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The Minnesota Vikings announced last week that they plan to add $19.7 million to their contribution towards building a new stadium for the NFL team. Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley made the announcement at the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) meeting in Minneapolis alongside John Wood with Mortenson Construction and MSFA chair Michele Kelm-Helgen. The additional funding means the Minnesota Vikings have now contributed $526 million towards the new facility which has a total price tag of over a billion dollars. Lester Bagley announced that the extra funding was to counter the rising price of steel and ensure all of the items from the original plan were built on time. There is roughly 7,000 tons of steel in the stadium’s external shell. The steel was budgeted at $4,800 per ton but is now costing closer to $6,000 per ton.

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  • Date occured Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Monday, 28 July 2014 10:44

I-35W Bridge Beginning to Age

Seven years after the Minneapolis I-35W bridge collapse occurred, the replacement bridge is starting to age. Bridge inspectors recently found cracks in concrete girders, a clogged drainage hole, and rust above the bridge’s piers. The new I-35W bridge over the Mississippi River was built in 2008 after the after the old bridge fell into the river on August 1, 2007. The collapse killed 13 people and injured 145. Improperly designed gusset plates were ultimately determined to be the reason for the collapse. Federal regulators also discovered that the gusset plates were not given proper attention during inspections. 

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  • Date occured Monday, 28 July 2014
Thursday, 05 December 2013 13:34

Minnesota Vikings Break Ground on New Stadium

The Minnesota Vikings broke ground on Tuesday on the new $975 million Vikings Stadium. The stadium will be built by Mortenson Construction and Thor Construction and will replace the aging Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis that was built in 1982. The 65,000 seat, 1.7 million square foot facility will be finished in July 2016. It is expected to take 4.3 million work hours from over 7500 workers. The Vikings and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) will require 11% of the construction contracts for the project to be awarded to women, and 9% of the contracts to be awarded to minority-owned construction companies. On May 10, 2012, a bill was passed to fund the stadium and states the Minnesota Vikings will pay $477 million, the state of Minnesota will pay $348 million, and $150 million will be covered by a hospitality tax in Minneapolis.

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  • Date occured Monday, 03 December 2012