This is a big week for the St. Croix River Crossing Project.
The Oak Park Heights City Council has two meetings this week—including a vote that could keep the project on track, or delay it for another year.
At the heart of the issue is the .
Aug. 29 is the deadline for the council to decide if the on July 2 are in accordance with the layout approved by the city in 1995.
The city can decide to reject the plan, request a panel to determine if there is any significant difference between this plan and one previously submitted by MnDOT, or take no action (accept the plan).
If the City Council votes to reject the current MnDOT plan—and arrangements to address utility issues—the project could be delayed by one year, which according to bridge advocates, would increase project costs by $35-45 million.
If the City Council approves, and accepts MnDOT’s plan, the project will stay on track and work will start early 2013.
The will meet Tuesday for a workshop to discuss the issues. On Thursday, the council will vote on the resolutions.