold two public meetings including a vote that could keep the St. Croix River Crossing Project on track, or delay it for another year.

This is a big week for the St. Croix River Crossing Project.

The Oak Park Heights City Council has two meetings this week—including a vote that could keep the project on track, or delay it for another year.

At the heart of the issue is the .

Aug. 29 is the deadline for the council to decide if the on July 2 are in accordance with the layout approved by the city in 1995.

The city can decide to reject the plan, request a panel to determine if there is any significant difference between this plan and one previously submitted by MnDOT, or take no action (accept the plan).

If the City Council votes to reject the current MnDOT plan—and arrangements to address utility issues—the project could be delayed by one year, which according to bridge advocates, would increase project costs by $35-45 million.

If the City Council approves, and accepts MnDOT’s plan, the project will stay on track and work will start early 2013.

The will meet Tuesday for a workshop to discuss the issues. On Thursday, the council will vote on the resolutions.

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Randy Marsh August 21, 2012 at 01:50 AM
The bridge is going to happen regardless, but part of me really wants to see Oak Park Heights continue to swim against the current on this one because it's such good theater.
Susan August 21, 2012 at 12:43 PM
I think the city council should have to pay half of the cost of a delay, if they vote to reject the plan. Randy is right, this is going to happen and OPH needs to face that, and pay their own utility costs. At this point, delaying in hopes of getting some financial help is only going to work against them.
limeex2 August 21, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Do you mean to tell me after 20 plus years of deliberations, these morons still don't have there excretement in a pile? Give me a break.

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