Construction workers pour cement at an LRT station
Last updated on May 17, 2019.

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, please contact your Community Outreach Coordinator here.
For emergencies, always call 911.

Construction Activity Updates

The Metropolitan Council will provide information on construction activities every Friday throughout construction. Subscribe to receive construction activity updates by email or text in the signup box in the right column.

Weekly updates

Construction Update: May 17, 2019

Corridor-wide Activities: Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Hopkins, St. Louis Park, Minneapolis
In May, expect to see the following activities start throughout the alignment as crews prepare for construction:
  • Surveying and staking
  • Erosion control
  • Utility locates and potholing to pinpoint the exact location of underground utilities
  • Utility relocation and/or removal by private utility companies (electric, gas, communication)
  • New utility installation such as sewer and water lines
  • Retaining wall construction
  • Earthwork
  • Construction equipment and material delivery
  • Trees, vegetation, roots shrubs and stump removal
  • Fence installation around work areas
Conditions are changing along the corridor and we want you to be safe.  Construction areas and work zones are considered restricted property and trespassing laws/fines will be enforced. Please observe signage around construction areas and note conditions may change. Safety is our number one priority during construction. Stay alert. Stay safe.
Southwest LRT Construction Activities and Freight Trains
Please note, 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.
Cedar Lake and Kenilworth Trail Closures:  Monday, May 13
The Cedar Lake Trail and Kenilworth Trail closed on Monday, May 13 (see detour maps below) and will be closed for two to three years.   Detour signage notify trail users of alternative routes which have been designed in coordination with members of the biking community and project partners. Details:
  • Cedar Lake Trail: Closed through Hopkins and St. Louis Park until Fall 2021
    • The portion of the Cedar Lake Trail that is closing starts just east of the North Cedar Lake Trail connection in Hopkins to France Ave in St. Louis Park.
    • At this time, automobiles, bikes and pedestrians will continue to cross at Jackson St, Blake Road, Louisiana Ave, Wooddale Ave, TH-100 and Beltline Blvd.
    • Cedar Lake Trail will remain open between France Ave in St. Louis Park and Kenilworth Trail/Midtown Greenway intersection in Minneapolis. The Midtown Greenway will remain open.
  • Kenilworth Trail: Closed in Minneapolis until Summer 2022
    • The portion of the Kenilworth Trail that is closing starts at the intersection with the Midtown Greenway and extends northeast to just south of W 21st St.
    • At this time, automobiles, bikes and pedestrians will continue to cross at Cedar Lake Parkway and at W 21st St.
    • Kenilworth Trail access will remain open between W 21st St and the North Cedar Lake Trail, even though construction activities may commence in this area and trail access will be modified. The Midtown Greenway will remain open.
The civil contractor will be doing the following construction activities that do not result in significant vibration generation:
  • Field surveys
  • Installation of construction site fencing and erosion control work
  • Utility relocations
  • Clearing and grubbing, including tree removal
Works Progress Administration (WPA) Wall Located at the Cedar Lake (Kenilworth) Channel
Salvage work is scheduled to begin as early as late May.  This work includes manual and mechanical excavation in sections. This work may take up to 4 months depending on the condition of the wall and preservation protocols.  The channel will remain open for recreational use but will be narrowed to approximately 25 feet during this work. A full closure of the channel is expected later this summer; a 14-day advanced notification will be provided prior to closure.
Upcoming Roadway Closures: Advanced detour signage will go up approximately seven days prior to closure. As more information is available, we will include in weekly updates.
Community Roadway As Early As Duration
Eden Prairie PARTIAL CLOSURE of east-bound ramp (down to one lane) from Valley View Rd to TH 212 Mid-June Approx. 3 – 4 weeks
Hopkins FULL CLOSURE of Excelsior Blvd at the intersection of Jackson Ave N and Milwaukee St Late May Two, 2-week closures
(approx. 28 days total)
Hopkins FULL CLOSURE of Blake Rd at the Cedar Lake Trail and freight rail crossing June Approx. up to 2 weeks
St. Louis Park FULL CLOSURE of Louisiana Ave at the Cedar Lake Trail Early June Approx. a 2-day closure
Minneapolis PARTIAL CLOSURE of Burnham Rd from Cedar Lake Pkwy to Park Ln (approx. 800 ft) Late May Approx. 30 days
Glenwood Avenue in Minneapolis: Closing as early as June 3
Full road closure between Lyndale Ave N and 11th St N is scheduled to close as early as June 3 for approximately two years; local access to businesses will be maintained. Generally, vehicle detours will use Lyndale Ave, Olson Memorial Highway and 7th/10th Streets.  Pedestrian detour will utilize Border Ave., Holden St. and Royalston Ave. sidewalks. Advanced detour signage will go up approximately seven days prior to the roadway closure.
Cedar Lake Trail Minneapolis: Closing as early as June 3
The Cedar Lake Trail in Minneapolis from Linden Yards located west of Van White Blvd. to east of Royalston Ave. will close as early as June 3 and be closed for approximately two years. Detour signage will notify trail users of alternative routes which have been designed in coordination with members of the biking community and project partners.


See Roadway and Trail Detour Maps Here


Construction Damage Claims

See information on filing a claim due to damage cause by Southwest LRT construction.

Freight Rail Corridor Protection

A proposed freight rail corridor protection barrier is under environmental review. For information on the proposed freight rail corridor protection barrier and the Bassett Creek Valley Working Group, see the Freight Rail Corridor Protection page.

Construction Contract Procurement

Primary contract packages will be issued for bids in 2017. The prime contractors selected by the Metropolitan Council will subcontract for a wide variety of construction services and materials. Women- and minority-owned businesses are encouraged to participate in the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program to take advantage of contracting opportunities. Learn more about construction contract procurement.

Construction Contracting Events

Information on contractor open houses, hiring events, and pre-bid conferences.

Design Plans

View and download current design plans.

Outreach Events

    Friday, April 26, 1–5 pm
    Trail pop-up at the nexus of Kenilworth Trail and Midtown Greenway

    Saturday, May 11, 9 am–noon
    Trail pop-up along the Kenilworth Trail

    Thursday, May 16, 6–9 am
    Pop-up on the Cedar Lake Trail at Hopkins Depot

    Friday, May 17, 6–9 am
    Pop-up on the Cedar Lake Trail at Beltline Blvd.