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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.”

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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.”