Weekly Construction Update

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METRO Green Line Extension 2022 Year in Review

Happy Holidays from the METRO Green Line Extension LRT Project! The project recently passed a significant milestone, reaching 70% overall completion of construction. The video linked below shows just how much work has been accomplished in 2022. Among the highlights are; substantial progress on all 16 stations, completion of the improvements to the Franklin Operations & Maintenance Facility, the commencement of Systems Contract work, and substantial completion of the majority of bridges and walls on the project. 

2023 promises to be another productive year for the project. We are thankful for the support that we continue to receive as we advance this generation transformational transit investment toward the opening of revenue operations.  

Click the video below to view the video of this year's construction highlights.

 Construction Update: January 20, 2023

Construction Photo: Bassett Creek Valley Station

View from the top of Excelsior Bridge, with construction equipment above.

The Bassett Creek Valley LRT Station in Minneapolis continues to take shape.  When complete the station will serve the Dunwoody College of Technology, the Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, and the Minneapolis neighbourhoods of Bryn Mawr, Harrison, Lowry Hill, and Kenwood. The station is conveniently close to the athletic fields and open space of Bryn Mawr Meadows.  

Updates by city

There are two Eden Prairie maps, each illustrating where construction crews are working. General activities are highlighted for your convenience. Please refer to text descriptions in this section for more details on major elements being constructed in specific areas.


SouthWest Station to Eden Prairie Town Center Station


Construction overview:

At the SouthWest Station, we are constructing a new park-and-ride ramp adjacent to the existing ramp and a combined bus and LRT station. Moving east, the Prairie Center Drive LRT Bridge extends from the SouthWest Station area over Technology Drive and Prairie Center Drive. Moving east, LRT will enter the Eden Prairie Town Center Station area.

 

LRT Bridge at I-494 to Shady Oak Road


Construction overview:

In this portion of Eden Prairie, an LRT bridge will cross over I-494, parallel to Flying Cloud Drive; this bridge is almost complete. Flying Cloud Drive is being reconstructed and LRT track installed. LRT will travel on bridges over Flying Cloud Drive and Nine Mile Creek. The Golden Triangle Station is being constructed as well as an LRT bridge over Shady Oak Road and Highway 212.

Ongoing:

  • Winter construction activity in Eden Prairie will be limited mostly to the area around SouthWest Station. Expect minimal updates to construction activities until spring 2023.

This Minnetonka map illustrates where construction crews are working. General activities are highlighted for your convenience. Please refer to text descriptions in this section for more details on major elements being constructed in specific areas.


City West Station in Eden Prairie to Shady Oak Station in Hopkins


Construction overview:
The City West Station area continues with preparation work for retaining walls. Major elements in this segment include an LRT tunnel under Highway 62, the Opus Station, many large retaining walls, the Smetana/Feltl roadway bridges over LRT and the Hopkins/Minnetonka LRT Bridge ending at the Shady Oak Road Station.

Ongoing:

  • Crews continue to work on the Minnetonka-Hopkins LRT bridge. Expect minimal updates to construction activities until spring 2023.

This Hopkins map illustrates where construction crews are working. General activities are highlighted for your convenience. Please refer to text descriptions in this section for more details on major elements being constructed in specific areas.


Construction overview:

There are three stations in Hopkins: Shady Oak Road, Downtown Hopkins and Blake Road. Major structures in Hopkins include an LRT bridge over Excelsior and a regional trail underpass at Blake Road. In addition to LRT track construction there is also freight rail and regional trail work in the area. There are multiple LRT and freight railroad crossings at roadways.

Ongoing:
  • The west sidewalk on Blake Road remains closed. Please use the sidewalk on the east side of Blake Road.
  • The northeast and southwest sidewalks at Excelsior Boulevard and Jackson Avenue/ Milwaukee Street are closed through the winter.
  • Expect minimal updates to construction activities until spring 2023.

This St. Louis Park map illustrates where construction crews are working. General activities are highlighted for your convenience. Please refer to text descriptions in this section for more details on major elements being constructed in specific areas.


Construction overview:

Like in Hopkins, the project includes the construction of LRT track, freight rail track, and the regional trail. There are also three stations in St. Louis Park: Louisiana Avenue, Wooddale Avenue and Beltline Boulevard. Structures in this area include LRT and freight rail bridges over Louisiana Avenue, a connection between freight lines, a pedestrian/trail underpass east of Louisiana Avenue, freight, LRT and trail bridges over Minnehaha Creek, a regional trail underpass at Wooddale Avenue, freight, LRT and trail bridges over Highway 100 and a regional trail bridge crossing over Beltline Boulevard.

Ongoing:

  • Winter construction activity in St. Louis Park will be intermittent.
  • The east sidewalk along Wooddale Avenue remains closed. Please use the sidewalk on the west side of Wooddale Avenue.

There are five Minneapolis maps with each illustrating where construction crews are working. General activities are highlighted for your convenience. Please refer to text descriptions in this section for more details on major elements being constructed in specific areas.


Chowen Avenue to Cedar Lake Parkway  

Construction overview:

In addition to the West Lake Street Station, crews will be reconstructing the Chowen/Abbott roadway connection. The LRT tunnel is being constructed in this area, running between the West Lake Street Station and the Cedar Lake Channel. To complete work in this area there is also freight rail infrastructure and trail facilities.

Upcoming:

  • The intersection of Dean Court and West 28th Street will be closed for about two months starting in late January to perform underground sewer utility work. Residents of the Cedar Isles Condominiums development will receive more detailed information about the timing of this closure once details are available.
Ongoing:
  • Pumps and generators will run overnight periodically in various parts of the construction corridor, especially at the Kenilworth LRT tunnel site. Pumps are used to manage water, and generators are used to power the pumps as well as to power equipment that keeps pipes or other elements warm during freezing temperatures.
  • Secant wall work is ongoing north of the West Lake Street Bridge.
  • Cedar Lake Parkway is closed until spring 2023 to advance LRT tunnel construction. Pedestrian and bicycle access is maintained to the south via Depot Street and West 28th Street.


Cedar Lake Parkway to Burnham Road

Construction overview:

The LRT tunnel continues in this segment. Other elements include the construction of retaining walls (complete), and freight, LRT, and trail bridges over the Cedar Lake Channel.

Ongoing:
  • The Cedar Lake Channel is closed to recreational use until spring 2023. The Kenilworth Lagoon is accessible from Lake of the Isles. This closure is necessary to remove and reconstruct historic retaining walls in the channel that were originally built under the Works Progress Administration.


Burnham Road to Bryn Mawr Station

Construction overview:

In addition to the LRT, freight rail and trail construction, this area has two stations: West 21st Street and Bryn Mawr. The Bryn Mawr Station includes a pedestrian bridge that will extend over the freight tracks from the bluffs to the station platform.

Ongoing:

  • Pile-driving activities continue at Bryn Mawr Station through winter to construct retaining walls. Lane closures are in place on Wayzata Boulevard at the intersection of Penn Avenue.
  • Construction at and around Bryn Mawr Station continues for work on the pedestrian bridge and station platform.


Bryn Mawr Station to Bassett Creek Valley Station Area

Construction overview:

There are two stations serving residents in this area; Bryn Mawr Station and the Bassett Creek Valley Station. In addition, area construction includes LRT track, trails, and the corridor protection wall.


Glenwood Avenue to Target Field Station


Construction overview:

LRT will cross a new Glenwood Avenue bridge at the roadway grade. To make that happen three bridges need to be constructed, freight rail shifted, and extensive retaining walls built. This area will see the development of the Royalston Avenue/Farmer’s Market Station, an LRT bridge crossing over North 5th Avenue and North 7th Street and LRT connecting to the Target Field Station. The Holden/Royalston/Border roadway loop will also be reconstructed with improvements.

Upcoming:

  • Royalston Avenue between 5th Avenue and Border Avenue has reopened to roadway traffic in a northbound-only condition.

Ongoing: 

  • Glenwood Avenue between Lyndale Avenue North and North 12th Street remains closed for construction of the LRT and two roadway bridges. See Minneapolis detour map.
  • Bridge work near North 7th Street and North 6th Avenue continues.

  • Various trails within the Opus area are closed as crews advance many project elements. The Opus trails are anticipated to reopen in 2023.
  • The Minnesota River Bluffs Trail between Shady Oak Road and 11th Avenue in Hopkins is anticipated to reopen in 2023.
  • The Minnesota River Bluffs Trails between 11th Avenue and Excelsior Boulevard has reopened for local use.
  • The South Cedar Lake LRT Trail between Excelsior Boulevard in Hopkins and Wooddale Avenue in St. Louis Park remains closed and is anticipated to reopen in 2024.
  • The segment of the South Cedar Lake LRT Trail between Wooddale Avenue and Beltline Boulevard has reopened for local use. The South Cedar Lake LRT Trail between Beltline Boulevard and France Avenue in St. Louis Park remains closed and is anticipated to reopen in 2024.
  • Temporary trails near Chowen Avenue and West Lake Street remain in place. For your safety and the safety of work crews, please follow signage for the temporary trail and stay clear of the work zone.
  • The Kenilworth Trail will remain closed until the completion of LRT tunnel construction in 2025.
  • The Luce Line Regional Trail bridge that crosses the BNSF rail corridor at Bryn Mawr Meadows Park is closed. A new bridge is being reconstructed to connect the new Bassett Creek Valley Station with the Park and is scheduled to reopen in 2025.
  • The North Cedar Lake Trail east of Van White Memorial Boulevard is anticipated to reopen in 2025.
Project staff share the community’s desire to see the trails reopen as soon as possible. The project office will continue to work with the contractor to improve on these opening dates.

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