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Light rail work has begun in St. Paul

Some early pre-construction work on the Central Corridor light rail line has begun in St. Paul, MPR reports.

Crews have started spray-painting and chalking symbols and numbers on streets and utility poles to guide workers when they start ripping up pavement as early as next month.

Real construction -- laying the rails and building the stations -- won't start until next summer at the earliest.

The rail line will connect downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul, running 11 miles, mostly along University Avenue. It will head south near the Capitol and end up at St. Paul's Union Depot.

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