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Construction on the Southwest Light Rail Transit line could begin as early as this winter. 

The Eden Prairie City Council approved an agreement with the Metropolitan Council to move forward with the design of the proposed Town Center Station for the Southwest Light Rail Transit project on Tuesday, July 11.

The city said it will be responsible for the estimated $499,713 in design costs, which have been budgeted in the 2017-2026 capital improvement plan.

In 2015, the Met Council approved deferring construction of the Town Center Station until funding was identified as part of a plan to cut about $250 million from the project. The action also cut Eden Prairie’s Mitchell Road Station.

The station was chosen to receive $6.14 million federal funding in January and the newly approved agreement with the Met Council allows for the design of the station. "Once design is complete a separate agreement will be needed to incorporate construction of the station into the SWLRT construction contact," according to a city report.

According to the city, staff have been working with the Southwest Project Office to identify a schedule and process for incorporating construction of the Town Center Station into the Southwest LRT's construction contracts. The first step was to obtain a design agreement with the Met Council for the station design. The next steps include completing the station's design, getting the easements and right-of-way, negotiate change orders with the LRT contractors and obtain a construction agreement with the Met Council.

"With this process the Town Center Station would be constructed prior to and available for SWLRT’s opening day operations," the city report states.

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