Residents, businesses, and Minnehaha Park users are invited to a public open house to learn about an upcoming sewer construction project near Minnehaha Park. The Metropolitan Council’s Environmental Services Division will begin area sewer improvement work north of East Minnehaha Parkway and west of Hiawatha Avenue near Minnehaha Park this month.
The two-year, $25 million project will make needed repairs to aging sewer infrastructure in the vicinity of significant environmental amenities. Construction will mean some inconveniences and disruptions over the life of the project that will require the patience and understanding of area residents, including:
Installation of a large aboveground temporary conveyance system to direct wastewater around the work site
Fencing, operation of construction equipment, tree removal, and landscaping disturbances
Implications for traffic, including periodic lane shifts, temporary road closures, and on-street parking restrictions
Temporary closure and detour of a section of the Hiawatha Bicycle Trail during construction
Beginning shortly after 5:00 pm, there will be a presentation on the construction activities, schedule and anticipated impacts. After the presentation, there will be an open house with more information on the project and an opportunity to speak with project staff.
Upon request, we will provide reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities at the open house. Please submit such requests to Tim O’Donnell at firstname.lastname@example.org; phone 651-602-1269; or TTY 651-291-0904.
About the project
The existing sewer tunnel located under Minnehaha Creek, Hiawatha Avenue, and the METRO Blue Line light rail corridor was built in 1935 and needs repairs. The project will involve cleaning and rehabilitating the existing tunnel and upgrading the existing regulator and electrical vaults. This work will preserve the structural integrity of the tunnel and will minimize the risk of failure.
Project area map:
Bicycle trail detour map: