Olson Memorial Highway

Temporary Closure – Fall 2017

Replacement of the Bassett Creek stormwater tunnel began Monday, October 30, 2017. This work required Olson Memorial Highway to be closed for approximately two weeks between Van White Memorial Boulevard and West Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis. The closure began at 9:00am on Monday, October 30, 2017. Work is carried out in collaboration with MnDOT and the City of Minneapolis. Detour information [PDF, 1 MB]

Update May 23, 2018

Construction continues in the area. Beginning Tuesday, May 29 through Friday, June 22 the right westbound (northern-most) lane will be closed to install fittings, repair sidewalk, and restore landscaping. Two-lanes of traffic in each direction maintained.

Olson Memorial Highway Closure Video

The video below provides information about detours during the closure and the reasons for the work being performed.

About the Closure

The map below shows the location of the Bassett Creek Stormwater Tunnel, which will be relocated during the highway closure.

Map of Bassett Creek stormwater tunnel location
During the closure:
  • Local access to residential areas and Summit OIC will be provided during the closure.
  • Non-local vehicle traffic will be detoured onto Hwy. 100 and I-394.
  • A sidewalk along Olson Memorial Hwy. will remain open to pedestrians.
  • Route 19 buses will be detoured in the closure area; Rider Alerts will be posted.
  • After the road reopens, work in the surrounding area will continue through Spring 2018 as crews connect the new stormwater tunnel to existing storm sewers.

Public Open House

The METRO Blue Line Extension Project hosted a public open house to provide information about the current status of the light rail project and preview early construction activities on October 10, 2017.

Open House Presentation Materials

Presentation materials from the Oct. 10, 2017 meeting are available in PDF format:


About the Bassett Creek Stormwater Tunnel

The Bassett Creek stormwater tunnel is more than 100 years old and is structurally deficient. The stormwater tunnel’s current location conflicts with the planned Van White Boulevard light rail station, part of the METRO Blue Line Extension project. Replacing the old stormwater tunnel will expedite major construction of the Blue Line Extension, which will begin in 2019.

For More Information

For more information about this work or the Blue Line Extension project, contact Community Outreach Coordinator Dan Pfeiffer at 612-373-3897 or Dan.Pfeiffer@metrotransit.org.