Media Contact: Laura Baenen Communications Manager Central Corridor LRT Project Metropolitan Council Phone: 651-602

-1797 Cell 612-269-4365 Email: laura.baenen@metc.state.mn.us

Last and busiest year of heavy construction getting underway
ST. PAUL – Feb. 22, 2012 – The final year of heavy construction on the Central Corridor LRT Project is kicking off. The project ended 2011 on schedule at 45 percent complete. By the end of this year, work is to be 75 percent complete. This year’s to-do list includes: • • • • • • Removing and rebuilding roadways one side at a time, sidewalks, curbs and gutters in all of the areas newly under construction this year. Finishing the relocation of public and private utilities, such as water, storm and sanitary sewers and electrical and phone lines. Finishing the installation and embedding in concrete of the double track over the 10 miles of new rail from St. Paul to Minneapolis. Finishing the strengthening of the Washington Avenue Bridge and installing rails in the middle of the vehicle deck. Completing all 18 stations’ structural elements. Building out the operation and maintenance facility structure in Lowertown.

“Central Corridor will hit its construction peak this year, employing 1,800 workers,” said Mark Fuhrmann, program director for New Starts rail projects. Highlights of what to expect during construction this year: • • One through-lane of traffic each way on University Avenue between Hamline Avenue and Rice Street and between Emerald Street and 29th Avenue. Cedar Street between 12th and Fourth streets in St. Paul will be closed to throughtraffic through November/December. Local access will be maintained to parking ramps and loading docks. Stadium Village – Huron Boulevard intersection to close mid May through August while utilities are relocated, roadway is rebuilt and rails installed and embedded. Alternate vehicle access to buildings will be maintained throughout the corridor.

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Temporary ramps over sidewalk construction to get into buildings throughout the corridor.

Where work will begin, how it will proceed “We want to be mindful of the many small businesses that will be in the construction zone this year on eastern University Avenue,” Fuhrmann said. “That is why the actual start dates and the length of construction segments will be dependent on contractor progress and crew availability, as well as weather. The goal is to only begin construction in areas where the contractor is at the ready with crews and equipment.” In general, new construction will begin as early as March 1 on: • • • • South side of University at Hamline, proceeding eastward toward Robert Street. North side of University at 29th Avenue in Minneapolis, proceeding eastward toward Emerald Street on the city border. Washington Avenue between Oak Street and Huron Boulevard. University between Rice and Robert streets will see work begin in March to relocate utilities and begin construction of retaining walls. After the regular legislative session ends, this stretch will be closed to through-traffic through late 2012 for roadway, sidewalk and track construction.

Pre-construction activities, such as installation of temporary traffic signals and water lines will occur before roadway removals begin. In areas that were under construction in 2011: Washington Avenue • Washington Avenue Bridge – Construction is ongoing. As planned in advance, crews continued working over the winter on the north side of the vehicle deck. Roadway will be restored and rails will be installed on the bridge this year. West Bank – Work will resume as early as March 1 between the Washington Avenue Bridge and the new Interstate 35W flyover or train bridge connecting Central Corridor tracks to the Hiawatha LRT line. East Bank – Work will resume as early as March 1 on Washington Avenue between the Washington Avenue Bridge and Oak Street

University Avenue • • • Construction began Feb. 13 on the north side of University between Cleveland and Prior with removal of the roadway. Between Cleveland and Hamline where University was rebuilt in 2011, crews will continue installing and embedding rail. Resume building the Westgate, Raymond Avenue, Fairview Avenue and Snelling Avenue stations as early as March 1.

Capitol area • Robert Street Station work will resume this spring and crews will resume installing and embedding rails on Robert and 12th streets.

Cedar Street in St. Paul • Beginning as early as late February, Cedar Street between 12th and Fourth streets will be under construction and closed to through traffic through November/December. Utilities will be relocated, roadway and sidewalks removed and rebuilt, rails installed and embedded and the Tenth Street Station built. The Cedar Street bridge over Interstate 94 will be retrofitted to accommodate tracks. Work resumed early this year on the Central Station at Fourth and Cedar streets. The station will be completed and tracks installed and embedded this year.

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Fourth Street • • • Union Depot Station will be finished. Track will be installed and embedded across Broadway Street to the operation and maintenance facility this summer. Track will be installed and embedded across Minnesota Street during the spring to connect with Central Station.

In 2013, crews will perform the far less disruptive work of installing wires for the overhead contact system that will power the trains and finishing the installation of -the traction power substations and signal bungalows. The substations are small metal structures that convert power for the overhead wires, and the signal bungalows hold the signaling and communication systems. After that work is done, trains carrying only crews will run test trips for months before revenue service begins in 2014. The construction hotline remains the best number to call to resolve quickly any construction-related problems. The number is 651-602-1404. For information about alternate access to businesses and other locations in the construction areas, motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and Metro Transit bus riders are encouraged to sign up for weekly construction updates via the project’s listserv. Visit www.centralcorridor.org and go to the gray Stay Connected tab at the top left of the homepage. Visit www.metrotransit.org/construction for construction-related bus stop detours and bus stop closures during construction. About the project: The Central Corridor Light Rail Transit Project will link downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis along Washington and University avenues via the state Capitol and the University of Minnesota. Construction began in late 2010 on the planned 11mile Central Corridor line, and service will begin in 2014. The line will connect with the Hiawatha LRT line at the Metrodome station in Minneapolis and the Northstar commuter rail line at Target Field Station. The Metropolitan Council is the grantee of federal funds. The regional government agency is charged with building the line in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The Central Corridor Management Committee, which includes commissioners from Ramsey and Hennepin counties, the mayors of St. Paul

and Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota, provides advice and oversight. Funding is provided by the Federal Transit Administration, Counties Transit Improvement Board, state of Minnesota, Ramsey and Hennepin counties’ regional railroad authorities, city of St. Paul, Metropolitan Council and the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative. The Central Corridor LRT Project website is www.centralcorridor.org

  

As early as March 1, construction will begin on University Avenue from Hamline to Robert. Expect one through lane of traffic in each direction in areas with work, except from Rice to Robert, where there will be a full road closure after the regular legislative session. Alternate vehicle access to buildings and parking will be provided as well as temporary sidewalks and pedestrian ramps to doorways.

By the end of the year, LRT tracks will connect St. Paul to Minneapolis and stations’ structural elements will be complete. New pavement, sidewalks with pavers, curbs and gutters, lighting and trees will be in place.

General Timeline for the Entire Central Corridor Light Rail Project
Civil construction
Removal of existing infrastructure and build out of new roads, sidewalks, utilities, stations, and tracks

Systems Work
Construct power substations, overhead power system, communication systems, and train control

Testing
Trains will run along the alignment to test the line prior to opening to the public

Open to the Public
Opening date in 2014 to be determined as testing nears completion

What to Expect from 2012 Construction University Avenue: Hamline to Rice

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Order of Work: 1. Install traffic control measures including barricades, signage, temporary traffic signalization and temporary accesses. Left turns across University will be restricted to 8 signalized crossings: Hamline, Lexington, Victoria, Dale, Western, Marion, Rice, and Robert. 2. Install pedestrian-only traffic signalized crossings at Griggs, Chatsworth, Grotto, and Mackubin. 3. Remove the street surface (on one side of the street at a time), sidewalks, curbs, gutters, median, trees and other vegetation. At least four feet of sidewalk width will be maintained, except for short periods when the new sidewalk is being constructed. 4. Relocate public and private utilities, such as water, storm and sanitary sewers and electrical and phone lines. 5. Excavate for the track, guideway, and stations; station foundation work. 6. Reinstall curbs, gutters, medians and trees. 7. Pave street with asphalt; place concrete for intersections and crosswalks. 8. Construct new sidewalks; contractor is required to provide alternate pedestrian access via ramps and temporary walkways over construction and restore the sidewalk. 9. Switch traffic to newly paved side of University so crews can work on the opposite side of the street, repeat steps 1-8. 10. Construct guideway and stations; weld embedded track in the middle of the street.

Construction Will Be Staged to Maintain Traffic and Pedestrian Access
Crews will stage construction to maintain one lane of through traffic in each direction on University Avenue. During this time, traffic and pedestrian access will be maintained to businesses and properties. At least four feet of sidewalk will be maintained, except when the new sidewalk is being constructed. Construction and outreach staff will meet with each building to discuss access plans and timing of sidewalk replacement. During asphalt paving and sidewalk replacement businesses should anticipate intermittent driveway and sidewalk closures as crews remove the old and place the new sidewalk, pave the roadway, install temporary pedestrian walkways and move construction equipment Stage 1: Work starts on south two-thirds of University. One lane of traffic maintained in each direction on the north side of University.
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Stage 3: Two lanes of traffic restored in each direction. Work continues on guideway, track and stations in the middle of University through year’s end. Through 2013, crews will install overhead wires and communication systems.

Schedules subject to changes due to weather and other unforeseen circumstances! Weekly online construction updates at www.centralcorridor.org provide schedule updates and changes.

Contacts and More Information
Community outreach coordinators for the Central Corridor LRT Project are liaisons between the public and contractors. For questions or concerns about 2012 construction activities on the eastern Saint Paul portion of University Avenue, contact outreach coordinators: Nkongo Cigolo, 651-602-1559, nkongo.cigolo@metc.state.mn.us Michelle Webb, 651-602-1485, michelle.webb@metc.state.mn.us 24 hour construction hotline: 651-602-1404 Utility Hotlines: St. Paul Regional Water Services 24-hour Hotline: (651)266-6868 To report an electrical outage/check status of an outage call Xcel Energy: 1-800-895-1999 To stay informed ahead of the construction work: Get email updates every Friday on road, sidewalk and crosswalk detours and relocated bus stops for the coming week. To sign up, fill in your email address in the “stay connected” tab on the left-hand side of the www.centralcorridor.org homepage. Visit the following locations to view a construction update poster: Rondo Library, Wilder Foundation, Gordon Parks High School, Aurora St. Anthony NDC, Model Cities, Western Bank, Shuang Hur Supermarket, Vietnamese Social Services, Lao Family Community of MN, Sun Foods, Glamour with NY Cuts, Agape School, Islamic Dawah Center, Anh’s Hairstylists To get business assistance: Business Resources Collaborative at www.readyforrail.net Discover Central Corridor at www.discovercentralcorridor.com Business Assistance Loans, call Isabel Broyld at 651-379-8431. For non-construction issues: Please visit the City of Saint Paul's website, www.stpaul.gov/centralcorridor, for information on business resources, getting around, and corridor planning. To report a traffic or on-street parking issue not related to light rail construction, please contact the City's Traffic Division at 651-266-6200. To report a general problem or ask a question not related to light rail construction, please call 651-266 -8989. Non-construction issues include things like graffiti, property maintenance, or vacant buildings. For questions about the Metro Transit sector study, please contact Jill Hentges at 612-349-7318 or jill.hentges@metc.state.mn.us Please don’t go around barriers into construction zones. Construction hours will generally be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, but crews will be allowed to work from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week if needed. Schedules are subject to change due to weather and other unforeseen circumstances! Check www.centralcorridor.org frequently for updates.
About the project: The Central Corridor Light Rail Transit Project will link downtown Saint Paul and downtown Minneapolis along Washington and University avenues via the state Capitol and the University of Minnesota. Construction began in late summer 2010 on the planned 11-mile Central Corridor line, and service will begin in 2014. The line will connect with the Hiawatha LRT line at the Metrodome station in Minneapolis and the Northstar commuter rail line at the Target Field Station. The Metropolitan Council is the grantee of federal funds. The regional government agency is charged with building the line in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The Central Corridor Management Committee, which includes commissioners from Ramsey and Hennepin counties, the mayors of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota, provides advice and oversight. Funding is provided by the Federal Transit Administration, Counties Transit Improvement Board, state of Minnesota, Ramsey and Hennepin counties’ regional railroad authorities, city of Saint Paul, Metropolitan Council and the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative. For details, visit www.centralcorridor.org

Central Corridor Light Rail Transit

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Revised February 2012
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Reconstruction of the Washington Avenue Bridge will continue until late summer 2012. Once bridge reconstruction is complete, work will be limited to the area where the future light rail will operate in the center lanes of the bridge.
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The Central Corridor Light Rail Transit Project will link downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis along Washington and University avenues via the state Capitol and University of Minnesota. Construction began in 2010 on the planned 11-mile Central Corridor line, and service will begin in 2014. The line will connect with the Hiawatha LRT line at the Metrodome station in Minneapolis and the Northstar commuter rail line at the new Target Field Station. The Metropolitan Council is the grantee of federal funds. The regional government agency is charged with building the line in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The Central Corridor Management Committee, which includes the mayors of St. Paul and Minneapolis, commissioners from Ramsey and Hennepin counties and the University of Minnesota, provides advice and oversight. Funding is provided by the Federal Transit Administration, Counties Transit Improvement Board, state of Minnesota, Ramsey and Hennepin counties’ regional railroad authorities, city of St. Paul, Metropolitan Council and the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative. For details, visit www.centralcorridor.org

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Central Corridor Light Rail Transit project construction will continue on Cedar Street from Fourth Street through 12th Street. Construction north of Cedar and Seventh Street will include underground utility relocation, station work at the 10th Street Station, Cedar Street bridge retrofit, roadway reconstruction, and installation of track. Construction south of Cedar and Seventh Street will include finishing underground utility relocation in several intersections, station work at the Central Station, roadway reconstruction and installation of track. Cedar Street will be closed to thru traffic from March to November. Cedar Street cross streets will be closed at various times during the construction season as identified in the chart below. Closures will be coordinated so several intersections in any given area will not be closed at the same time. Construction is to be substantially complete by year’s end, with systems’ work and testing to occur in 2013 and early 2014 and operation to begin in 2014.

Upcoming Intersection Closures
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General Timeline for the Entire Central Corridor Light Rail Project
Civil construction
Removal of existing infrastructure and build out of new roads sidewalks, utilities, station, and tracks

Systems Work
Construct power substations, overhead power system, communication systems, and train control system

Testing
Trains will run along the alignment to test the line prior to opening to the public

Open to the Public
Opening date in 2014 to be determined as testing nears completion

Contacts and More Information
Community outreach coordinators for the Central Corridor LRT Project are liaisons between the public and contractors. For questions or concerns about 2012 construction activities on the eastern Saint Paul portion of University Avenue, contact outreach coordinators: Dana Happel, 651-602-1954, dana.happel@metc.state.mn.us Laura Callaghan, 651-602-1853, laura.callaghan@metc.state.mn.us 24 hour construction hotline: 651-602-1404 Utility Hotlines: St. Paul Regional Water Services 24-hour Hotline: (651)266-6868 To report an electrical outage/check status of an outage call Xcel Energy: 1-800-895-1999 To stay informed ahead of the construction work: Get email updates every Friday on road, sidewalk and crosswalk detours and relocated bus stops for the coming week. To sign up, fill in your email address in the “stay connected” tab on the left-hand side of the www.centralcorridor.org homepage. Attend meetings for businesses and residents in the construction zone. To receive meeting notices, contact outreach coordinator Dana Happel at dana.happel@metc.state.mn.us or 651-602-1954 or the general project email address at centralcorridor@metc.state.mn.us. To get business assistance: Business Resources Collaborative at www.readyforrail.net Discover Central Corridor at www.discovercentralcorridor.com Business Assistance Loans, call Isabel Broyld at 651-379-8431. For non-construction issues: Please visit the City of Saint Paul's website, www.stpaul.gov/centralcorridor, for information on business resources, getting around, and corridor planning. To report a traffic or on-street parking issue not related to light rail construction, please contact the City's Traffic Division at 651-266-6200. To report a general problem or ask a question not related to light rail construction, please call 651-266 -8989. Non-construction issues include things like graffiti, property maintenance, or vacant buildings. For questions for Metro Transit, please contact Jill Hentges at 612-349-7318 or jill.hentges@metc.state.mn.us Please don’t go around barriers into construction zones. Construction hours will generally be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, but crews will be allowed to work from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week if needed. Schedules are subject to change due to weather and other unforeseen circumstances! Check www.centralcorridor.org frequently for updates.
About the project: The Central Corridor Light Rail Transit Project will link downtown Saint Paul and downtown Minneapolis along Washington and University avenues via the state Capitol and the University of Minnesota. Construction began in late summer 2010 on the planned 11-mile Central Corridor line, and service will begin in 2014. The line will connect with the Hiawatha LRT line at the Metrodome station in Minneapolis and the Northstar commuter rail line at the Target Field Station. The Metropolitan Council is the grantee of federal funds. The regional government agency is charged with building the line in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The Central Corridor Management Committee, which includes commissioners from Ramsey and Hennepin counties, the mayors of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota, provides advice and oversight. Funding is provided by the Federal Transit Administration, Counties Transit Improvement Board, state of Minnesota, Ramsey and Hennepin counties’ regional railroad authorities, city of Saint Paul, Metropolitan Council and the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative. For details, visit www.centralcorridor.org

Central Corridor Light Rail Transit
2012 Construction Overview
Revised February 2012

East Bank & Stadium Village

As the second civil construction season for the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit project begins, construction will continue on through the East Bank of the University of Minnesota campus from the Washington Avenue Bridge through Stadium Village to the Stadium Village Station at 23rd Avenue and University Avenue. This will be a continuation of construction from Pleasant Street to Oak Street, and new construction from Oak Street to the east. Civil construction is scheduled to be substantially Radisson Hotel complete by year’s end with systems work and testing to occur in 2013 and early 2014.
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When complete in 2014, the Washington Avenue transit and pedestrian mall will include space for light rail, buses, emergency vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians. The mall design also includes increased north-south pedestrian crossings that are signalized for safety. The Washington Avenue transit and pedestrian mall will include a station located between Union and Harvard as well as an amenity zone. The amenity zone is a landscaped area of plantings, walking paths, and seating areas. Light rail construction will have the following impacts on the East Bank and Stadium Village in 2012: Oak Street reduced to one lane southbound for the completion of the eastern half of Oak, scheduled to be complete mid-May. Transit and pedestrian mall construction on Washington Avenue between Pleasant Street and Walnut Street. Washington Avenue closed to vehicle tra c between Oak Street and Huron Boulevard.
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Central Corridor Construction Phasing on East Bank and Stadium Village During the 2012 construction season, work will occur on the East Bank and Stadium Village on Washington Avenue from the Washington Avenue Bridge to University Avenue, on East River Parkway, on Huron Boulevard, on 23rd Avenue, and on University Avenue. Construction is being phased to the extent possible to minimize impacts to businesses and residences. Pedestrian and vehicle access to businesses and properties will be maintained. The map below is intended to present the overall phasing of construction and is subject to change due to unforeseen conditions. For the most up to date information P regarding closures and detours view theill sburyconstruction updates on www.centralcorridor.org or sign-up on our website weekly D r to get the updates weekly by email.
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Pedestrian access to businesses and residences will be maintained during construction. At least one east-west sidewalk on Fulton St Washington will be maintained between Walnut Street and University Avenue, and a north-south walkway will be maintained across Washington Avenue at Harvard, Walnut, Oak, and Huron, and across University at Huron. The map below provides an overview of pedestrian routes, however some sidewalk closures and detours will be required during underground work and sidewalk reconstruction. View the weekly construction update for the current closures and detours at www.centralcorridor.org and to signup to recieve the weekly update by email.
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Bicycling on the East Bank and Stadium Village Riding a bike is still a great way to get to and around campus. Be sure to keep yourself and those surrounding you safe by following a few simples rules: Bicycles are considered vehicles. That means bikers should follow tra c signs including detours. If a street is closed, it’s closed to all tra c, not just those in cars. Sidewalks are for walking, not for biking. During construction, sidewalks will be narrowed. Even riding your bike at a slow speed on sidewalks is dangerous to those around you and makes it very di cult for those in wheelchairs to get around you. If you need to take your bike up onto a sidewalk, dismount and walk your bike.

All bike racks, parking meters, and signs will be removed with the start of construction on Washington Avenue from Oak to Huron and replaced by a 6 foot construction fence. Locking bikes to the construction fence is not permitted; any bike locked to a fence will be removed. Additional bike racks will be placed around the construction zone on side streets of Washington.

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Do not bring questions or concerns to crews in the construction eld. Crews work on speci c tasks and will not know details on schedule and the most current information on plans and priorities. Call the construction hotline to leave a message and you will receive a call back to answer your question or learn more about the concern. All concerns and questions need to be received at the project management level to ensure issues are addressed.

Minnesota Department of Transportation www.511mn.org University of Minnesota www.campusmaps.umn.edu/tc City of Minneapolis www.minneapolismn.gov Hennepin County www.hennepin.us

To view current construction details including closures and detours or sign up to receive our weekly construction updates, visit:

www.centralcorridor.org

The Central Corridor Light Rail Transit Project will link downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis along Washington and University avenues via the state Capitol and University of Minnesota. Construction began in 2010 on the planned 11-mile Central Corridor line, and service will begin in 2014. The line will connect with the Hiawatha LRT line at the Metrodome station in Minneapolis and the Northstar commuter rail line at the new Target Field Station. The Metropolitan Council is the grantee of federal funds. The regional government agency is charged with building the line in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The Central Corridor Management Committee, which includes the mayors of St. Paul and Minneapolis, commissioners from Ramsey and Hennepin counties and the University of Minnesota, provides advice and oversight. Funding is provided by the Federal Transit Administration, Counties Transit Improvement Board, state of Minnesota, Ramsey and Hennepin counties’ regional railroad authorities, city of St. Paul, Metropolitan Council and the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative. For details, visit www.centralcorridor.org

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Central Corridor Light Rail Transit construction in the Prospect Park neighborhood of Minneapolis will include the following in 2012: Removal and reconstruction of roadway, sidewalks, and curbs & gutters on University Avenue and 29th Avenue. Relocation and replacement of existing underground public utilities including water, sanitary sewer, and storm sewer.

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Construction in Prospect Park for the Central Corridor Light Rail begins March 2012. Lane restrictions and road closures are needed to complete the majority of civil STREET SE construction by year’s end.
Station Platform Walkway to Platform Sidewalk Signalized Crosswalk Signalized Intersection Light Rail Tracks Bus Stop Bike Racks New Tree

Construction of the Prospect Park Station on 29th Avenue between University Avenue and 4th Street. Construction of the track guideway on 29th Avenue and University Avenue including installing embedded track.

General Timeline for the Entire Central Corridor Light Rail Project
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Removal of existing infrastructure and build out of new roads, sidewalks, utilities, station, and tracks Construct power substations, overhead power system, communications systems, and train control system

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Trains will run along the alignment to test the line prior to opening to the public Opening date in 2014 to be determined as testing nears completion

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University Avenue Construction Phasing in Prospect Park
Central Corridor Light Rail construction on University Avenue in the Prospect Park neighborhood will be constructed in two major phases. The rst major phase will shift all tra c to the southern lanes of University Avenue so the north lanes can be closed for construction. The rst phase of construction begins as early as March 1st and will continue through June depending on weather. The second major phase of construction will shift tra c onto the north side of University Avenue so that the south side can be closed for construction. The second phase of construction will continue until about Fall. These two major construction phases will be in place most of the project but there will be times when variations of this phasing are scheduled to accommodate construction needs. For the most accurate construction details, be sure to sign up for the weekly construction updates at www.centralcorridor.org.

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Metro Transit Bus Stop Changes Bus stop locations will change in each phase of construction. For the most current information, check the weekly construction update or contact Metro Transit at (612) 373-3333 or visit their website at www.metrotransit.org/construction. 2

Accessing Properties by Vehicle on 29th Avenue, 4th Street, and University Avenue

During each phase of construction, vehicle access will be maintained to parking lots and residential properties. Properties that have side street access to their property will have that side street access maintained. Properties that require University Avenue or 29th Avenue access will have access points added through the construction zone. All closures of driveways required to complete utilities and paving will be coordinated with each individual property and business and shared via the weekly construction update.

Getting Around the Area by Vehicle and Bicycle

A single lane heading east and a single lane heading west will be mainteained on University Avenue for use by vehicles and bicycles. The intersections of Bedford Street and Malcolm Avenue will be maintained as cross streets throughout most of construction.

Getting Around the Area by Foot
Existing sidewalks along University Avenue and 29th Avenue will be maintained throughout a majority of construction. When a sidewalk needs to be closed to conduct utility work or paving, a pedestrian detour will be in place prior to the closure. All current pedestrain crossing access will be maintained with the exception of the east crosswalk at the intersection of Malcolm and University; please use the crosswalk on the west side of the intersection to cross University Avenue.

*Please note that the below is an estimated schedule only. Much of construction depends upon weather and many other factors. The etsimated phasing schedule will be updated through construction as work progesses.
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Prospect Park Trees All new trees will be planted along the alignment of the Central Corridor on University Avenue and 29th Avenue in Prospect Park. With the assistance of community members, the City of Minneapolis, and the Minneapolis Park Board, a blend of three disease resistant species was chosen to line the boulevard. The majority of trees currently along the boulevard are ash trees that have been hit by or are susceptible to emerald ash borer. At the start of construction, many of the existing trees along the alignment will be removed on University Avenue and 29th Avenue. The new tree species will be planted in fall 2012 or spring 2013.

Example of tree plan along University Avenue in Prospect Park.

Construction Hours
Construction hours in Prospect Park are Monday through Saturday from 7 am to 6 pm. Permits may be granted to work evenings, nights, or Sundays at the contractor’s request. When permits are granted to the contractor for work outside of regular hours, notices will be published in advance.

Questions, Comments, or Concerns? Call the 24 hour Construction Hotline so we know there is an issue!

(651) 602-1404
Do not bring questions or concerns to crews in the construction eld. Crews work on speci c tasks and will not know details on schedule and the most current information on plans and priorities. Call the construction hotline to leave a message and you will receive a call back to answer your question or learn more about the concern. All concerns and questions need to be received at the project management level to ensure issues are addressed.

To view current construction details including closures and detours or sign up to receive our weekly construction updates, visit:

www.centralcorridor.org

The Central Corridor Light Rail Transit Project will link downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis along Washington and University avenues via the state Capitol and University of Minnesota. Construction began in 2010 on the planned 11-mile Central Corridor line, and service will begin in 2014. The line will connect with the Hiawatha LRT line at the Metrodome station in Minneapolis and the Northstar commuter rail line at the new Target Field Station. The Metropolitan Council is the grantee of federal funds. The regional government agency is charged with building the line in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The Central Corridor Management Committee, which includes the mayors of St. Paul and Minneapolis, commissioners from Ramsey and Hennepin counties and the University of Minnesota, provides advice and oversight. Funding is provided by the Federal Transit Administration, Counties Transit Improvement Board, state of Minnesota, Ramsey and Hennepin counties’ regional railroad authorities, city of St. Paul, Metropolitan Council and the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative. For details, visit www.centralcorridor.org

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