You’re hearing a lot of “right on time” happy-talk from the Met Council on the Central Corridor’s building schedule.
And it is a fact that the project seems to be on time in terms of getting track laid.
But carrying off a major rail construction project in the middle of a busy (work with me here) city is like creating and then raising a baby to adulthood; getting laid is the easy part; it’s the details afterward that’ll kill you.
And so it seems to be with the Central Corridor, according to an excellent piece in the PiPress from Frederick Melo earlier this week:
The front of Jack McCann’s University Avenue office buildings east of Raymond Avenue has been torn up since April. That’s when Central Corridor light-rail line work crews dug up his yard to get at water lines.
McCann said it was understood the crews would return to repair the broken sprinkler pipes now sticking out of the ground. But they haven’t.
“They didn’t come back and restore it,” McCann said. “It’s shoddy work.”
Instead, work crews installing the new transit line are focusing on meeting a Metropolitan Council deadline for reopening a three-mile stretch of University Avenue between Hamline Avenue in St. Paul and Emerald Street in Minneapolis.
By Nov. 30, they’re required to open two traffic lanes in each direction, or face penalties of $10,000 per day.
Will Walsh Construction reach the goal? Some business owners doubt they’ll get the four lanes open and complete related projects by that date.
And it’s looking more and more like if they meet it at all, they’ll meet the “letter of the law” – getting the streets more or less open – rather than tying up all the loose ends….
…which are killing business up and down University.
I’ll urge you to read the whole thing.