- Associated Press - Saturday, December 3, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The cost of building a pedestrian bridge to link a light-rail platform with the new U.S. Bank Stadium is about $1 million more than expected.

The initial estimate was $9.65 million. Due to the increase, the Metropolitan Council’s Transportation Committee has approved a series of change orders, which are often required when a project goes over budget, the Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/2gJviZC) reported.

The council will foot the bill for now, though officials are trying recover nearly $465,500 from a consultant that it said made costly errors in the bridge’s design. That recovered money would account for approximately half the increased costs for the bridge.

The Vikings have already contributed $6 million for the bridge and aren’t contractually obligated to pay more. The team will get 90 percent of the advertising revenue from the U.S. Bank Stadium Station to repay the contribution for a 30-year period.

The bridge is intended to have stadium patrons and others move safely across the light-rail tracks at the U.S. Bank Stadium Station. Metro Transit spokesman Howie Padilla said about 25 percent of stadium attendees take light rail.

“After nearly four decades, we know that cost disagreements like this occasionally arise and are addressed through a well-established process,” design consultant EVS president K. Dennis Kim said. “We’ll work with Metro Transit and the other design team members to reach a solution acceptable to all and that respects the public’s interests.”

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Information from: Star Tribune, https://www.startribune.com


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