Recommendation: Shallow LRT tunnels, LRT over channel on bridge, Mitchell Rd. Station

Date: Monday, March 31, 2014

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. – March 31, 2014 –Building shallow tunnels for light rail tracks and an LRT bridge over a channel between two lakes is the best option for the Southwest LRT (METRO Green Line Extension), planners reaffirmed today. Planners also recommended keeping Mitchell Station as the westernmost station in Eden Prairie.  

The recommendation preserves homes, businesses, a trail used by over a half-million pedestrians and cyclists a year through the Kenilworth neighborhood and railroad tracks used by freight trains carrying commodities for shippers in more than two dozen west-central Minnesota farming communities. 

“We have a wealth of information about this project and now is the time to use that information to make a decision that moves this project forward,” said Metropolitan Council Chair Susan Haigh. “We’re grateful to the communities along the line for their active participation over the last two years and especially during the last six months. What we’re hearing now from residents is they need us to make decision so they can move forward with their lives and help to ready their neighborhoods for light rail.”

Read the full news release. 

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