St. Paul skyway connection will close for 7 months during light rail construction

St. Paul’s downtown skyway system will be disrupted for about seven months when the connection at Cedar and Fifth streets is closed during construction of the Central Corridor light rail line.

But officials can’t say when that will be, but they do say they’ll try to keep the skyway connection open during winter months.

I wondered: Is it likely to be this coming spring, summer or winter?

“It is not known yet,” replied Laura Baenen, communications manager for the Central Corridor LRT Project. “The schedule cannot be developed until after the FTA [Federal Transit Administration] issues a Full Funding Grant Agreement and contractors are hired.”

The light rail line coming through downtown on Cedar needs to make a diagonal jog to the east, so the vacant Bremer Bank building will be torn down. With it goes the skyway connection between Lifetime Fitness and the Fifth Street Center building.

Officials promise to restore the skyway connection within about seven months.

And while demolition dates are still being discussed, Central Corridor officials say they “will seek to synchronize the time the skyway connection is not in place with the time snow is not on the ground.”

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Annalise Cudahy on 12/17/2009 - 04:21 pm.

    Not said was how those negotiations with the University were going. You know, the ones that were supposed to conclude in early December if we weren’t going to jeopardize funding?

    Sometimes, no news is news. But the silence has been pretty loud on this one.

  2. Submitted by Ben Irwin on 12/18/2009 - 07:44 am.

    As far as the skyway goes; no pain, no gain. It will be over soon enough and the city will be better for it.

    As far as the University goes; I just hope the arrogance of the University will not jeopardize the light rail any more than it already has. It is time for the state to step up and put them in their place. The world does not revolve around the U.

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