The U.S. Department of Energy has given a key approval for a massive physics research project at Michigan State University.
The Lansing State Journal reports the department's decision announced Thursday puts the cost of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams at $730 million. That's up from $550 million previously associated with the project. The department projects official completion in 2022.
Leaders of the project known as FRIB, however, say they're aiming for late 2020 to complete work.
The East Lansing school won a national competition to host the project in 2008, but budget concerns have threatened funding.
The start of construction is tied to federal money. Backers have estimated that the project will create 5,000 construction jobs and 400 permanent jobs.