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Feb 17, 2010 10:23 AM by Associated Press

Work to begin in March on Dinosaur visitor center

Construction will begin in March on the visitor center for Dinosaur National Monument.

Superintendent Mary Risser says Advanced Solutions Group, LLC of Kaysville has been selected to demolish and replace condemned portions of the Quarry Visitor Center. The contract is worth about $7 million and is being funded by the federal stimulus program.

The center, which houses the nation's premier quarry of Jurassic-period dinosaur bones, closed in 2006 because of safety problems. Its closure frustrated paleontologists who have been unable to access its 1,500 dinosaur bones.

The center is expected to reopen in the summer of 2011.

A temporary visitor center is being set up at a former gift shop just outside the Utah entrance to the park, part of which is in Colorado.

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