Updated: 07/02/2014 7:48 PM
Created: 07/02/2014 4:36 PM WDIO.com
The complicated process of moving a major state highway for mining, is taking longer than expected. And that means the May, 2017 deadline to have a new roadway in place, is in jeopardy.
That's according to MnDOT's project manager, Roberta Dwyer.
"We continue to negotiate with the land owner and the mining company, and all the stakeholders, as we develop a construction schedule. When we look at the design, we will try and use techniques to expedite the project," Dwyer said.
What's taking longer than expected is the geo-technical work needed in the Rouchleau Pit. MnDOT needs to find out what kind of foundations could be put down into the pit, to support a road or bridge.
Companies who are interested in putting in those test foundations will be touring the site next Wednesday. The actual testing work is expected to begin in August.
Until all of that information is fully vetted, a decision cannot be made on where the best alternative will be.
United Taconite, which is owned by Cliffs Natural Resources, said they are disappointed with the delays. "We hope that MnDOT can address these concerns in a timely fashion, and that they can get back on track. It's extremely important to keep this project on schedule to avoid interfering with the mine operations," shared Sandy Karnowski, District Manager of Public Affairs for Cliffs.
Cost estimates are also higher than expected so far, ranging from $240 million to $460 million. MnDOT said they are looking a combination of state and federal funding to pay for the project.
Scannell Testifies in His Own Criminal Sexual Misconduct Trial
Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell took the witness stand today for what was an emotional testimony from the man charged with two accounts of 4th degree criminal sexual misconduct for a relationship he allegedly had with a 17-year old girl in August 2012.
Bucks-Only Hunt This Fall in Most of NE Minn.
Deer hunters in most of northeastern Minnesota will only be allowed to harvest bucks this fall as the Department of Natural Resources tries to rebuild deer numbers. The bucks-only harvest will take place in 14 permit areas covering Lake, Cook, and much of St. Louis counties.
Wisconsin to Stop Enforcing Birth Control Law
Gov. Scott Walker's administration will no longer enforce the state's contraception coverage law for employers with religious objections following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month.
Hibbing's New 'Good to Grow' Campaign Promotes Economic Development
As business development tops the $50 million dollar mark in 2014, the city and chamber decided to share their good news in a campaign.
Horse Therapy in Grand Rapids Helps Veterans and Struggling Adults, Kids
Whoever said a dog is man's best friend, never had a horse. At five miles per hour, Montana and a group of horseback riders are making their way to the North Star Stampede Rodeo. They're camping along the way and helping people as well.