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Update: June 2, 2023

Weekly construction photo

SouthWest Station bus facility ribbon-cutting

18 people cutting a white ribbon with a giant scissors.

On Wednesday, Metropolitan Council Chair Charlie Zelle helped cut the ribbon for SouthWest Transit’s new bus loop and waiting facility that was constructed as part of the Green Line Extension LRT Project. When the Green Line Extension opens, this newly reconfigured facility will combine existing bus service with light rail, making this station a key hub for travelers to and from downtown Minneapolis.

SouthWest Station is currently being constructed in phases. The current phase involves pile-driving to construct a passenger drop-off facility, retaining walls and the parking garage entrance. Once complete, the station will have approximately 1,375 total parking spaces for transit riders.

Updates by city

This Eden Prairie 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.


SouthWest Station to City West 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. An LRT bridge will cross over I-494, parallel to Flying Cloud Drive. 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.

Upcoming:
  • The ramp from westbound I-494 to eastbound Highway 212 will close overnight on June 4-5 from 7:00 PM to 6:00 AM for shoulder work. Additionally, a lane closure on westbound I-494 under the Flying Cloud Drive bridge will be in place during the same window.
Ongoing:
  • The Highway 212 off-ramp to Prairie Center Drive is closed for roadway work until mid-July. Follow posted detour signage. See Eden Prairie Detour Map.
  • At SouthWest Station, pile driving is ongoing throughout the summer.
  • Expect impacts to westbound traffic and the north sidewalk on Technology Drive throughout the summer from work on the south side of the new SouthWest Station parking ramp.
  • West 70th Street is closed at the Golden Triangle Station area through May for road and sidewalk work.

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.

Upcoming:

  • Red Circle Drive is anticipated to close for approximately three weeks in June for roadway and guard rail work.
Ongoing:
  • Bren Road East is closed near Bren Road Station Apartments until mid-July to complete road construction. Follow posted detour signage. See Minnetonka detour maps.
  • The lane closure continues on Yellow Circle Drive near the Highway 62 light rail tunnel site through May for Systems work.
  • Expect lane shifts on northbound Feltl Road through July for the construction of a traction power substation (TPSS).
  • Crews continue to work on the Minnetonka-Hopkins light rail bridge.

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:
  • K-Tel Drive/5th Street is closed to through traffic for the 2023 construction season for road, utility, and rail work. Follow posted detour signage. See Hopkins Detour Maps.
  • Expect sidewalk impacts on the south side of Excelsior Boulevard through June between 5th Avenue South and 8th Avenue South. Follow posted detour signage.
  • The Minnesota River Bluffs Trail segment between 5th Avenue and 8th Avenue is closed until mid-July for systems work – see Regional Trails below for more details.
  • The west sidewalk on Blake Road remains closed. Use the sidewalk on the east side of Blake Road.
  • The northeast and southwest sidewalks at Excelsior Boulevard and Jackson Avenue/Milwaukee Street remain closed.

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.

Upcoming:

  • Wooddale Avenue in St. Louis Park, between 36th Street West and the Highway 7 Service Road, will be closed starting May 30 for approximately five weeks to construct the LRT crossings through the roadway. Once the roadway re-opens, there will be traffic impacts with lane closures for

Ongoing:

  • Railroad Avenue is closed into June to complete utility work.
  • Wooddale Avenue is closed between 36th Street West and the Highway 7 Service Road until early July to construct the LRT crossings through the roadway. Once Wooddale Avenue re-opens, there will be traffic impacts with lane closures forfollow-on construction. See St. Louis Park detour maps.
  • Related to the above closure of Wooddale Avenue, a temporary pedestrian detour is in place over to Louisiana Avenue while the adjacent west sidewalk is closed to complete duct bank work. The west sidewalk is anticipated to reopen by late next week in a temporary condition. The east sidewalk on Wooddale Avenue remains closed.
  • Expect minor traffic impacts on Beltline Boulevard through the summer to complete sidewalk work and road striping.

There are two 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.


West Lake Street to West 21st Street

 

Upcoming:
  • Cedar Lake Parkway will be closed between the tunnel construction area and Xerxes Avenue South starting June 12 for approximately one week for utility construction. Access to Xerxes Avenue South and the alley east of Xerxes Avenue South will be preserved via West 28th Street.
  • There will be a full closure of the Penn Avenue/South Wayzata Boulevard intersection starting late June. This closure is expected to last about two months. A community meeting was held earlier this year to discuss this work. View the meeting and presentation on the Meetings and Events page of the GLE Project website. More details will be shared in future updates as the start of this work approaches.
  • The Cedar Lake Trail between Royalston Avenue and West River Parkway is anticipated to be closed in late June to complete retaining wall work. More details will be shared in future updates as the start of this work approaches.

Ongoing:

  • LRT tunnel construction on the “west heading” (towards West Lake Street) continues near the Cedar Isles Condos and Cedar Lake Shores Townhomes with the installation of struts and walers as well as initial excavation activities. As part of this work, concrete sawing and strut/waler installation may cause noticeable noise and some occasional vibration to nearby residents.
  • Sanitary sewer force main work continues at Depot Street and at West 28th Street. This work involves the removal of concrete and pavement, the use of vacuum trucks, excavation, soil hauling, and installing the force main in its final location. The work also involves the installation of support-of-excavation systems that cause noticeable vibration to nearby residents. Temporary traffic impacts may be experienced at the intersection of St. Paul Avenue and Depot Street. The intersection of Dean Court and West 28th Street is expected to reopen in mid-late June, once the force main work is substantially complete.
  • 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.
  • Cedar Lake Parkway is closed to advance LRT tunnel construction. Due to an abnormally harsh winter, a wetter than average spring, and poor soil conditions at the construction site, the reopening of the Parkway has been delayed until later this summer. The temporary bridge over the tunnel construction for pedestrians and bicyclists will remain in place for the duration of the closure. We are working with our contractor on a new opening date for the Parkway and will communicate this information when available. The delay will not impact the overall timeline of the Green Line Extension.
  • The Cedar Lake Channel is closed to recreational use until September 2023 to finish WPA wall-related construction as well as construction of the trail bridge that spans the channel. This will allow work in the channel to be completed this year, thus avoiding a full long-term closure next winter that was originally planned. There will, however, be a need for brief closures in 2024, but we anticipate minimal impacts to recreational use. The Kenilworth Lagoon is accessible from Lake of the Isles.
  • Water management activities continue at the Cedar Lake Channel including water pumping operations to facilitate flow from Cedar Lake to Lake of the Isles. Pumping may occur overnight and throughout the weekend.

Bryn Mawr Station to Glenwood Ave

 

Upcoming:

  • Expect a full closure of North 6th Avenue east of North 7th Street in late May/early June for bridge work.

Ongoing:

  • West 21st Street between Upton and Thomas Avenues South is closed to non-residential vehicle traffic through the 2023 construction season for utility, LRT track and roadway construction. Local access for residents on Upton Avenue South will be maintained through a temporary bypass road. In addition, access from West 22nd Street to West 21st Street will be impacted for the next six months as work progresses in the area. Periodic updates will be provided as to the status of traffic access in this area.
  • At the Bryn Mawr Station area, lane closures are in place on South Wayzata Boulevard at the intersection of Penn Avenue South. There will be a full closure of the Penn/Wayzata intersection starting late June.
  • Construction in the Bryn Mawr Station area continues for work on the pedestrian bridge and station.
  • Glenwood Avenue between Lyndale Avenue North and North 12th Street remains closed for construction of the LRT bridge and two roadway bridges. See Minneapolis detour map.
  • Expect traffic impacts on Glenwood Avenue between Aldrich Avenue and I-94 throughout the summer for road and sidewalk work performed by Hennepin County. See Glenwood Avenue improvements from Hennepin County.
  • Royalston Avenue north of Holden Street is closed to through traffic until mid-July for roadway work. Local access is maintained to businesses in the area via North 5th Avenue and North 7th Street.

 
  • Various trails within the Opus area are closed as crews advance many project elements. The Opus trails are anticipated to reopen this summer 2023.
  • The Minnesota River Bluffs Trail between Shady Oak Road and 11th Avenue in Hopkins is anticipated to reopen late 2023.
  • The Minnesota River Bluffs Trail segment between 5th Avenue and 8th Avenue is closed until mid-July for Systems work. See Hopkins detour maps.
  • The segment of the South Cedar Lake LRT Trail between Excelsior Boulevard in Hopkins and Blake Road remains closed and is anticipated to reopen in 2024.
  • The segment of the South Cedar Lake LRT Trail between Blake Road and just west of Louisiana Avenue is anticipated to reopen in June.
  • The segment of the South Cedar Lake LRT Trail between just west of Louisiana Avenue 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 is open 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.
  • South Cedar Lake LRT Trail users between France Avenue and the Midtown Greenway may experience brief delays to accommodate adjacent construction. The trail will remain open and trail users will see flaggers through the area.
  • The Kenilworth Trail from West 21st Street to the Bryn Mawr Station area is closed for the duration of the construction season. Signage has been posted for the detour utilizing Kenwood Parkway. See Minneapolis detour maps.
  • 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