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Southwest LRT Construction Update: October 9, 2020 

Weekend Closure of Highway 100
On Friday, October 16 at 10:00 PM to Monday, October 19 at 5:00 AM Highway 100 will close between Highway 7 and Highway 62. This closure will allow crews to set LRT bridge beams over Highway 100. Highway 100 closed earlier in September to shift the freight rail bridge to accommodate LRT construction. Overnight work can be expected associated with this closure. See St. Louis Park Detour maps

Weekly Construction Photo: LRT Tunnel Under Highway 62 in Minnetonka

Notable progress has been made on the LRT tunnel eastern segment under Highway 62. Tunnel walls and roof continue to take shape. The tunnel structure in this photo will be all underground when complete.

Eden Prairie

There are two Eden Prairie maps with each illustrating where construction crews are working today and approximately through November. 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 Area
In this area crews are building a new park-and-ride ramp adjacent to the existing ramp and constructing the joint bus and LRT station. Crews are working on excavation, utilities, foundations for the structures, the bus loop and utilities. Pile driving activities will continue at the SouthWest station into next year. Crews have made significant progress with piling, having completed those needed for the buildings’ footprint. Pile driving for the building footprint is complete. Crews are also conducting concrete work and installing supports for excavation in the area. A stationary tower crane is assisting crews with the work. The right-turn lane on the eastbound Highway 212 ramp to Prairie Center Drive remains closed.
 
Prairie Center Drive LRT Bridge
The Prairie Center Drive LRT bridge begins by the SouthWest Transit station, crosses over Technology Drive, follows the east side of Purgatory Creek Park and then crosses Prairie Center Drive to land north of Bachman’s on the east side of the road. The bridge structure will be under construction until fall 2020, the bridge structure is nearing completion with all the piles driven and beams set. There are close to 500 piles supporting the bridge, making the completion of piling a major milestone. Bridge deck work is well underway with the installation of rebar, falsework and concrete work. On Thursday, October 22 there will be full closure of Prairie Center Drive for crews to pour concrete for the bridge deck over the roadway.
 
Sidewalks near the intersection of Prairie Center Drive and Technology Drive remain closed, please follow signage to ensure your safety. (See the SouthWest pedestrian detour map).
 
Eden Road Area
Work on retaining walls as well as utility work continues in the area. Eden Road is closed just west of Glen Lane as construction is advanced in that area.  Just west of Eden Road, preparation work and utility construction are beginning for the Eden Prairie Town Center Station. Foundations for the station will start at the end of the month.

 
LRT Bridge at I-494/Flying Cloud Drive
LRT will travel on a bridge over I-494, parallel to Flying Cloud Drive. Work to complete the bridge deck is ongoing.
 
Flying Cloud Drive
Along Flying Cloud Drive, between Eden Road and Valley View Road, crews are beginning to restore the area as major utility and grading work is nearing completion. Placement of curb and gutter has begun, followed by paving. Traffic is shifted to the south or east side of Flying Cloud Drive between Eden Road and Valley View Road through October.  Traffic will then be open on both sides of the roadway until spring 2021 when traffic will be shifted to the north or west side.
The intersection of Technology Drive and Flying Cloud Drive and the off-ramp from I-494 to Flying Cloud Drive remain closed into the fall. See Eden Prairie detour maps here. Access to area businesses on the north of the roadway remain open, follow posted signage.
 
Overall, there will be four phases of temporary traffic changes, specifically lane reductions and closures to complete the construction of LRT and associated utility work. We are currently in phase two. These four phases will extend into the 2021 construction season.
 
Valley View Road
Deck work on the Valley View Road LRT bridge is ongoing. Work at this time can be completed without impacting the roadway below.
 
Nine Mile Creek
Pile driving for the LRT bridge structure at Nine Mile Creek will continue through the fall. Many of the piers are complete with deck work underway. The sidewalk on the west side of Flying Cloud Drive is closed; pedestrians should use the east side.
 
West 70th Street at Flying Cloud Drive is closed into November to advance LRT infrastructure through the roadway. Access to businesses in the area will be maintained.
 
Golden Triangle Station
Throughout the 2020 construction season, crews will advance work on the Golden Triangle Station, the land bridge for the LRT tracks north of the station, and the LRT bridge that will transition to cross over Shady Oak Road and Highway 212. Crews are working on details for the Golden Triangle Station, such as the shelters on the station platform.
 
Shady Oak Road/Flying Cloud Drive
Three lanes on the north side of Shady Oak Road are closed for pier construction for the LRT bridge that will span Shady Oak Road and Highway 212. This lane closure will remain in effect through the end of October. Work in the median of Highway 212 to advance the LRT bridge has begun, expect lane shifts. The off-ramp from west bound Highway 212 to Shady Oak Road is closed through the fall. Continue to expect construction activities on the west side of Highway 212 as work progresses north.
 
City West Station Area
Work is beginning for the City West Station, where crews are beginning earthwork and preparation for the station. The ramp from Shady Oak to eastbound Highway 62 is closed for approximately two months, through October and November. This closure allows construction vehicles to access to the City West site.
 

Minnetonka

This Minnetonka map illustrates where construction crews are working today and approximately through November. 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. 
 
Highway 62
Construction of the LRT tunnel under Highway 62 is ongoing through the 2021 construction season. The work is divided into two phases, work on the north then the south side of the highway. Traffic lanes have been shifted to the south side of the highway corridor to accommodate LRT tunnel construction on the north side of the highway. This traffic configuration will be in place through 2020. There has been significant progress on the tunnel with most of the first half of the structure in place, such as walls and roofing.
 
Red Circle Drive and Yellow Circle Drive
Yellow and Red Circle Drives have been reconfigured to allow for ongoing tunnel construction at Highway 62. Yellow Circle Drive is temporarily dead ended with a cul-de-sac where it connects to Red Circle Drive.
 
Opus Station Area
Station construction will continue to advance with crews working on the station roof. Retaining wall work is ongoing north of the station area and along the LRT alignment to Smetana and Feltl roadways.
 
Bren Road West, just west of Green Circle Drive to Bren Road East, is closed to vehicles and pedestrians into the fall. See Minnetonka detour map here. Crews are advancing utility work in the area.
 
From Bren Road West to Smetana Road, crews are grading and doing other preparation work for LRT track construction. Expect earth moving equipment in the area.
 
Smetana Road
In this area, the project includes two roadway bridges to accommodate LRT travelling underneath the Smetana and Feltl roadways. Work on the Smetana Road bridge continues to advance.
Smetana Road from Feltl Road to Nolan Drive is closed into spring 2021. A temporary bypass is in place west of the intersection of Smetana and Feltl Roads to accommodate local traffic. See Minnetonka detour maps here.
 
Minnetonka-Hopkins LRT Bridge Area
 
The Minnetonka-Hopkins LRT bridge is located east of Nolan Drive and west of the Hopkins Landfill and will cross over the freight tracks to the north. The bridge will take multiple years to complete. Excavation and pile driving continue at the north end of the bridge near K-Tel Drive. Piling continues for piers south of the freight rail tracks. Work on the bridge piers will move south towards Smetana Road.  Piling work for the bridge piers will be ongoing through into spring 2021. Expect noise and vibration from pile driving activities, which includes work on Saturdays. Clearing and grubbing work is also ongoing, moving south.

Hopkins

This Hopkins map illustrates where construction crews are working today and approximately through November. 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
Shady Oak Station construction continues, and the station structure has emerged. Structural steel is being installed.
 
11th Avenue South
All lanes of traffic have been restored at the LRT crossing at 11th Avenue. LRT tracks will be pulled through the intersection at a later date.
 
5th Avenue South
Reconstruction of 5th Avenue continues and will be ongoing through October. Southbound access on 5th Avenue from westbound Excelsior Boulevard will continue. Traffic is expected be swapped to the other side of the roadway next week. Work on 8th Avenue will occur next spring.
 
Downtown Hopkins Station
Station work continues. Crews have built the walls, advanced utility work and poured the base slab.
 
Excelsior Boulevard Area
Crews continue building the LRT bridge over Excelsior Boulevard. Crews have shifted their focus to erecting the bridge spans. Crews have assembled the form-traveler system and the cantilevered structure is starting to take shape. The bridge structure is a post-tensioned box girder. This type of bridge can efficiently span long distances. The initial shape of the box girder is now visible from the roadway.
 
Blake Road
The project is improving safety in the area by building a regional trail underpass. Crews are completing the west segment of the underpass under Blake Road. The southbound lanes on Blake Road remain closed to vehicle traffic.  Vehicle traffic continues to be permitted in one lane in the northbound direction. Pedestrians can access the sidewalk on the east side of Blake Road. See Hopkins detour maps here. Later this fall vehicle traffic will open to one lane in each direction. Crews will work to complete the regional train underpass beginning this spring.

St. Louis Park

This St. Louis Park map illustrates where construction crews are working today and approximately through November. 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. 
 
Minnehaha Creek
Work on the new freight and regional trail bridges is nearing completion, tracks just need to be pulled across the freight bridge, anticipated later this fall. Crews are finishing details of the bridges and area retaining walls.
 
Louisiana Avenue                                                                                                                                                               
In the Louisiana Avenue area, the project is constructing the following elements: Louisiana Station and park and ride areas, reestablishing the regional trail, LRT and freight bridges, a pedestrian/bicyclist underpass (which connects the regional trail to the station), and a new Southerly Connector for freight rail to connect to the MN&S freight line. View the area’s visualization to see how this all comes together.
 
Crews are working on miscellaneous details for the trail underpass. Work along Oxford Street is well underway including the abutment and retaining walls for the new freight rail connection between the Bass Lake Spur and MN&S tracks.
 
Wooddale Avenue
Construction of the new regional trail underpass structure and freight rail infrastructure is complete. A closure will be needed at a future date to install LRT infrastructure through the intersection. Work continues in the area to advance various construction elements.
 
Highway 100
On Friday, October 16 at 10:00 PM to Monday, October 19 at 5:00 AM Highway 100 will close between Highway 7 and Highway 62. Lane closures on Highway 100 are also anticipated on Saturday morning, October 3 so that crews can pour concrete for the bridge pier.  See St. Louis Park detour maps.
 
Beltline Boulevard
Beltline Boulevard is being improved by the addition of a regional trail bridge over the roadway. Work on the west half of the bridge structure is complete and with freight rail moved the east half of the bridge can be completed later this fall or spring 2021.  
 
Beltline Boulevard has been restored and all lanes of traffic have reopened.  Additional work and improvements will be conducted at a later date.

Minneapolis

There are five Minneapolis maps with each illustrating where construction crews are working today and approximately through November. 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 Lake Street
Work on area utilities in nearing completion and crews are building the new permanent trail in this segment.  Retaining wall work in the area along Chowen Avenue is complete.
 
Kenilworth Tunnel Area Construction
From the West Lake Street Bridge to just south of the Cedar Lake Channel, construction of the LRT tunnel is ongoing through 2022.
 
One press-in-piler is working north of Cedar Lake Parkway and will move towards the channel installing sheets, the other piler will continue to work near West Lake Street, moving east on the freight rail side of the tunnel. Residents should expect ongoing work in the area, including occasional vibration when obstructions are encountered. Crews also continue to progress with the first stages of tunnel excavation. Crews will be excavating material and installing cross braces called struts.
 
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 that is being used for the tunnel is also available.
 
Cedar Lake Parkway
An approximately six-month closure of Cedar Lake Parkway will be needed at a later date to complete tunnel excavation and construction, currently anticipated in Spring 2021.

Cedar Lake (Kenilworth) Channel
Three bridges will be constructed over the channel for freight, LRT, and the Kenilworth Trail. Construction for the freight rail bridge is complete and the LRT then trail bridges will follow in sequence.
Freight rail is now operating on the new track alignment and bridge over the Cedar Lake Channel. Demolition of the old freight bridge is complete. Construction of the new LRT bridge over the channel has begun; expect noise and vibration from piling and sheeting activities. A closure of the channel is currently not anticipated to be needed to complete this next phase of work. Flaggers for water traffic will be present when the old freight rail bridge is removed, and traffic may be required to wait for a short period. If a closure is needed notice will be posted at least 14 days in advance.
 
West 21st Street
West 21st Street Station construction has begun. Crews have poured concrete for some of the station utilities. Expect ongoing station construction in the area and periodic vibration as soils are compacted by a roller.
Bryn Mawr Station Area
To accommodate the LRT station, crews will construct a pedestrian bridge on the northern bluff (near Penn Avenue and Highway 394) to the station. In addition, crews need to do a significant amount of earthwork in the area to construct the new trail alignment, regrade the contours of earth in the area and build a stable foundation for the LRT tracks.
 
The soil beneath the surcharge has reached its intended compaction level and can now support station construction. Expect excavation equipment and more dump trucks in the area as excess material begins to be removed. Pile driving for the foundation of Bryn Mawr Station is anticipated to start this fall, as well as reparation work such as survey and excavation. Work will begin as crews become available.
 
Glenwood Avenue
When the project is complete, 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. Glenwood Avenue between Lyndale Avenue North and North 12th Street is closed until mid‑2021. The roadway is closed to vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic. See detour map here. Local access to businesses is maintained. Crews are finishing retaining walls in the area. Work on the west abutment is nearing completion with crews removing supports for excavation. Grading work is also proceeding.  BNSF crews will follow to shift the track to its new position to the north in this area. Crews will be working 24 hours to complete the track shift starting Wednesday, October 21st through Thursday, October 22nd.
 
Royalston Avenue
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 connecting to the Target Field Station. The Holden/Royalston/Border loop will also be reconstructed.
 
The southbound travel lane on Royalston Avenue from North 5th Street to Holden Street is closed; the closure will last until summer 2021. Business access is available via the northbound lane. See the roadway impact map here.

Regional Trails


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 through early 2021. 
  • The section between 11th Avenue South and 5th Avenue South is closed until fall 2021.
 
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, bikers and pedestrians, with separate closures of roadways upcoming at various dates. See detour maps here.
 
Crews have begun grading work to construct the new permanent trail alignment under the West Lake Street bridge. Pedestrians and cyclists can use the new trail once completed. The trail will be fenced off and separated from construction activities. Until that work is complete expect flaggers in the area directing pedestrians and cyclists. Be mindful of construction equipment in the area and the directions given by the flaggers. Flagging activity is allowing the trail in this connecting segment to remain open during this phase of construction.
 
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, 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 closed until mid-2021. 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.
 
The Cedar Lake Trail by Highway 394 and Linden Yards is detoured to Kenwood Parkway. The connection to the Luce Line Trail will remain open, accessible via the connection under I-394 by Spring Lake. See trail detour maps here. Crews are conducting utility work in the area.