Vikes Pleased, Costs To Improve Arden Hills Site Aren’t As High As Feared
The cost of upgrading roads around the Minnesota Vikings’ proposed stadium site in Arden Hills won’t be as high as expected. State department of transportation officials have now estimated the costs to improve the roads at $131 million. That number is down more than 25% from $175 million in its previous estimate and much closer to the $84 million to $120 million in estimates commissioned by the Vikings.
After the announcement was made, the Vikings released the following statement:
“We want to thank Governor Dayton, the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Ramsey County for working together to quickly explore in further detail the off-site transportation needs and costs for a new stadium at the TCAAP site in Arden Hills. It is important for all parties to be in agreement on the numbers so we can now focus our energy on moving this project forward. We appreciate the fact that these discussions have lowered the overall project costs, and we look forward to working with the governor and legislative leaders on resolving the stadium issue in Minnesota.”
The Vikings are looking for a stadium deal to be done soon, as their current lease at the Metrodome expires after the 2011 season.