Negotiations between the Metropolitan Council and the University of Minnesota have become more heated than ever, with the Met Council's chairman saying the university has cost taxpayers at least $1 million.
The latest negotiations about the 11-mile light rail line that will pass through the University of Minnesota collapsed and have made a judge force mediations between the two, the Pioneer Press said.
The Met Council wants a temporary easement from the university to do construction on roads that will be near the light rail line on Washington Avenue to help ease traffic when rail construction begins on the East Bank campus, the Star Tribune said.
The university has said it will not agree to easements until guarantees on remedies for noise impact on nearby research equipment is set in stone, said the Star Tribune.
The roadwork was contracted for $3 million, but unless it is executed before April 27, the contract is voided and may cost taxpayers up to $1 million more, plus an addition $40 million due to delays, the Star Tribune said.
Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak expressed frustration at the university, the Pioneer Press said.
"Like virtually every other partner involved in the Central Corridor, I am fed up with the U. We are not siting a nuclear reactor here," he said.