Roadwork estimates lowered but Vikings stadium in doubt
The ever-changing cost for roadwork needed to place a new stadium for Vikings in Arden Hills, Minn., has dropped again.
Now, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has slapped a $131 million price tag on costs for necessary roadwork to make the stadium happen in the suburb of St. Paul. That’s down from the $200 million figure that was on it before and the estimate of $175 million.
But it still might not get the deal done. The state legislature’s current session ends Monday and the project is in serious doubt.
“It's progress and this makes it more manageable," Vikings vice president Lester Bagley told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
The problem is the $131 million is not covered in the $1 billion package that has been put together. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said earlier this week the league would kick in money to get the deal done and details would be unveiled soon. Everyone is running out of time to make this happen soon, though.
The Vikings have proposed paying $407 million for the stadium with the state kicking in $300 million and Ramsey County producing $350 million. Gov. Mark Dayton has been adamant the state’s portion will not rise.
Sounds like this one will go down to the wire.
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