Bridge project back under consideration
ST. PAUL — One of Minnesota’s highest profile bridge projects goes under the legislative microscope this week.
The House Commerce and Labor Committee will meet Tuesday to get a progress report in the long overdue replacement of the Wakota Bridge.
The Interstate 494 span over the Mississippi River was supposed to be done more than a year ago. But a design flaw forced revisions to the original plan and led to construction delays.
Last week the design firm HNTB Corp. reached a $20 million settlement with the Minnesota Transportation Department.
The westbound span of the bridge opened to traffic in 2006 and is used to carry traffic in both directions. The eastbound span is headed for completion in 2010.