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Minneapolis City Council Votes to Approve SWLRT Project

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The Minneapolis City Council voted Friday to approve the $1.6 billion Southwest Light Rail Transit line.

KSTP Reporter Josh Rosenthal reports the municipal consent vote passed 10-3, with Council Members Lisa Goodman, Cam Gordon and Barbara Johnson dissenting.

Mpls. Strives to Protect Public Land Along Proposed Southwest Light Rail Route

The Minneapolis City Council is preparing to vote on whether to move forward with the proposed $1.6 billion Southwest Light Rail line. Since the vote on Friday cannot come with any conditions, the city voted on a few conditions ahead of Friday's official vote, like protecting public land ownership.

Hennepin Co. Board Approves SWLRT Project

Major decisions for the Southwest Light Rail Transit Project are expected to be made in the coming weeks.

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners voted to approve the project Tuesday afternoon. Now, the controversial project is just one vote away from becoming reality.

Open House Discusses Hennepin, Lyndale Reconstruction

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The city of Minneapolis is considering redesigning where Hennepin and Lyndale Avenues meet, and the public is invited to weigh in on the project.

Residents Near Minnehaha Park Voice Concerns about Parking

Residents near Minnehaha Park will be fighting for parking relief once again.

About 1.5 million people visit the park each year, and residents say it’s nearly impossible to find parking in front of their own homes.

Minnesota Starts $68 Million Highway Expansion in Plymouth

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Minnesota has started construction on a $68 million highway project scheduled to run through 2016.
The state will add a third general-purpose lane to both directions of Interstate 494 in Plymouth. I-494 and Interstate 94/694 come together in the area's Fish Lake interchange. Three lanes currently narrow to two in Plymouth for six miles.

St. Louis Park, Eden Prairie Approve SWLRT Monday

The voting on the Southwest Light Rail Transit project continued this week.

The 15-mile train line would run from Target Field in downtown Minneapolis through St. Louis Park, Minnetonka, Hopkins and Eden Prairie.

Eden Prairie approved it on a 4-1 vote, on Monday.