City Trims Down on Project Costs


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ALBERT LEA, MN — Even with construction underway, plans are still changing on a project in Albert Lea.

The Albert Lea City Council is approving more than 230,000 dollars in cuts to the Broadway Reconstruction and Streetscape Project.

The changes are being made after bids came in almost 500,000 dollars over budget.

City leaders say they are small changes to help save taxpayers money.

“Most of the changes were aesthetic changes,” Albert Lea Mayor Vern Rasmussen said. “They are things that can be replaced later. And really, there is no hard time as to when we can do that. It will really depend on how things flow for the next couple of years and if the time is right to get those things in the budget, we’ll look at them at that time.”

Those changes include cutting out some benches and other amenities.

He adds a donation program could be setup to help bring those items back into the project.

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