SWLRT CIVIL CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

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Date: 4/25/2019

The Metropolitan Council will provide information on construction activities on this website and by email – subscribe to our email list to receive updates. For information about construction impacts, see below. This information will be updated every Friday throughout construction.

Trail Closures: As early as Monday, May 13

The expected duration of these closures range approximately 2 to 3 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. Details:

Cedar Lake Trail: 2 Year Closure Through Hopkins and St. Louis Park

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.


Kenilworth Trail: 3 Year Closure in Minneapolis

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.
 
Once the trails are closed, the civil contractor will start the following construction activities that do not result in significant vibration generation:
•             Field survey;
•             Installation of construction site fencing;
•             Erosion control work;
•             Utility relocation; and
clearing and grubbing, including tree removal. Tree removal in the corridor follows the environmental and landscaping commitments as outlined in the project’s Record of Decision and developed through the Kenilworth Landscape Design process. As reference, please see the final plans presented to the community in November 2015:
https://metrocouncil.org/Transportation/Projects/Light-Rail-Projects/Southwest-LRT/Publications-And-Resources/MeetingMaterials/Kenilworth-Design/Kenilworth-Landscape-Design-Community-Meeting-(1).aspx

Upcoming Outreach Events:

  • Friday, April 26: Trail pop-up at the nexus of Kenilworth Trail and Midtown Greenway; 1 - 5 pm
  • Saturday, May 11: Trail pop-up along the Kenilworth Trail; 9:00 AM - Noon
  • Thursday, May 16: Pop-up on the Cedar Lake Trail at Hopkins Depot; 6 – 9 am
  • Friday, May 17: Pop-up on the Cedar Lake Trail at Beltline Blvd.; 6 – 9 am

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