Construction

Construction workers pour cement at an LRT station

Construction hotline

For urgent Southwest LRT construction issues, please call the 24-hour hotline at 612-373-3933 for assistance.  Call the hotline for problems such as blocked access to business or residential areas, improper traffic sign placement or parking issues. For general questions or comments about Southwest LRT, contact your Community Outreach Coordinator.

For emergencies, always call 911.

2020 construction schedule by corridor city

These schedules highlight major construction activities and provide a general timeline when these activities are planned to occur. The schedules will be updated quarterly to reflect a year look ahead; please note, they are subject to change.

 

Construction activity updates

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Southwest LRT Construction Update: January 17, 2020


SouthWest Temporary Bus Station to Open Monday, January 20
SouthWest Transit bus riders can expect to meet their bus at the new temporary facility on Monday. SouthWest buses will drop-off and pick-up from this new location (See all detour maps here). The old bus loop will then become part of the construction site. Vehicles will be able to access the park and ride as normal and then pedestrians will be following a walkway to the new location. Staff ambassadors will be on site to help with directions and questions. Follow this link for a short video on the temporary changes.
 

Weekly Construction Photo: Golden Triangle Station in Eden Prairie

It is starting to look like a station. With most of the structural steel in place, the shape of the roof canopy and lantern features are clearly visible. (Looking south towards the Golden Triangle Station)


 

Rendering of the future Golden Triangle Station (looking north).

Highlights

  • Work on Highway 100 begins the week of January 20, as crews work to construct the west freight rail bridge abutment.
  • Mark your calendars for the Southwest LRT Construction Training Fair on January 22, 2020, from 3:00 to 6:00 PM at the Minneapolis Urban League. See details in the Construction Training Fair flyer (PDF).
On-going Activities Update

SouthWest Station Area in Eden Prairie
Pier work for the new LRT bridge that wraps around the SouthWest Station park-and ride structure will continue into Spring 2020. Sidewalks along Prairie Center and Technology Drive remain closed, please follow local signage to ensure your safety. The right-turn lane on the eastbound Highway 212 ramp to Prairie Center Drive remains closed until Spring 2020, to accommodate the completion of retaining wall work. The retaining wall is nearly complete, crews will need warmer weather to property backfill.
 
Purgatory Creek Park/ Prairie Center Drive in Eden Prairie
On the west side of Prairie Center Drive, near Purgatory Creek Park, bridge pier work will begin as early as the week of January 27. As work progresses, sidewalk detours will be needed, and later there will be impacts to roadways. More details to follow as work ramps up.
 
Eden Road Area in Eden Prairie
Retaining wall work has concluded for the winter; backfilling will resume in the spring.
 
LRT Bridge at I-494/Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie
Piling driving activities for the north abutment started earlier this week. Work on the south abutment will begin in late January. Overall, these activities will continue for the next few months. Traffic control barriers continue to be in place. The I-494 eastbound ramp to Highway 212 remains closed until Spring 2020. See all detour maps here.
 
Valley View Road/Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie
The lane restriction on the ramp from Valley View Road to Highway 212 continues. Traffic is being diverted onto the HOV lane and will remain in this configuration through the winter. Crews are constructing multiple piers for the new LRT bridge. The piers are at different stages of completion, with crews working on pile supports and formwork.
 
Nine Mile Creek in Eden Prairie
Pile driving for the LRT bridge structure and abutments at Nine Mile Creek will continue through the winter. The sidewalk on the west side of Flying Cloud Drive is closed; pedestrians should use the east side.
 
Golden Triangle Station in Eden Prairie
Daytime work continues in the area as crews focus on structural elements for the Golden Triangle Station roof canopy. Crews are continuing welding and concrete work for area retaining walls. Work has progressed to a point where we can shift more construction activities to daytime. Additional night work may be scheduled in the future as work between the Golden Triangle Station and the bridge over Shady Oak Road and Highway 212 continues. Pile driving will continue into Summer 2020.
 
Shady Oak Road & Highway 212 in Eden Prairie
Work will begin in this area as early as the beginning of February. More details on roadway impacts to follow in the coming weeks.
 
Highway 62 in Minnetonka  
The traffic lanes have been shifted to the south side of the highway to accommodate tunnel construction on the north side of the highway. This traffic configuration will be in place through 2020. Crews continue excavation for the LRT tunnel.  Pile driving to support excavation of the LRT tunnel has also begun.
 
Red Circle Drive and Yellow Circle Drive in Minnetonka
Yellow and Red Circle Drives have been reconfigured. Yellow Circle Drive is temporarily dead ended with a cul-de-sac where it connects to Red Circle Drive, and Yellow Circle has become a two-way roadway in the area south of Blue Circle Drive. A temporary by-pass road has also been completed on Red Circle Drive. This roadway configuration will allow for ongoing tunnel construction on Highway 62 and will be in place until Fall 2020. See all detour maps here.
 
Opus Station Area in Minnetonka
Soil correction efforts are underway. Retaining wall and utility work is anticipated in the area late January.
 
Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins
Smetana Road from Feltl Road to Nolan Drive is closed through 2020. A temporary bypass is in place west of the intersection of Smetana and Feltl roads to accommodate traffic in this area. See all detour maps here.
 
Feltl Court/Nolan Drive Area in Hopkins
It is anticipated that in late-January preparation work including tree clearing and ground cover removal for the Minnetonka-Hopkins Bridge will begin. Crews are waiting for cold weather to freeze the ground, making it easier to work in the area. Bridge work will be ongoing into 2021.
 
Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail in Hopkins
The Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail in Hopkins is closed between Shady Oak Road and 5th Avenue South. See all detour maps here.
  • The section between Shady Oak Road and 11th Avenue South is closed due to storm sewer construction activities. This portion of the trail is closed until Summer 2020.  
  • The section between 11th Avenue South and 5th Avenue South is closed until Fall 2021.

Downtown Hopkins Station
Foundation work for the station is complete.  Work on the station structure will start this month.
 
Excelsior Boulevard Area in Hopkins
Crews continue to work on the LRT bridge piers and underground utilities in the area. In mid-January crews will focus on pile driving for the east bridge abutment.
 
South Cedar Lake LRT Trail
The South Cedar Lake Trail from just east of the North Cedar Lake Trail connection in Hopkins to France Avenue in St. Louis Park is closed until Fall 2021. The South Cedar Lake Trail will remain open between France Avenue in St. Louis Park and Kenilworth Trail/Midtown Greenway intersection in Minneapolis. The Midtown Greenway will remain open. Currently, cross streets remain open to automobiles, bikes and pedestrians, with separate closures of roadways upcoming at various dates. See all detour maps here.
 
Blake Road in Hopkins
Crews are constructing a cut and cover tunnel for the regional trail under Blake Road. Southbound traffic will continue to be diverted to the east side of the road, with one lane in each direction, through the winter. Next spring, crews will move to the east side of the roadway and traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction.
 
Minnehaha Creek in St. Louis Park
Work on the new freight and trail bridge abutments continues in this area. The west abutments are almost complete.
 
Louisiana Avenue in St. Louis Park
Later this winter crews will begin work to place bridge beams. East of Louisiana Avenue, crews continue to build the trail underpass which will allow access under the freight rail line to the station area. No work is anticipated in the area during the week on January 20.
 
Wooddale Avenue in St. Louis Park
Utility work started in the area to make way for upcoming work on the regional trail underpass and Wooddale Station. There will be minor impacts to roadways in the surrounding area. Retaining wall work will begin in the area the week of January 20. Impacts to the roadway are anticipated as early as February, more details to follow in the coming weeks.
 
Highway 100 in St. Louis Park
The project will be re-positioning the existing freight rail bridge and will build a new LRT bridge over Highway 100 in the spring/summer of 2020. Work on west bridge abutment resumes the week of January 20.  
 
Beltline Boulevard in St. Louis Park
Work on the new South Cedar Lake Trail Bridge continues. Crews are constructing beams, rebar and “falsework” (items only needed to complete construction that are later removed) for the bridge.
 
Kenilworth Trail Closure
The Kenilworth Trail is closed in Minneapolis at the intersection with the Midtown Greenway to just south of West 21st Street until Summer 2022. Access for automobiles, bikes and pedestrians remains open at Cedar Lake Parkway and at West 21st Street. See all detour maps here.

Chowen Avenue to Lake Street in Minneapolis
Storm sewer and watermain work will occur during the winter months. Work is anticipated in this area in February.  
 
Kenilworth Area Construction in Minneapolis
Sheet piling for the Kenilworth tunnel continues, moving north from Park Siding Park. Sheeting will stop short of Cedar Lake Parkway and the press-in-piler will return south, working towards Lake Street. A second press-in-piler arrived in the corridor a couple of weeks ago. The second piler is currently moving in the same direction, on the west side (opposite side) of the LRT tunnel. Sheeting installation is expected to last until Summer 2020.
 
Tunnel excavation is anticipated to begin Spring 2020. For more information about tunnel construction, see the tunnel FAQ information under the construction tab of our webpage: swlrt.org. A short video of the press-in-piler construction technique is also available.
 
In preparation for future tunnel work, crews will be working on removing utility conflicts around 28th Street.  Limited tree and shrub removal will begin at the end of January, with fencing following. In February the installation of new pipes and removals will begin. Construction crews refer to this process as “pipe jacking,” which means a prefabricated pipe is installed through the ground.
 
Burnham Road in Minneapolis
The Burnham Road bridge has been returned to a one-way road. The two-way detour will be reinstated when Cedar Lake Parkway is closed for tunnel construction in spring/summer 2020.
 
Cedar Lake (Kenilworth) Channel and Works Progress Administration (WPA) in Minneapolis
Crews are currently placing  concrete for the last of the freight bridge piers and working on the south abutment.
 
21st Street in Minneapolis
Retaining wall activities are being completed in the area. Intermittent work will continue.
 
North Cedar Lake Trail in Minneapolis
The North Cedar Lake trail in Minneapolis from Linden Yards located west of Van White Boulevard to east of Royalston Avenue is closed for approximately two years until mid-2021. See all detour maps here.
 
Crews constructed a temporary trail bypass in the area where the North Cedar Lake Trail connects to the Kenilworth Trail. New signage is in place to direct trail users onto this newly constructed segment. This work is in preparation for station construction in Spring 2020.  
 
Please note, construction vehicles cross the trail as they enter and exit staging areas. Construction vehicles yield to trail users but please be aware that you may encounter construction traffic in this area. Anticipate flaggers in this area as earthwork activities begin in the Bryn Mawr Station area in the next few months.
 
Glenwood Avenue in Minneapolis
Glenwood Avenue between Lyndale Avenue North and 11th Street North is closed until mid‑2021. Local access to businesses  is maintained. Generally, vehicle detours will use Lyndale Avenue, Olson Memorial Highway and 7th/10th Streets. The pedestrian detour continues to utilize Border Avenue, Holden Street and Royalston Avenue sidewalks. Utility work, retaining wall installation and freight track preparation continues. See all detour maps here.
 
Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis
Work on the LRT bridge piers on the east side of Royalston Avenue is ongoing and will continue through the winter. Expect pile driving activities in this area. Northbound Royalston Avenue is reduced to one lane and southbound Royalston Avenue is closed between Border Avenue and 5th Avenue until Summer 2021. See all detour maps here.

Previous updates

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