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Emergency command post put on hold

Even before the 35W collapse, the city of Minneapolis had been working with Hennepin County to built a new joint emergency command post.

The building would be a much needed improvement over the residing emergency command post. During the bridge collapse, around 60 people were working in the old building, which was meant to hold only a few dozen. However, the proposed new command post would hold 120 to 140 people.

As new building proposals come in the city and county are nowhere closer to beginning building. The major issue is the cost of the building itself. One proposal even goes as high as $28.6 million. Unfortunately, the current budget for the project is only $13.6. The county would be responsible for $8 million and the city the remaining $5.6 million.

In order to get the extra money city officials are looking into using state bonding, and if that is not a viable option the building may simply be built to budget and expanded upon in the future.

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