One year of construction of the Central Corridor light rail line is complete. Next year, the project will continue into the eastern end of University Avenue, as well as for neighborhoods in Minneapolis. It is important that the community be kept up to date on construction plans that will affect livability andtraffic in our neighborhoods.
Navigating Central Corridor neighborhoods during construction can be a hassle, but for those who live, work and go to school in the area, must be able to get accurate and up-to-date information on how to get around. The Central Corridor Project Office, City of Saint Paul and other agencies all have important and useful informaton. As well as, contacts if there are questions or concerns.
What's Happening with LRT Construction?
Visit www.CentralCorridor.org for weekly Construction Updates, maps, LRT station information and scheduled public meetings regarding CCLRT construction
Construction Communication Committees (CCCs) are made up of community members and business owners from the seven construction sectors outlined by the Central Corridor project. The purpose of the CCCs is to keep community updated on construction planning and progress, and to provide two-way communication between the contractors and community. The CCC also votes quarterly to determine whether contractor's receive contractor incentive bonuses and the amount they will receive.
Construction jobs for local minority and women contractors & workers
Another community concern is to ensure that Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goals are met and that minority and women workers are hired from the local neighborhoods along the light rail line. This issue is complicated by the economic downturn which has kept many trained union workers on the bench; from the unions’ perspective, their first priority is to put their own union workers back to work, leaving few openings for new trainees from the community. The Central Corridor Project Office (CCPO) has sponsored a number of informational meetings for DBEs and potential workers to learn about LRT construction employment opportunities and training programs.
Each month on the third Thursday CCPO holds a DBE/AA Oversight Committee meeting from 2:30 to 4:00 pm during which contractors report on their progress towards reaching DBE and workforce goals. A new website is also being set up through Job Connect where local job-seekers can post their resumes and qualifications for construction jobs.
Visit the the LRT CONSTRUCTION AND COMMUNICATION BLOG for updates and helpful information.