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Science Museum wants state aid to fix design flaw that’s causing water leakage

The Science Museum of Minnesota, on the Mississippi River bluff in downtown St. Paul, has suffered major water damage due to a design flaw, officials said.

Water is seeping into the walls from the roof, and a lawsuit filed against the contractor and designer was thrown out because it came too late.

Museum officials would like $13 million in state aid to help pay for repairs, which are estimated at $26 million. But that request will have to get in line behind other St. Paul state funding needs, says MPR.

The city’s has higher priorities for state funding requests, the mayor’s office said, including “reconstruction of the Kellogg Avenue bridge, a learning center on the Mississippi River, a renovation of the Como Zoo’s seal exhibit and a Tipi Center at the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary,” according to the story.

There is no danger to visitors, but officials say there is an urgency to fixing the problem, which they don’t want to turn into an emergency.

The Science Museum building was finished in 1999 at a cost of $99 million, with $30 million coming from the state.

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