Project Update - May 10, 2019. See Project Updates below.
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The pedestrian and bicyclist trails through the Theodore Wirth Park and Bassett’s Creek Park construction sites will close in May for final trail and park restoration work. The Theodore Wirth Park trail will close beginning the week of May 13 and remain closed through May 31. There will be a short-term closure of Bassett’s Creek Park trail during the week of May 20. During the closures, trail users will be detoured to other park trails or local streets. Detour signs will be posted. See trail detour map.
Trail Detour Map (PDF)
This project rehabilitates nearly 3,600 feet of the existing sanitary sewer and eight maintenance hole structures located in the Bassett’s Creek Park and Theodore Wirth Park area. Improvements will be made to the sewer along the Luce Line Trail between Inglewood Ave. N. and Morgan Ave. N. in Bassett’s Creek Park and also along the trail in Theodore Wirth Park from mid-July through fall of 2018.
The sewer rehabilitation will use a process called Cured-in-Place Pipe (CIPP) to line existing pipe. This process creates a new pipe inside the existing pipe. Rehabilitation is necessary to avoid future collapse that could result in a loss of sewer service, environmental impacts, and public health and safety.
There will be no road closures, but there will be closures and detours to the Luce Line Trail. Other potential impacts include noise and dust, and tree removals. Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES) worked with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to reduce tree removal and disruption to the parks.
The sewer serves homes and businesses in Minneapolis and Golden Valley and transports wastewater to the Metropolitan Wastewater Treatment Plant in St. Paul. The sewer and treatment plant are part of the large metro-area wastewater collection and treatment system operated by MCES.
Bassett's Creek Park and Theodore Wirth Park Sewer Improvement Project Map (PDF)
Bassett's Creek Park and Theodore Wirth Park Sewer Improvement Project One-Pager (PDF)