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

The Met Council provides information on construction activities every Friday throughout construction. Subscribe to receive construction activity updates by email or text.

Southwest LRT Construction Update: December 13, 2019


2020 Construction Schedule Preview

Next year will be a busy year for the project with active construction along the entire alignment. An overview of 2020 construction milestones is available above. These schedules, available for each corridor community, highlight major construction activities and provide a general timeline for when activities are planned to occur. These schedules will be updated quarterly to reflect a year look ahead; please note, they are subject to change. The weekly updates will continue to have the most current information to guide you through construction.
 

Weekly Construction Photo: Blake Road Regional Trail Underpass in Hopkins

Excavating and grading work for the South Cedar Lake Trail underpass continues at Blake Road in Hopkins. When complete, the new underpass will enable trail users to cross under Blake Road instead of interacting with vehicle traffic, improving pedestrian and bike safety in the area.

Highlights

  • Paving for the temporary bus loop as SouthWest Station in Eden Prairie is being completed today. This is one of last areas where asphalt paving will be placed prior to the winter season.
  • Roadway reconfiguration of Yellow and Red Circle Drives in Minnetonka are complete and traffic detours are in place.
  • The eastside of Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis has been closed to traffic for LRT bridge pier work.
On-going Activities Update

SouthWest Station Area in Eden Prairie
Pile driving will continue into 2020 as crews focus on different elements of the station site and the LRT bridge. Retaining wall work for the LRT guideway is also continuing in the area. Crews are constructing a temporary passenger waiting area for bus riders that will be completed in January. Final paving for the bus loop to the temporary shelter will occur today. The west drive entrance will reopen when paving work is complete. Transit riders will shift to the temporary facility once it is complete in mid-January.
 
The right turn lane on the eastbound Highway 212 ramp to Prairie Center Drive remains closed until Summer 2020.
 
Crews are working near the intersection of Technology Drive and Prairie Center Drive to build bridge piers. The sidewalk is closed on the northwest corner of Technology Drive and Prairie Center Drive; please follow detour signage to the southwest sidewalk next to Purgatory Park. Crews will be moving around in this area as they shift to build various bridge piers. In mid-January, work on the piers for the LRT bridge over Technology Drive will begin.
 
Eden Road Area in Eden Prairie
Retaining wall work is concluding for the winter; backfilling will resume in the spring.
 
LRT Bridge at I-494/Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie
Crews will resume work on the north abutment the week of December 16. Expect pile driving activities in the area over 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 remains. 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 various piers are at different stages of completion, with crews working on pile supports and formwork.
 
Nine Mile Creek
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 will be able to use the east side.
 
Golden Triangle Station in Eden Prairie
Night work will continue for a couple of months in the area to install piles and sheeting. Additional night work may be scheduled in the future as work between the Golden Triangle Station to a bridge over Shady Oak Road and Highway 212 is completed. Related activities will occur during the daytime in the surrounding area as crews work on bridges, retaining walls, and relocating utilities simultaneously.
 
Highway 62 in Minnetonka  
Westbound traffic has 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, with sheeting starting next week.
 
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. See all detour maps here.
 
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.
 
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 11th Avenue South and Shady Oak Road is closed due to storm sewer construction activities. This portion of the trail is closed until summer 2020.  
  • The section between 8th 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 in January.
 
Excelsior Boulevard Area in Hopkins
Crews continue to work on bridge piers and underground utilities in the area.
 
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
Sheet piling and excavation for the new freight and trail bridge abutments continues in this area. Flaggers are monitoring recreational water use during times that construction activities make it unsafe to travel through the creek.
 
Louisiana Avenue in St. Louis Park
Vehicle traffic will continue to use one southbound lane and both northbound lanes. Bridge abutment and retaining wall construction continues.
 
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 bridge abutments will resume the week of December 16.    
 
Beltline Boulevard in St. Louis Park
Work on the new South Cedar Lake Trail Bridge continues. Crews are working on bridge piers and beams. Crews are also working on retaining walls in the area, which includes pile driving.
 
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 January and is not expected to impact the trail.  
 
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. Sheeting installation is expected to last until summer 2020. Tunnel excavation is currently 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.
 
Concrete work for the retaining walls south and north of the channel continues.
 
Cedar Lake (Kenilworth) Channel and Works Progress Administration (WPA) in Minneapolis
Crews will set the beams for the freight rail bridge during the week of December 16. The work was pushed from the previous dates due to the cold weather. Weather permitting, crews will focus efforts to complete the beams between two of the piers on December 17 and 18. Expect intermittent closures of the Channel for about 20 minutes at a time.  
 
21st Street in Minneapolis
Retaining wall activities are being completed in the area.
 
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.
 
If weather allows crews will install a temporary trail bypass in the area where the North Cedar Lake Trail connects to the Kenilworth Trail. This work is in preparation for station construction in spring 2020.  Flaggers will be in the area to direct pedestrians and cyclists through the construction area.
 
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.
 
Glenwood Avenue in Minneapolis
Glenwood Avenue between Lyndale Avenue North and 11th Street North is closed until mid‑2021. Local access to businesses will be 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 gearing up for ongoing winter activity.  Northbound Royalston Avenue is reduced to one lane and southbound Royalston Avenue is closed between Border Avenue and 5th Avenue.  See all detour maps here.

See roadway and trail detour maps

Previous updates

SWLRT Civil Construction Update - December 13, 2019 3.6 MB

SWLRT Civil Construction Update - December 6, 2019 3.6 MB

SWLRT Civil Construction Update - November 22, 2019 1.3 MB

SWLRT Civil Construction Update - November 15, 2019 1.8 MB

SWLRT Civil Construction Update - November 8, 2019 6.4 MB

SWLRT Civil Construction Update - November 1, 2019 5 MB

SWLRT Civil Construction Update - October 25, 2019 3.8 MB

SWLRT Civil Construction Update - October 18, 2019 4.5 MB

SWLRT Civil Construction Update - October 11, 2019 6 MB

SWLRT Civil Construction Update - October 4, 2019 1.8 MB

SWLRT Civil Construction Update - September 27, 2019 4.6 MB

SWLRT Civil Construction Update - September 20, 2019 5.4 MB

SWLRT Civil Construction Update - September 13, 2019 3 MB

SWLRT Civil Construction Update - September 6, 2019 6.5 MB

SWLRT Civil Construction Update - August 30, 2019 7.4 MB

SWLRT Civil Construction Update - August 23, 2019 2.5 MB

SWLRT Civil Construction Update - August 16, 2019 6.2 MB

SWLRT Civil Construction Update - August 9, 2019 2.4 MB

SWLRT Civil Construction Update - August 2, 2019 4.4 MB

SWLRT Civil Construction Update - July 26, 2019 3.1 MB

SWLRT Civil Construction Update - July 19, 2019 3.9 MB

SWLRT Civil Construction Update - July 12, 2019 4.7 MB

SWLRT Civil Construction Update - July 5, 2019 4.1 MB

SWLRT Civil Construction Update - June 28, 2019 3.4 MB

SLWRT Civil Construction Update - June 21, 2019 3.1 MB

SWLRT Civil Construction Update - June 14, 2019 4.1 MB

SWLRT Civil Construction Update - June 7, 2019 1.8 MB

SWLRT Civil Construction Update - May 31, 2019 1.3 MB

SWLRT Civil Construction Update - May 24, 2019 1.2 MB

SWLRT Civil Construction Update - May 17, 2019 971 kB

SWLRT Civil Construction Update - May 10, 2019 590 kB

SWLRT Civil Construction Update - May 3, 2019 234 kB

SWLRT Civil Construction Update - April 26, 2019 334 kB

SWLRT Civil Construction Update - April 22, 2019 100 kB