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After construction, south Minneapolis residents ask when MnDOT will clean up 2nd Avenue

The Minnesota Department of Transportation spent nearly four years installing underground concrete tanks along Interstate 35W in south Minneapolis to collect runoff.

MnDOT shut down the right lane of northbound I-35W between 42nd and 40th streets while crews installed the six tanks that are each large enough to hold 4.5 million gallons of water - enough to fill about seven Olympic-sized swimming pools. The tanks will hold the water until it is pumped through a pipe into a tunnel that leads to the Mississippi River.

That portion of the freeway is prone to flooding, which led the agency to spend $68 million on the first-of-its-kind project to give water that collects on the road a place to go.


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