There was a slight rise in fatal workplace injuries in Minnesota last year compared to 2011, according to a report released Thursday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Officials said 70 people died last year in work-related incidents, which is 10 more than 2011’s all-time low of 60.
The Minnesota Supreme Court says a private business working on a construction project for the St. Louis County School District does not have to provide subcontractor data under open records laws. The decision reverses an earlier ruling by the state Court of Appeals.
The groundbreaking for the new Minnesota Vikings stadium will be on Tuesday, Dec. 3. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority confirmed the date Tuesday. It’s the official start of construction on the nearly $1 billion football stadium that will be built at the current Metrodome site.
A 75-year-old bicyclist was killed when he was struck by a construction vehicle in Otter Tail County Thursday afternoon. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the crash happened along 145h Street.
Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration is directing $300 million into ten highway construction projects meant to break up bottlenecks and improve freight movement around the state. Dayton and Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle announced the projects Thursday.
A price tag of $975 million won’t be enough to cover building the new Vikings stadium the way the team wants it. The team and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority may have to cut back some desired perks to stay within budget.
Crews responded to a church in Nisswa after a collapse occurred while workers were constructing an addition. Authorities said the collapse happened at the Timberwood Church on Highway 371 at about 7:15 a.m. Friday.
Construction crews working in St. Paul accidentally ruptured a gas line Wednesday morning. The accident happened at about 10:15 a.m. near the area of Farrington Street and Arlington Avenue.
Officials with Ryan Companies Construction said work will continue at the site of the new St. Paul Saints stadium on Wednesday, eight days after a worker was killed in a construction accident.
Shutterfly broke ground Tuesday on a $60 million Shakopee facility. The online photo-sharing site will employ up to 1,000 full and part time employees.
Rescue crews have responded to a reported partial building collapse in St. Paul Tuesday morning. Early reports say the collapse is near the 300 block of East 5th Street.
If you have travel plans for Labor Day weekend, be prepared for a little traffic. MnDOT Director of Communications Kevin Gutknecht says there won’t be any construction going on, but the road work areas will still mean road closures and slower speed limits. “There are a number of work zones that folks may encounter during their holiday weekend travel,” Gutknecht said. “Work zones can still be dangerous places, so folks should slow down, take their time and proceed cautiously.”
Minnesota’s front lawn is about to be ripped up. As soon as this week, crews working on the state Capitol renovation project will begin taking up big sections of the green space in front of the building.
After four months of construction, the Portland Avenue Bridge, spanning I-94 and I-35W, is set to re-open at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23.Portland Avenue between East 16th Street and East 17th Street will re-open. The direction of traffic on Portland Avenue between East 18th Street and East 19th Street will revert to the pre-construction direction.
If you see a new Ferris wheel-like structure in northeast Minneapolis in 2014, it’s not for a carnival. It’s part of new restaurant. Leslie Bock, owner of Psycho Suzi’s, has submitted plans to open Betty Danger’s Country Club, which will feature a “vertically revolving patio” as a seating option.
When your motto is making “freaky fast” deliveries, the last thing you need to see are orange barrels and detour signs. It’s been a tough summer for Jimmy John’s delivery driver Joshua McClain. “The way [the] highway is is just stopping our business from getting here,” McClain said. “So I’m not getting in as many hours of work. And I mean, just to get anyplace, period, 694 is a highway that everybody uses.”
Drivers traveling around the metro are having to give themselves plenty of time to get to their destinations. Several of the major freeways in and around the Twin Cities are off limits until Monday’s morning rush hour.
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is advising bicyclists and motorists to plan ahead due to construction on trails along Brownie Lake, the west side of Cedar Lake, Dean Parkway, and Lake Calhoun.
You might see a lot more ladies around town wearing hard hats and yellow vests. Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is working on two homes built by all-women construction teams.
Penn Avenue in south Minneapolis is being rebuilt and widened, and the work is taking from May through October.
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and other elected officials from along Interstate 94 between Minneapolis and St. Cloud are asking Gov. Mark Dayton to consider making it a higher state priority to widen the freeway by a lane in each direction.
If you’ve ever been stuck in traffic at 3 p.m., you might wonder where all of those other people are headed. E. Cain wrote to WCCO wondering why the rush that used to start at 5 p.m. now seems to start much earlier. Brian Kary, MnDOT’s Director of Freeway Operations , says rush hour is generally considered between 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., but varies depending on the corridor.
A section of Highway 62 will be closed both ways as crews demolish the Penn Avenue Bridge. According to MnDOT, both directions of the crosstown will close between Highway 100 and I-35W at 10 p.m. Friday night. Eastbound Hwy 62 to France Avenue will remain open for hospital traffic only.
An Elk River sinkhole has the left lane of westbound Highway 10, just east of Main Street, closed, MnDOT said. Crews are working and the lane is expected to re-open by 4 p.m. Friday as the pavement needs more time to set because of the hot weather.
The City of St. Paul has started to make way for its newest ballpark along 5th street in Lowertown, near Highway 52.