Weekly Construction Update

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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.

Construction Activity Updates

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Southwest LRT Construction Update: September 17, 2021

Upcoming Closures of Note

  • Luce Line Trail Bridge at Bryn Mawr Meadows Park: The bridge will close on Monday, September 20. The trail bridge will be demolished and reconstructed to tie into the future Bassett Creek Valley LRT Station. Trail users will cross the rail corridor to the west adjacent to I-394. It is anticipated that the construction of the new bridge will take approximately one year to complete. See Minneapolis detour maps here.
  • Cedar Lake Parkway at the Kenilworth Trail: A full closure to vehicle traffic is planned on Monday, September 27. Pedestrian and bicycle access will be preserved for the duration of this closure. This short-term closure allows crews to prepare the parkway for eventual tunnel excavation and construction. Crews will work on metal sheets under the parkway and perform grouting work to seal gaps between sheeting. Expect noise and vibration. A long-term closure of Cedar Lake Parkway is expected to take place in spring 2022. See Minneapolis detour maps here.
  • Highway 62: A full closure of the westbound lanes between Highway 212 and Shady Oak Road in Eden Prairie is anticipated from Friday, September 24 in the evening through Monday morning, September 27. We anticipate additional westbound lane closures of Highway 62 through October. More details to follow.

Construction Walking Tours
Southwest LRT construction walking tours are back! You can learn more and reserve a spot for an October walking tour in each of the corridor cities here. Registration is required for the walking tours due to limited space on construction sites. We will provide hardhats and other personal protective wear. Please note, these tours are weather dependent and may be cancelled.

Weekly Construction Photo: Highway 62 LRT Tunnel Progress in Eden Prairie

Working over the weekend during evening and early morning hours, crews restored Highway 62 over the newly constructed LRT tunnel near the Eden Prairie and Minnetonka boarder.

Eden Prairie

There are two Eden Prairie maps with each illustrating where construction crews are working today and approximately through June. 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.
 
Current activities to expect in this area:
  • Construction of the new SouthWest Station parking ramp and waiting area continues to advance, with the main structure mostly in place.
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.
 
Current activities to expect in this area:
  • The I-494 off-ramp to Flying Cloud Drive is closed for the 2021 construction season. The eastbound I‑494 on-ramp from Flying Cloud Drive is open. Traffic traveling westbound on Flying Cloud Drive should follow the posted detours to access eastbound I-494. See Eden Prairie detour information.
  • Flying Cloud Drive is reduced to one lane in both directions between Town Center Place to Valley View Road. Left turns in and out of Technology Drive at the Flying Cloud Drive intersection are not allowed until later this year. 
  • West 70th Street is closed until the end of September to install LRT tracks and other infrastructure. Through traffic between Flying Cloud Drive and Shady Oak Road is detoured. Business access is available. See Eden Prairie detour information.
  • The westbound Highway 212 off-ramp to Shady Oak Road will remain closed through the end of the construction season.
  • Continue to expect eastbound and westbound lane closures on Highway 62 between Highway 212 and Shady Oak Road.

Minnetonka

This Minnetonka map illustrates where construction crews are working today and approximately through April. 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. 
 
Current activities to expect in this area:
  • The westbound lane on Green Circle Drive near the intersection with Bren Road West is closed through the 2021 construction season to complete work in the LRT corridor.
  • A segment of Bren Road East is being reconstructed near the LRT corridor. Traffic on Red Circle Drive and Bren Road East temporarily connects with Yellow Circle Drive. Yellow Circle Drive is configured as a two-way road during this phase of construction to accommodate through traffic and local businesses. See Minnetonka detour maps here.
  • The City of Minnetonka has closed Blue Circle Drive to reconstruct a bridge. This work is anticipated to continue through November. See Minnetonka detour maps here.
  • Smetana Road from Feltl Road to Nolan Drive remains closed until later this fall. A bypass is in place east of the intersection of Smetana and Feltl roads to accommodate local traffic. See Minnetonka detour maps here.
  • Crews continue to work on the Minnetonka-Hopkins LRT bridge. Expect noise from piling as bridge pier construction continues.

Hopkins

This Hopkins map illustrates where construction crews are working today and approximately through April. 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. 

Shady Oak Road Station to Blake Road Station
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.
 
Current activities to expect in this area:
  • Westbound Excelsior Boulevard is closed at Jackson Avenue. One eastbound lane is closed at the same location. From Milwaukee Street and Jackson Avenue, only right turns are allowed onto Excelsior, there are no north-south through movements. Traffic will remain detoured while crews advance the construction of the cantilevered LRT bridge over Excelsior Boulevard. See Hopkins detour maps. 
  • The construction of the regional trail underpass at Blake Road North is underway. Blake Road traffic has been reduced to one northbound lane between Excelsior Boulevard and 2nd Street N.E. while southbound Blake Road traffic is detoured at 2nd Street N.E. See Hopkins detour maps.

St. Louis Park

This St. Louis Park map illustrates where construction crews are working today and approximately through April. 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. 
 
Louisiana Avenue to Beltline Boulevard
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.
 
Current activities to expect in this area:
  • Crews are advancing construction of the LRT bridge over Minnehaha Creek; expect pile driving as work progresses.
  • Expect lane closures along Louisiana Avenue between West Lake Street and Oxford Street while crews advance bridge construction. Piling operations are expected.
  • Crews continue to advance the freight rail connection in the Louisiana Avenue area.

Minneapolis

There are five Minneapolis maps with each illustrating where construction crews are working today and approximately through April. 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.  
 
Current activities to expect in this area:
  • Tunnel construction continues. Expect noise from excavators, generators and pumps for water management, concrete application, and drilling. Activities include:
    • Crews have poured base concrete slabs in some of the initial cells and continue to advance the structure of the tunnel.
    • In the first tunnel cell, crews poured the floor and the lower portion of the walls. This work will continue cell by cell.
    • Work activities include power washing (using high powered water to remove debris), water management, and various concrete work. Expect concrete truck traffic to and from the site.
    • Grouting work continues to fill gaps between the sheets along the length of the tunnel. The grout is mixed on site. Expect heavy equipment.
    • Expect construction traffic along Sunset Boulevard, Depot Street, France Avenue and Cedar Lake Parkway. This route will primarily be used to deliver materials and equipment such as concrete and rebar for the construction of the Kenilworth LRT tunnel.
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.    
 
Current activities to expect in this area:
  • As early as September 27, 2021, Cedar Lake Parkway at the Kenilworth Trail will close to vehicle traffic for two weeks. Pedestrian and bicycle access will be preserved for the duration of this closure. Crews will work on metal sheets under the Parkway and perform grouting work to seal gaps between sheeting. Expect noise and vibration. See Minneapolis detour maps here.
  • The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has closed the Cedar Lake Channel for the fall season to conduct shoreline stabilization and naturalization work between Cedar Lake and the Burnham Road Bridge. During this closure, continue to expect LRT bridge construction over the Cedar Lake Channel this fall.
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.  
 
Current activities to expect in this area:
  • Construction at Bryn Mawr Station is continuing with excavation and pile installation to construct the pedestrian bridge. Retaining wall work on the bluff south of Wayzata Boulevard and Penn Avenue is expected to start by late September. Expect trail adjustments as this work gets underway.
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. 
 
Current activities to expect in this area:
  • The Luce Line Trail Bridge over Linden Yards and the BNSF railroad is expected to be demolished as early as mid-September. Trail users will cross the rail corridor to the west adjacent to Highway I-394. See Minneapolis detour maps here. It is anticipated that the construction of the new bridge will take approximately one year following demolition of the existing bridge.
  • Crews continue to build a corridor protection wall between Glenwood Avenue and I-394, including work on Saturdays.
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.
 
Current activities to expect in this area:
  • Construction activities to advance the Glenwood Avenue LRT bridge include high-vibration sheeting installation and pile-driving for most of the summer. Glenwood Avenue between Lyndale Avenue North and North 12thStreet remains closed. See Minneapolis detour maps
  • Bridge pier work near 7thand 6th Avenues has resumed. This work entails high-vibration activities for sheeting installation and pile driving. This work is expected to continue through the construction season. Expect temporary lane closures on eastbound 6th Avenue.

Regional Trails


Opus Area in Minnetonka
  • Various trails within the Opus area are closed as crews work to advance many project elements.
Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail
  • The Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail in Hopkins is closed between Shady Oak Road and 5th Avenue South. See detour map 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 2022. 
  • The section between 11th Avenue South and 5th Avenue South is closed until 2022.
 
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 2022. 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, bikers and pedestrians. See detour maps here.
 
Kenilworth Trail Closure
The Kenilworth Trail is closed in Minneapolis at the intersection with the Midtown Greenway to just south of West 21st Street. We are currently assessing the tunnel schedule which impacts the opening of this trail segment and we will provide an update when the schedule is known. Access for automobiles, bikers and pedestrians remains open at Cedar Lake Parkway and at West 21st Street. See detour map here.
 
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 now anticipated to be closed until 2022. See detour maps here.
 
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.