Ramsey County wants state to pay for new roads near TCAAP
Posted in the Minneapolis Forum
#1 Dec 10, 2012
Ramsey County can use its own bonds to borrow money for the $30 million purchase and cleanup of the polluted Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant, but the county still will have to look to the state for help redeveloping Minnesota's largest Superfund site.
Chief on the county's wish list: new roads.
"We'll need the state to be a partner in this before the project is completed," said Ramsey County Finance Director Lee Mehrkens, addressing lawmakers during a recent tour of the site.
That's no small ask.
County officials have estimated they'll need at least $35.2 million in road improvements from now through 2017 to make the TCAAP site marketable. Previous estimates had exceeded $100 million, back when a Minnesota Vikings stadium, a hotel, housing and other development were on the drawing board.
The Vikings are staying in Minneapolis, and it's unclear what kind of development will someday be built on the 430-acre TCAAP property.
Nevertheless, when county officials led a tour of the site recently, they made clear that they're looking to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, state legislators and other leaders to hold down costs and make those road improvements happen.
Some lawmakers feel the county is moving forward too quickly on the land purchase from the federal government and should wait a year to refine plans before asking for state road dollars.
"We have not nearly enough transportation dollars for all the needs in the state, and they're really long lists," said state Rep. Alice Hausman, DFL-St. Paul, chair of the House Capital Investment Committee.
MnDOT Northern Area Manager Wayne Norris said his department has programmed about $8 million in improvements near the TCAAP site through 2015, in two projects that were identified more than three years ago. The department plans to redeck the County Road 96 bridge over Interstate 35W for $1 million and replace the County Road H bridge over I-35W for $6.8 million. Anything beyond that likely will require action from the Metropolitan Council and state lawmakers.
#3 Dec 10, 2012
if you're going to pay for the viking stadium you should have just built it there, not the ghetto that is leftist gay biking ryback world.... Going to viking games in the ghetto would be much improved by an outdoor stadium with tailgating in the suburbs, not building it next to gay community in downtown, do we get Putin 2016 posters after the game?
Saint Paul, MN
#4 Dec 10, 2012
OK scrub plans for the new Stillwater bridge to nowhere and we'd have enough money for all these cheap projects.
$800,000,000 eight hundred MILLIONS for a bridge to nowhere.
What a joke!!!
That's almost as funny as $325,000,000 three hundred and twenty five MILLIONS for the NorthStar rail project that they can't fill with riders even if they give the seats away.
BUT the Dumb Phocking Liberals WILL HAVE their rail...
This can't be made up, it's really happening.
#5 Dec 10, 2012
After posting lies, why continue to try LOSER !???
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