Construction

Construction workers install bridge deck at the Cedar Lake Channel

Construction hotline

Call the 24-hour hotline for problems such as blocked access to business or residential areas, improper traffic sign placement or parking issues: 612-373-3933

For emergencies, always call 911.

For general questions or comments about Southwest LRT, contact your Community Outreach Coordinator.

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LRT Construction Sequencing


DONE

Utilities

Excavation, Relocation / Installation


DONE

Site prep

Clear buildings, Establish work zones, detours

60% COMPLETE

Structures, Track, Stations

Track beds, track, buildings, roadwork, trails

2%
COMPLETE

Systems

Overhead catenary, safety & security, ticket vending
PRIOR TO REVENUE SERVICE

Testing

Safety, communications, operator training
 

2021 construction highlights

Thank you to our corridor neighbors for engaging us on construction issues and watching construction progress! We are looking forward to another productive year in 2022 as we advance project construction.

Civil construction (structures and stations) is nearly 60% complete. Under construction:

  • 11 of 16 stations
  • 25 of 29 bridges completed or underway
  • All 8 tunnels
  • 114 of 131 retaining walls completed or under construction
  • 95% of 946 private utilities completed
  • 75% of nearly 1,300 public utilities completed
  • All 15 building demolitions completed

Civil construction challenges


Corridor protection wall

  • Required per BNSF agreement
  • Required environmental clearance which was completed after civil construction contracting
  • Added to the civil construction contract by change order

Secant wall

  • Unforeseen soil conditions (settling during initial tunnel construction) necessitated an alternative construction method
  • Added to the civil construction contract by change order
  • These issues impact other contracts and the overall project schedule and budget

Construction update: September 30, 2022

 

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Can I have any of the materials (plants, trees, fencing, etc.) within construction sites and work zones?
No. Many of the natural materials within construction sites will be used for on-site erosion control.  Other materials may be contaminated and require the contractor to dispose per environmental regulations.

If I see an animal that needs assistance, what should I do?
As construction begins, some wildlife may be displaced. Should you come across animals that need assistance outside of construction areas and work zones, contact your city’s animal control office or one of the following resources:

Will there be freight train horns being sounded during construction?
Yes. With portions of the SWLRT construction corridor located immediately adjacent to active freight rail lines, freight trains will follow their standard operating rules when approaching a construction area. Freight trains are required to sound their horn as the train approaches a construction area that is occupied by workers or equipment adjacent to the freight line, until the front of the train has passed the construction area. This will mean additional train horn soundings during construction.

Safety is our top priority during construction. Please observe signage around construction areas and note conditions may change: Stay alert. Stay safe.

METRO Green Line Extension

Green Line Extension Project Office
Park Place West Building, Suite 500
6465 Wayzata Boulevard
St. Louis Park, MN 55426

Construction hotline: 612-373-3933