Southwest LRT Construction Update: June 26, 2020


Web: swlrt.org

Twitter: @SouthwestLRT

Construction Hotline: 612-373-3933

Construction Updates Through July 10

This week’s construction update provides an overview of activities for the next two weeks. We will issue an abbreviated, update on Thursday, July 2 focusing on major/new activities occurring the week of July 6. The Southwest LRT construction crews will pause major construction work on Friday, July 3, through Sunday July 5. Necessary maintenance and site security activities will continue during the holiday weekend. The construction hotline will be staffed if you have any urgent construction issues. The next full update will be issued on Friday, July 10.


Weekly Construction Photo: Prairie Center Drive LRT Bridge in Eden Prairie

Weekly Construction Photo: Prairie Center Drive LRT Bridge in Eden Prairie

The Prairie Center Drive LRT bridge begins on the northside of the SouthWest Transit park-and-ride, follows Prairie Center Drive past Purgatory Park and then crosses the road to land on a hill by Bachman’s/Costco. The bridge is being built near the SouthWest station where people can walk to shops, transit or the park. As the photo shows, to enhance the pedestrian experience and create interest, the piers have concrete forms that highlight the Eden Prairie community and the surrounding natural environment.


Eden Prairie Highlights

  • Work on the Prairie Center Drive bridge continues to advance. The remaining piers are taking shape as concrete work progresses. The last pier to be constructed is in the median of Prairie Center Drive, work has begun to install supports for excavation, followed by piling. The inside lanes surrounding the pier are closed. Later in July deck work for the bridge will begin.
  • Clearing and ground cover removal for the Eden Prairie Town Center Station will begin next week. Work on area retaining walls continues.
  • Lane closures on Flying Cloud Drive between Eden Road and Valley View Road remain in effect. Business access for the hotels on the west side of Flying Cloud Drive is provided, please follow signage. The Technology Drive and Flying Cloud Drive intersection, the Eden Road and Flying Cloud Drive intersection and the off-ramp from I-494 to Flying Cloud Drive remain closed until mid-July. See Eden Prairie detour maps here.
  • The on ramp from Valley View Road to eastbound Highway 212 is being reconstructed and will open the week of July 6.
  • Three lanes on the north side of Shady Oak Road have closed to begin pier construction for the LRT bridge that will span Shady Oak Road and Highway 212. This lane closure will remain in effect into the fall. Work in the median of Highway 212 will start later in July to advance the LRT bridge.

Minnetonka Highlights

  • Work on the LRT tunnel under Highway 62 continues to advance with crews working on the base slab and tunnel walls. The lane shift on Highway 62 remains in place.
  • Multiple detours remain in effect in the Opus area, including on Red Circle, Yellow Circle, and Bren Road West. See Opus area detours.
  • Construction of the Opus Station is underway, structural steel will begin to emerge.
  • Pile driving for the Smetana Road bridge continues. Crews are installing piles for the east and west abutments.

Visit our website for more details and visuals of construction activities in Minnetonka.

Hopkins Highlights

  • Work continues on the Hopkins-Minnetonka bridge. Piling, and building activities will be ongoing for much of the year. Expect continuous work in this area for the construction season.
  • Lane closures on 11th Avenue remain in place as crews advance the LRT crossing. Traffic will be swapped to the other side of the roadway in July. LRT road crossing panels were set in place this week, marking the first piece of LRT guideway to be installed on the project.
  • Crews continue to advance the Excelsior LRT Bridge. Concrete work for the top of the piers is advancing and concrete work for the spans is upcoming in the next month.
  • The southbound lanes of Blake Road remain closed through August. Traffic is still permitted in one lane in the northbound direction. Pedestrian access is maintained on the sidewalk on the east side of Blake Road. See Hopkins detour maps here.

St. Louis Park Highlights

  • Bridge beams are being placed at Louisiana Avenue. This work is expected to be complete by early next week. Lane closures will continue as crews advance deck work, but no detours are anticipated.
  • East of the future Louisiana Avenue station crews continue to construct freight rail infrastructure to make a southbound connection to the MN&S line. Expect piling in the area.
  • The Wooddale Avenue regional trail underpass is nearing completion and crews are working on utility and roadway restoration. It is anticipated that Wooddale Avenue will reopen to vehicle traffic with one lane in each direction during the week of June 29.
  • In the next two weeks, Beltline Boulevard will be reduced to one lane in each direction for utility work. A full road closure is anticipated in late July or August.

Minneapolis Highlights

  • One press-in piler is being mobilized at the Cedar Lake Parkway for the week of July 6. The other piler is closing a utility gap by 28th Street and then will be mobilized on the freight rail side of the track working south towards Lake Street.
  • To advance tunnel sheeting, Cedar Lake Parkway will close for 16 days starting on Monday, July 6. Crews will not be working on weekends. During the closure, tunnel sheeting will be installed through the Cedar Lake Parkway intersection, cut to the proper height, and then the roadway will be restored. Detour information. Pedestrian and bicycle access will be provided throughout the duration of the closure. A longer closure of approximately six months (minus the duration of this closure) will be needed to excavate and construct the tunnel. Tunnel excavation west of Cedar Lake Parkway is expected to begin later this summer. We will provide updates as additional work is scheduled.
  • The Cedar Lake Trail by Highway 394 and Linden Yards is detoured to Kenwood Parkway for two to three weeks due to utility work in the area. The connection to the Luce Line Trail will remain open, accessible via the connection under I-394 by Spring Lake. Detour information.
  • Work continues on both the Glenwood Avenue and the 5th Avenue/7th Street bridges. Expect piling and concrete work in the area. Later in July work will also start on the east side of 7th Street, where the project ties into existing LRT infrastructure near Target Field.

Trail Detours: Minnesota River Bluffs, South Cedar Lake Parkway, Kenilworth, Cedar Lake Trail

Eden Prairie Sidewalk and Roadway Detours: Southwest Station, Technology/Eden/I-494 and Flying Cloud Drive Intersection

Minnetonka Roadway Detours: Opus area: Yellow Circle, Red Circle, Bren Road, Smetana Road

Hopkins Detours: Blake Road

St. Louis Park Detours: Wooddale Avenue

Minneapolis Roadway Detours: Upcoming: Cedar Lake Parkway, Glenwood Avenue, Royalston Avenue

Southwest LRT Construction Update: June 5, 2020


Web: swlrt.org

Twitter: @SouthwestLRT

Construction Hotline: 612-373-3933

Cedar Lake Parkway in Minneapolis to Close July 6

To advance tunnel sheeting, Cedar Lake Parkway in Minneapolis will close for 16 days starting on Monday, July 6. Crews will not be working on weekends. During the closure, tunnel sheeting will be installed through the Cedar Lake Parkway intersection, cut to the proper height, and then the roadway will be restored. Minneapolis detour informationPedestrians and bicyclists will have access across the work zone for the entire duration. Access during the closure will be limited to one side of the road and will shift to the south side of the roadway to accommodate the work. A longer closure of approximately six months (minus the duration of this closure) will be needed to excavate and construct the tunnel. Tunnel excavation is expected to begin later this year. We will provide updates as additional work is scheduled.


Weekly Construction Photo: Trail Underpass to the Louisiana Station in St. Louis Park

Weekly Construction Photo: Pedestrian Underpass to the Louisiana Station in St. Louis Park

The trail underpass will provide access under freight rail for residents and visitors traveling to destinations north of the station area. Crews are completing the concrete work for the tunnel.


Eden Prairie Highlights

  • For the week of June 8, expect work on Technology Drive as crews work to remove the center median where buses exit the SouthWest Transit facility. Lane impacts are anticipated during the week.
  • The Prairie Center Drive LRT bridge begins by SouthWest Transit, crosses over Technology Drive, follows the east side of Purgatory Creek Park and then crosses Prairie Center Drive to land close to Bachman’s on the east side of the road. Many of the bridge piers are now complete. Piling is occurring for three of the piers along the northside of the SouthWest Transit area. Piling is also needed to construct the pier in the center median of Prairie Center Drive. Temporary pedestrian access remains in place until the piers closest to the roadway on the east and west side are complete. Continue to expect work on
  • Lane closures are ongoing on Flying Cloud Drive between Eden Road and Valley View Road. The Technology Drive and Flying Cloud Drive intersection, the Eden Road and Flying Cloud Drive intersection and the off-ramp from I-494 to Flying Cloud Drive remain closed until mid-July of 2020. See Eden Prairie detour maps here.
  • Valley View Road at Highway 212 is closed for crews to advance deck work on the LRT bridge. The roadway will reopen Saturday, June 6.
  • Utility work is wrapping up as early as the week of June 8 on the southside of Shady Oak Road and the turn lane from the Highway 212 off ramp will reopen. In late June, three lanes will close on the north side of Shady Oak Road to begin construction of the LRT bridge that will span Shady Oak and Highway 212.

Minnetonka Highlights

  • Work on the LRT tunnel under Highway 62 continues to advance. Crews are working on the base slab and walls of the tunnel.
  • Multiple detours remain in effect in the Opus area, including multiple closures on Red Circles, Yellow Circle, and Bren Road West. See Opus area detours.
  • Between Bren Road and Smetana Road multiple retaining walls are being construction through this segment. Expect piling work, excavation, and installation of soldier pile retaining walls. The soldier piles are installed by first drilling a shaft, filling the shaft with concrete and pushing an H-shape pile into the concrete.
  • In the Smetana Road area, earthwork continues as crews prepare the LRT track grade, associated bridges and retaining walls. Pile driving for the Smetana Road bridge is expected to begin the week of June 8.

Hopkins Highlights

  • The surcharge between Shady Oak and 11th Avenue has compressed the underlying soil to its designed density. Over the coming weeks crews will remove the excess soil for reuse at other project locations. Following the removal of the surcharge crews will build area infrastructure. The trail is in this area is anticipated to reopen this fall.
  • The LRT crossing panels to transverse 11th Avenue will be placed in mid-June. Traffic is expected to swap to other half of the roadway so crews can complete the crossing work the following week. The LRT tracks will be pulled across the intersection at a date later this year.
  • The southbound lanes of Blake Road remain closed through the summer. Traffic is still permitted in one lane in the northbound direction. Pedestrian access is maintained on the sidewalk on the east side of Blake Road. See Hopkins detour maps here. In the fall, traffic will be swapped to the other side of the roadway for additional four months. Expect ongoing sheeting, excavation, and concrete work in the area.

St. Louis Park Highlights

  • Construction of freight track grade continues to be a major activity throughout St. Louis Park. Crews are removing topsoil and installing ballast materials.
  • Crews continue to advance the west abutment for the regional trail bridge at Louisiana Avenue. After the abutment is complete, a full or partial closure of Louisiana Avenue in late June is anticipated to set bridge beams over the roadway. Details will be provided in advance of the closure.
  • The Wooddale Avenue regional trail underpass is almost complete, and crews are working on utility and roadway restoration. The full closure of Wooddale Avenue remains in place into next week. See St. Louis Park detour maps. The roadway will reopen with one lane in each direction.
  • Roadway impacts on Beltline Boulevard are anticipated mid-to-late June. Crews will reconstruct the roadway, one half at a time. No full closures are expected.

Minneapolis Highlights

  • Tunnel sheeting with the press-in piler continues to move south towards Lake Street into next week. Sheet piles have been placed from approximately 28th Street to Cedar Lake Parkway.
  • The Dean Court and 28th Street intersection reopened to one-way vehicle traffic. Crews are still working within the roadway. Overall work for the sanitary force main will be completed in mid-June.
  • Work continues on grading and ballast installation for the approaches to the Cedar Lake Trail Bridge. Timber ties will be installed in the next couple weeks. In early July, freight rail will be shifted permanently onto the new bridge. The existing freight rail bridge will then be removed and piling for the new LRT bridge will begin.
  • Expect piling activities as crews advance one of the piers for the 5th Avenue/7th Street LRT bridge. Supports for excavation have been installed and crews are installing piles to support the bridge pier. Concrete and forming work are also advancing in the area. This is the last pier to be constructed on Royalston Avenue before the bridge crosses over 7th Street.

Trail Detours: Minnesota River Bluffs, South Cedar Lake Parkway, Kenilworth, Cedar Lake Trail

Eden Prairie Sidewalk and Roadway Detours: Southwest Station, Technology/Eden/I-494 and Flying Cloud Drive Intersection

Minnetonka Roadway Detours: Opus area: Yellow Circle, Red Circle, Bren Road, Smetana Road

Hopkins Detours: Blake Road

St. Louis Park Detours: Wooddale Avenue

Minneapolis Roadway Detours: Cedar Lake Parkway (Upcoming), Glenwood Avenue, Royalston Avenue

Southwest LRT Construction Update: May 8, 2020


Web: swlrt.org

Twitter: @SouthwestLRT

Construction Hotline: 612-373-3933

Social Distancing Protocols on Site

While working on site, when possible, workers practice social distancing. When workers are in the public realm, gather for meetings/discussions, or when traveling in vehicles together, face coverings are part of the recommended safety protocol. Met Council and contractor staff continue to emphasize this practice during daily safety briefings at each construction site.


Weekly Construction Photo: Light Rail Vehicles in Production at Siemens’ Plant in California

Weekly Construction Photo: Light Rail Vehicles in Production at Siemens’ Plant in California

Metro Transit’s signature blue and yellow vehicles standout at the Siemens’ production facility in Sacramento,California. These new LRV’s will begin arriving in Minnesota later this year. In fact, a few will be beginning their voyage via freight rail to Minnesota soon. These vehicles require a long “breaking-in” period before they begin revenue service. They will be tested on existing light rail lines while the Southwest corridor is under construction.


Eden Prairie Highlights

  • In the SouthWest Station area, construction activities are intensifying on the western portion of the site as crews advance the next phase of station construction which includes utility work, retaining walls, and piling. Expect noise and vibration from pile driving in the area.
  • The Prairie Center Drive LRT bridge is advancing quickly with work continuing north of SouthWest Station, near Purgatory Creek Park and across to Prairie Center Drive. Temporary access for pedestrians around the work site will be provided as crews begin work on the eastern portion of the roadway.
  • Phase two of planned traffic changes is beginning on Flying Cloud Drive. Traffic has been shifted to the south side of Flying Cloud Drive between Eden Road and Valley View Road. The intersection of Technology Drive and Flying Cloud Drive and the off-ramp from I-494 to Flying Cloud Drive are currently closed. Eden Road at Flying Cloud Drive is anticipated to close in late May. These intersections will remain closed until July of 2020. See Eden Prairie detour maps here.
  • The bridge beams for the LRT bridge over Valley View Road and the Highway 212 ramp have been set. The roadway has reopened, and these impressive structures are visible to the public. Crews will continue to advance bridge deck work in the coming months.

Visit our website for more details on construction activities in Eden Prairie.

Minnetonka Highlights

  • The Highway 62 tunnel continues to advance as crews work on the base of the tunnel, with walls starting to take shape over the next month. Roadway detours remain in place for the duration of this work, which is anticipated to extend through fall of 2020. See Minnetonka detour maps here.
  • Utility work is ongoing around the Opus Station and later in May, station foundations will be constructed.
  • Retaining wall work from Bren Road West to Smetana Road is ongoing in various phases of completion. Beginning this month, crews will install piles for the retaining walls. The piles are installed by first drilling a shaft, filling that shaft with concrete and pushing an H-shaped pile into the concrete. This activity is noisy with some vibration.
  • In the Smetana Road area, expect earthwork as crews begin preparation work for the LRT track grade and associated bridge and retaining wall work. Piling driving will begin in late May.

Visit our website for more details on construction activities in Minnetonka.

Hopkins Highlights

  • Work on Minnetonka/Hopkins LRT bridge continues. Expect noise and vibration from pile driving in the area. Crews are working on the north section of the bridge and will progress south.
  • Work on the Shady Oak Station is progressing. Crews are bringing utilities to the station site. In the next month, the base shape of the station as well as some of the park and ride elements will start to become discernible.
  • Work is underway at the future LRT track crossing at 11th  Avenue. The roadway has been reduced to one lane in each direction and crews have begun removal of pavement and construction on the east side of the roadway.
  • The southbound lane of Blake Road is closed for the next four months. Traffic is still permitted in one lane in the northbound direction. Pedestrian access is maintained on the sidewalk on the east side of Blake Road. See Hopkins detour maps here. Expect sheet pile driving, excavation and concrete work in the area. Crews are working on retaining walls and advancing the trail underpass through the roadway.

Visit our website for more details on construction activities in Hopkins.

St. Louis Park Highlights

  • Earthwork continues along most of the alignment in St. Louis Park as crews prepare the area for the permanent location of freight rail in the corridor.
  • Bridge beams were set last week over Minnehaha Creek. Deck work will be ongoing in the coming weeks.
  • The closure of Wooddale Avenue remains in place through the month of May. See St. Louis Park detour maps here Crews are beginning to build the underpass in the roadway. Later in May, the northwest corner service road will be closed for a few days. We will provide notice as the closure nears.
  • The southbound ramp from Highway 7 to Highway 100 ramp closure will be Saturday, May 9 between 7:00 am and 3:00 pm. Crews will use that time to pour the west abutment for the freight bridge.

Visit our website for more details on construction activities in St. Louis Park.

Minneapolis Highlights

  • Utility work on Depot Street is ongoing. The 28th Street/Dean Court intersection will close on Monday, May 11.
  • On Monday, May 11 sheeting for the tunnel and storm sewer repair will require a day closure of the sidewalk on the south side of Cedar Lake Parkway in the immediate vicinity of the project. Pedestrians will still have access on the north side of Cedar Lake Parkway.
  • Preparation for freight rail tracks to shift north by the Cedar Lake Channel is underway. Both bridge and track base work has advanced. The official shift is expected to take place in about a month.
  • Both the surcharge at 21st Street and near the future Bryn Mawr Station continue in a settlement period into the summer. The contractor continues to monitor settlement progress and may periodically add more soil to achieve the desired settlement at periodic intervals. This work will be done on an as-needed basis.
  • In the next week or two, utility work in the Linden Yards area will require a detour for the Cedar Lake Trail. Bicyclists and pedestrians will be 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.
  • Progress is being made both on the 5/7th Avenue and Glenwood bridges. Area retaining walls are starting to take shape. Expect the continuation of ongoing activity in this area.

Visit our website for more details on construction activities in Minneapolis.

Trail Detours: Minnesota River Bluffs, South Cedar Lake Parkway, Kenilworth, Cedar Lake Trail

Eden Prairie Sidewalk and Roadway Detours: Southwest Station, Technology/Eden/I-494 and Flying Cloud Drive Intersection

Minnetonka Roadway Detours: Opus area: Yellow Circle, Red Circle (ongoing and upcoming), Bren Road, Smetana Road

Hopkins Detours: Blake Road

St. Louis Park Detours: Wooddale Avenue, (Highway 7 Service Road, upcoming)

Minneapolis Roadway Detours: Glenwood Avenue, Royalston Avenue

The full update – which includes ongoing construction activities – can always be found on our website:
 
Some notes on the activities in this week’s update:
 
Upcoming Events:
Opportunities for public interaction are few as social distancing policies remain in effect. I am going to be providing brief SWLRT updates in the following virtual meetings:
  • West Calhoun Neighborhood Council April meeting: Tuesday April 14 at 6pm
  • Cedar-Isles-Dean Neighborhood Association April meeting: Wednesday April 15 at 6pm
 
What’s New in the Corridor
 
France Ave to Lake Street
  • Utility work has commenced adjacent to the Cedar Lake Trail near the Minneapolis-St. Louis Park border. Trail access remains open in this area during this work, though flaggers may be on site to keep trail users safe as equipment is repositioned.
Lake Street to Cedar Lake Parkway
  • MCES sewer utility work at Depot Street is now expected to begin next week. Concrete and pavement removals early in the week will be followed later in the week by the construction of a utility receiving pit that requires temporary excavation support (the slide-rail shoring system discussed in previous emails). A backhoe will be used to push in the support.
    • EXPECTED DURATION: The installation of the excavation support should only take 1-2 days. Work in the dead end of Depot Street is expected to last 6-8 weeks.
    • IMPACTS: Loud noise from the cutting of concrete and removal of pavement, as well as the excavation and removal of soils; there is a chance that residences immediately adjacent to work area may notice brief vibration resulting from installation of excavation support. As this work progresses, we will communicate a specific date for the closure of W 28th Street and Dean Court.
Cedar Lake Parkway to Cedar Lake Channel
  • Earthwork is commencing on the west side of the freight tracks between Cedar Lake Parkway and Burnham Road Bridge. This work involves the removal and grading of soil, and the eventual placement of freight ballast. This work is to prepare this segment of the corridor for the eventual shift of the freight rail.
    • EXPECTED DURATION: once started, expect a more continuous presence of heavy construction equipment on the west side of the freight rail tracks for at least the next 1-2 months.
    • IMPACTS: loud noise associated with removal and grading activities. Some vibration may be noticeable to adjacent residences when rollers are used to compact soil. 
  • Utility relocation work is expected to resume in this area in the next week. Slide-rail shoring systems (see above) will be installed in this area as well.
    • EXPECTED DURATION: utility work will continue at least through April and into May
    • IMPACTS: Loud noise associated with excavation activities. Some localized VIBRATION* may be noticeable as side-rail system is installed
Cedar Lake Channel to 21st Street
  • Temporary soil surcharge area near 21st Street – This work is ongoing, with periodic work over the next several months. I wanted to provide a note based on communications with the community that the amassing of soil in this area and at the Bryn Mawr Station area is temporary. As soil settles over a long period of time, a stable foundation is created that allows for eventual construction of rail track bed and station. Once the desired level of soil compaction is achieved to start construction on track and stations, most of this soil will be removed.
 
*Where noted, residents who live near an activity that causes noticeable vibration may want to remove or reposition breakable items on shelves or hanging on walls. Vibration and noise is constantly monitored to ensure that levels remain within allowable limits.

Southwest LRT Construction Update: April 3, 2020


Web: swlrt.org

Twitter: @SouthwestLRT

Construction Hotline: 612-373-3933

A New Look: Responding to Your Feedback!

You’ll notice this week’s update looks a bit different. The highlights section now focuses on activities that are changing, upcoming, or new, as well as ongoing notable activities in each community. Full descriptions of all project corridor construction activities are still available on our website: swlrt.org. In addition, the website now includes more details about upcoming construction activities. Just click the links below for the city that you want to know more about.


Weekly Construction Photo: Pedestrian underpass, east of Louisiana Avenue in St. Louis Park

Weekly Construction Photo: Pedestrian underpass, east of Louisiana Avenue in St. Louis Park

The Louisiana Station will be located slightly east of Louisiana Avenue. The station is a short connection to Methodist Hospital. Here is a link to the station plans. Area residents will be able access Louisiana Station from north of the freight rail tracks (near the old Sam’s Club) through the new trail underpass which crews are currently working on sheeting and excavation.


Eden Prairie Highlights

  • The former SouthWest Transit facility has been demolished. Piling will be starting in the next few weeks for the new parking structure, as well as removal of sheeting for the retaining wall in the area. Bridge work is also ongoing as crews work near Purgatory Creek Park and near the existing SouthWest park-and-ride structure.
  • Flying Cloud Drive between Eden Road and Valley View Road has been reduced to one lane in each direction as crews work on utilities in the center median. See the roadway impact map here.
  • Bridge work including piling and concrete forming and pouring is ongoing at Nine Mile Creek and near Golden Triangle Station.

Visit our website for more details on construction activities in Eden Prairie.

Minnetonka Highlights

  • Bren Road West, just west of Green Circle to Bren Road East, closed to vehicles and pedestrians on March 30 and will remain closed through the 2020 construction season. See detour map below here. Crews have removed pavement and are beginning excavation work.
  • Later in April retaining walls and abutment work will begin on the Smetana Roadway Bridge.

Visit our website for more details on construction activities in Minnetonka.

Hopkins Highlights

  • Piling and excavation work for the Hopkins/Minnetonka LRT bridge, which will be located east of Nolan Drive, is beginning and will be ongoing through the 2020 construction season. Work will start next week north of the freight rail tracks. Tree clearing and ground cover removal is also ongoing moving south towards Smetana Road.
  • Earthwork in the area around the Downtown Hopkins Station will begin in the area next week.
  • Crews are preparing to close the northbound lane on Blake Road. Traffic will still be permitted in the southbound direction. The exact date has not yet been determined but is anticipated in the next few weeks. We will share details as soon as they are ready. Expect sheeting and concrete work in the area.

Visit our website for more details on construction activities in Hopkins.

St. Louis Park Highlights

  • Expect significant excavation work to begin as the contractor prepares for track construction between Highway 100 and Beltline Boulevard. Expect excavators and dump trucks moving through the corridor.
  • Crews have been setting prefabricated concrete tunnel segments for the Wooddale Avenue regional trail underpass. Work on the approaches continues, expect piling and excavation work in the area. Crews are on schedule for a 30-day full closure of Wooddale Avenue in May, with the exact date still to be determined.

Visit our website for more details on construction activities in St. Louis Park.

Minneapolis Highlights

  • Piling work for the Kenilworth LRT tunnel will be ongoing through the summer.
  • At the Cedar Lake Channel, crews set bridge girders this week for the new freight rail bridge. Work will progress on the deck of the bridge in the coming weeks. Repair work was also required on the existing freight rail bridge on Thursday to support the piers. Freight trains where held until repairs were made and all work was conducted during normal construction hours.
  • Surcharge work began this week south of 21st Street for the LRT station. Expect excavation and dump trucks in the area as crews remove and bring in new soil. Surcharge work will consist of periods of activity moving soil followed by periods to consolidate the underlying soil.
  • Utility work started in the Linden Yards area, in preparation for the Bassett Creek Valley Station.

Visit our website for more details on construction activities in Minneapolis.

On-going Trail Detours: Minnesota River Bluffs, South Cedar Lake Parkway, Kenilworth, Cedar Lake Trail

On-going Eden Prairie Sidewalk and Roadway Detours: SouthWest Station, Northbound I-494 to Eastbound TH 212, Upcoming: Valley View Road/Flying Cloud Drive

On-going Minnetonka Roadway Detours: Yellow Circle, Smetana Road

On-going Minneapolis Roadway Detours: Glenwood Avenue, Royalston Avenue

Southwest LRT Construction Update: March 6, 2020


Web: swlrt.org

Twitter: @SouthwestLRT

Construction Hotline: 612-373-3933

Concrete Work: What to Expect

With the weather getting warmer, concrete work will be the focus of construction activities in many areas. Expect to see an increase in vehicles moving concrete throughout the corridor. Concrete can only be left in trucks for a limited amount of time and for some structures, all the concrete for a specific element need to be placed at the same time. That means certain project elements will need extended hours to complete concrete work. We will highlight these activities.


Weekly Construction Photo: Downtown Hopkins Station

Weekly Construction Photo: Downtown Hopkins Station

Can you see yourself walking up to the station to catch the train? We can! Structural steel work has been completed for the Downtown Hopkins Station. Station work activities will pick up as the weather gets nicer.


Highlights

  • Beginning on March 13, Beltline will be closed for up to two days to set bridge trusses. The roadway will be closed to vehicle traffic, which will be detoured to Highway 100. Pedestrians and bikers will be flagged through the work area. However, pedestrians and bikers may encounter extended wait times if you arrive as they are placing the trusses.
  • The inside lanes (one in each direction) on Prairie Center Drive, between Technology Drive and Singletree Lane in Eden Prairie is closed for LRT bridge pier construction (a map with the roadway impacts is included below). Utilities will be relocated in the area and then the LRT bridge pier will take about six weeks to construct.
  • Tree removal between the freight rail tracks and the trail is complete for the area between France Avenue in St. Louis Park and West Lake Street in Minneapolis. Work continues in the area but currently will not impact the South Cedar Lake Trail. Once utility work is complete the trail will be paved and shifted to its new permanent location.

On-going Activities Update

Eden Prairie

SouthWest Station Area

SouthWest Transit bus riders continue to use the new temporary facility (see pedestrian detour map below). Utilities have been disconnected in the former facility and demolition activities will be more noticeable in early March.

Pier work, including pile driving, for the new LRT bridge that wraps around the SouthWest Station park-and ride structure will continue into Spring 2020. Sidewalks along Prairie Center and Technology Drive remain closed, please follow local signage to ensure your safety. The right-turn lane on the eastbound Highway 212 ramp to Prairie Center Drive remains closed until Spring 2020, to accommodate the completion of retaining wall work. The retaining wall is nearly complete, crews are backfilling the wall and will then remove sheeting.

Traffic is routed to the HOV lane for the eastbound Highway 212 entrance from Prairie Center Drive as streetlight installation work has started. Lighting work will be ongoing into mid to late-March. Once the lighting work is completed the crane will be “walked” back across the entrance ramp.

Prairie Center Drive

On the west side of Prairie Center Drive, near Purgatory Creek Park, excavation and installation of supports for excavation and pile driving for the LRT bridge pier has begun. The inside lanes (one in each direction) on Prairie Center Drive, between Technology Drive and Singletree Lane is closed as crews work to build an LRT bridge pier in the median. Utilities need to be relocated in the area and then the pier will take about six weeks to construct (a map with the roadway impacts is included below). Additional lane closures will be needed in the spring as work for piers advances.

Eden Road Area

Retaining wall work has concluded for the winter; backfilling will resume in the spring. Expect activity in the work zone as crews prep for major spring construction.

LRT Bridge at I-494/Flying Cloud Drive

Crews are working on both the south and north abutments. Sheeting to support excavation and foundation piles are being installed. Pile driving activities are wrapping up on the north abutment and will continue into March on the south abutment. Traffic control barriers continue to be in place. The I-494 eastbound ramp to Highway 212 remains closed for the next month, depending on temperatures. See detour map below.

Valley View Road/Flying Cloud Drive

The lane restriction on the ramp from Valley View Road to Highway 212 continues. Traffic is being diverted onto the HOV lane and will remain in this configuration through the winter. Crews are constructing multiple piers for the new LRT bridge. The piers are at different stages of completion, with crews working on pile supports and formwork. In mid to late-March, overnight road closures on Valley View Road to set bridge girders (support beams) are upcoming. A date has not yet been set; we will give notice at least seven days in advance. See the upcoming detour map below.

In March, Flying Cloud Drive between Eden Road and Valley View Road will have four phases of different traffic impacts, specifically lane reductions and closures, as crews build LRT infrastructure along the north/west side of the Flying Cloud Drive. These four phases will last the duration of the 2020 construction season. This work will also have impacts on connecting roadways at various times. The initial phase, which will begin late March and will last for about a month, will close the two inside lanes and traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction on Flying Cloud Drive. The west bound exit from Highway 494 to Flying Cloud Drive will also close for the 2020 construction season. See the upcoming traffic map below.

Nine Mile Creek

Pile driving for the LRT bridge structure and abutments at Nine Mile Creek will continue through the winter. Crews are working on the south abutment and piers continue to take shape. The sidewalk on the west side of Flying Cloud Drive is closed; pedestrians should use the east side.

Golden Triangle Station

Piling is ongoing in the area for LRT bridge work as crews make progress on piers. Crews are also advancing concrete work on the piers.

Shady Oak Road/Flying Cloud Drive

Storm sewer work will resume in area after other utility conflicts are cleared. Expect minor traffic impacts on the east side of the Shady Oak/Highway 212 intersection. Overall storm sewer work will take four months.

Minnetonka

Highway 62

The traffic lanes have been shifted to the south side of the highway corridor to accommodate LRT tunnel construction which is underway on the north side of the highway. This traffic configuration will be in place through 2020. Crews continue excavation and sheet piling work for the LRT tunnel. In early-March crews will begin laying the bottom leveling slab of the north tunnel section.

Red Circle Drive and Yellow Circle Drive

Yellow and Red Circle Drives have been reconfigured. Yellow Circle Drive is temporarily dead ended with a cul-de-sac where it connects to Red Circle Drive, and Yellow Circle has temporarily become a two-way roadway in the area south of Blue Circle Drive. A temporary by-pass road has also been completed on Red Circle Drive. This roadway configuration will allow for ongoing tunnel construction on Highway 62 and will be in place until Fall 2020. See a map of the roadway changes below.

Opus Station Area

Earthwork continues in this area. Retaining wall work is ongoing, north of the station area.

Smetana Road

Smetana Road from Feltl Road to Nolan Drive is closed through 2020. A temporary bypass is in place west of the intersection of Smetana and Feltl roads to accommodate traffic in this area. See detour maps below. Watermain and sanitary sewer work will continue in the area.

Hopkins

Minnetonka-Hopkins Bridge Area

Preparation work including tree clearing and ground cover removal for the Minnetonka-Hopkins Bridge continues. Crews will start clearing work closest to the railroad line and will move south. Crews have started to build an access road.

Downtown Hopkins Station

Work is complete on the station’s structural steel elements that support the walls and roof canopy. Other station work activities will pick up as the weather gets nicer.

Excelsior Boulevard Area

Crews continue to work on the LRT bridge and underground utilities in the area. Piers continue to take shape and work on both bridge abutments is ongoing with pile driving and sheeting work.

Blake Road

Crews continue constructing a cut and cover tunnel for the regional trail on the west side of Blake Road. Southbound traffic will continue to be diverted to the east side of the road, with one lane in each direction, through the spring.

St. Louis Park

Minnehaha Creek

Work on the new freight and trail bridges will continue in this area. The abutments are complete. With warmer weather in the forecast, crews will begin backfilling retaining walls in the next few weeks. Work will also pick up in the spring to set bridge girders

Louisiana Avenue

This spring crews will begin work to place bridge beams over the roadway, two overnight closures are anticipated but not yet scheduled. East of Louisiana Avenue, crews are working on the pedestrian/bike tunnel to the station. Piling driving for the tunnel that will extend under the freight tracks to the station is underway. Shoring and sheeting work for the southerly railroad connection, that will replace the current wye track, along Oxford Street is beginning next week.

Wooddale Avenue

Wooddale Avenue between West 36th Street and Highway 7, in the immediate vicinity of the Southwest Project, is reduced to one lane in each direction. Pedestrian access is maintained. Crews are constructing the west approach for the regional trail tunnel. A full road closure will be needed for 30 days, anticipated in late spring, more details to follow. Utility work also continues in the area, with roadway impacts to the southwest.

Highway 100

The project will be re-positioning the existing freight rail bridge and will build a new LRT bridge over Highway 100 later this year. Bridge abutment work is ongoing.

Beltline Boulevard

Beginning on March 13, Beltline will be closed for up to two days to set bridge trusses. The roadway will be closed to vehicle traffic, which will be detoured to Highway 100. Pedestrians and bikers will be flagged through the work area. However, pedestrians and bikers may encounter extended wait times if you arrive as they are placing the trusses.

Minneapolis

Kenilworth Area Construction

Sheet piling for the Kenilworth tunnel continues. One of the press-in-pilers will continue working south from 28th Street. The second press-in-piler is moving north from 28th Street on the freight rail side. It will stop short of Cedar Lake Parkway and return south, working towards Lake Street. Sheeting installation is expected to last until Summer 2020.

Tunnel excavation is anticipated to begin Spring 2020. 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 is also available.

In preparation for future tunnel work, a Metropolitan Council Environmental Services sanitary sewer force main needs to be temporarily relocated, with crews working around 28th Street. Xcel is moving a conflicting electrical pole from the area. After this work is complete, Dean Court will become a two-way roadway and will remain in this configuration for six to eight weeks. We anticipate the roadway reconfiguration will be implemented in mid-to late March. We will provide updates as work progresses.

Cedar Lake (Kenilworth) Channel and Works Progress Administration (WPA)

Piling for the final freight bridge abutment on the north is expected to be completed in the next two weeks. Following this activity, temporary sheeting will be removed from the channel. This activity also generates vibration. Then focus will switch to concrete work, bridge spans and utility work.

21st Street

Earthwork has begun in the area between Burnham Road Bridge and 21st Street in Minneapolis. Expect earthmoving equipment such as excavators and dump trucks that will be removing and bringing in soil. Crews are working to make soils suitable for the LRT track foundation.

Bryn Mawr Station Area

Crews continue earthwork in the Bryn Mawr Station area in Minneapolis. Activities include excavating unsuitable soil followed by placing a surcharge consisting of soil brought into the area. Overall, the surcharge will remain for five months to consolidate the underlying soil to provide a suitable foundation for the station.

Glenwood Avenue

Glenwood Avenue between Lyndale Avenue North and 11th Street North is closed until mid‑2021. The roadway is closed to vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic as the bridge has been removed. See detour map below. Local access to businesses continues to be maintained. Crews have made significant progress on utility work and retaining walls in the area. Work on the west abutment for the new roadway bridge continues.

Royalston Avenue

Work on the LRT bridge piers on the east side of Royalston Avenue is ongoing and will continue through the spring. Expect pile driving activities in this area. Northbound Royalston Avenue is reduced to one lane and southbound Royalston Avenue is closed between Border Avenue and 5th Avenue until Summer 2021. Southbound travel on Royalston Avenue, south of 5th Street, is anticipated to close on March 16. See the roadway impact map below.

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 below.

  • 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 Summer 2020.
  • 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, bikes and pedestrians, with separate closures of roadways upcoming at various dates. See detour maps below.

In the Chowen Avenue to Lake Street area, storm sewer and watermain work continues on the side of the trail.

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, bikes and pedestrians remains open at Cedar Lake Parkway and at West 21st Street. See detour map below.

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 below.

Crews constructed a temporary trail bypass in the area where the North Cedar Lake Trail connects to the Kenilworth Trail. Signage is in place to direct trail users onto this newly constructed segment. This work is in preparation for station construction in Spring 2020.

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. Anticipate flaggers in this area as earthwork activities begin in the Bryn Mawr Station area in the next few months.

Workforce Opportunities

  • Lunda Construction Company and C.S. McCrossan Joint Venture (LMJV), along with their subcontractors, community-based organizations, and unions are holding a Southwest Light Rail Transit Construction Career Fair to discuss potential trade positions within their organizations. The event will be held March 26, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Minneapolis Urban League, 2100 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis. Questions can be directed to Sannying Vang at: svang@lundaconstruction.com or 952-209-2123 ext. 246.

SouthWest Transit Station Pedestrian Detour in Eden Prairie

SouthWest Transit Station Pedestrian Detour in Eden Prairie


Prairie Center Drive Lane Reductions

Prairie Center Drive Lane Reductions


Northbound I-494 to Eastbound TH 212 Detour

Northbound I-494 to Eastbound TH 212 Detour


Upcoming: Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie

Upcoming: Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie


Upcoming: Valley View Road/Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie. Seven day notice of the closure will be given.

Valley View Road/Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie Detour Map


Yellow Circle Roadway Changes in Minnetonka

Yellow Circle Roadway Changes in Minnetonka


Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins Detour

Upcoming Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins Detour


Minnesota River Bluff Trail from Shady Oak Road to 5th Avenue Detour

Minnesota River Bluff Trail from Shady Oak Road to 5th Avenue Detour


Cedar Lake and Kenilworth Trail Detours

Cedar Lake and Kenilworth Trail Detours


Beltline Boulevard in St. Louis Park Vehicle Detour

Beltline Boulevard in St. Louis Park Vehicle Detour


Glenwood Avenue in Minneapolis Detour

Glenwood Ave. Closure


Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis

Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis: Upcoming


 

 

 

Southwest LRT Construction Update: February 28, 2020

Web: swlrt.org

Twitter: @SouthwestLRT

Construction Hotline: 612-373-3933

Construction Noise: What to Expect

The 2020 construction season will be very busy. As spring and summer construction gets rolling, we will be actively building major elements such as tunnels, stations, bridges, retaining walls, and track foundation in every segment of the project corridor. Expect to hear us. Common sounds to expect include: piling, diesel engines, workers talking, extra freight trains horns as locomotives move through construction zones, back-up alarms, and movement of materials such as sheeting, concrete or dirt. While we try to minimize construction noise, many sounds can’t be avoided. Through our updates and the work of our outreach coordinators, we strive to give project neighbors details about activities in their immediate vicinity so people can plan accordingly.


Weekly Construction Photo: Minnehaha Creek Bridge in St. Louis Park

 Weekly Construction Photo: Minnehaha Creek Bridge in St. Louis Park

The abutments for the freight and trail bridge over Minnehaha Creek are complete, with bridge deck work and backfill coming this spring.


Highlights

  • Beginning Monday, March 2 the inside lanes (one in each direction) on Prairie Center Drive, between Technology Drive and Singletree Lane will be closed for about six weeks in Eden Prairie (a map with the roadway impacts is included below).
  • An upcoming two-day closure of Beltline Boulevard is anticipated in early-to mid-March to set bridge trusses across the roadway. We will give notice of the date at least a week in advance, as we confirm weather conditions.
  • In the open segment of the South Cedar Lake Trail, between France Avenue and West Lake Street, tree removal between the trail and the freight rail tracks will begin as soon as Monday. During this work, trail users will be diverted onto a temporary gravel/mulch trail. This work will last about a week. Once utility work is completed in the area the temporary trail will be paved for the new permanent trail alignment. Expect flaggers in the area.
  • Next week, earthwork begins in the area between Burnham Road Bridge and 21st Street in Minneapolis. Expect earthmoving equipment such as excavators and dump trucks that will be removing and bringing in dirt. Crews are working to make soils suitable for the LRT track foundation.

On-going Activities Update

Eden Prairie

SouthWest Station Area

SouthWest Transit bus riders continue to use the new temporary facility (see pedestrian detour map below). Utilities have been disconnected in the former facility and demolition activities will be more noticeable in early March.

Pier work, including pile driving, for the new LRT bridge that wraps around the SouthWest Station park-and ride structure will continue into Spring 2020. Sidewalks along Prairie Center and Technology Drive remain closed, please follow local signage to ensure your safety. The right-turn lane on the eastbound Highway 212 ramp to Prairie Center Drive remains closed until Spring 2020, to accommodate the completion of retaining wall work. The retaining wall is nearly complete, crews will need warmer weather to backfill.

Traffic is routed to the HOV lane for the eastbound Highway 212 entrance from Prairie Center Drive as streetlight installation work has started. Lighting work will be ongoing into mid-March. Once the lighting work is completed the crane will be “walked” back across the entrance ramp in the next few weeks.

Prairie Center Drive

On the west side of Prairie Center Drive, near Purgatory Creek Park, excavation and installation of supports for excavation and pile driving for the bridge pier has begun. Beginning Monday, March 2 the inside lanes (one in each direction) on Prairie Center Drive, between Technology Drive and Singletree Lane will be closed for about six weeks (a map with the roadway impacts is included below). Additional lane closures will be needed in the spring as work for piers advances.

Eden Road Area

Retaining wall work has concluded for the winter; backfilling will resume in the spring. Expect activity in the work zone as crews prep for major spring construction.

LRT Bridge at I-494/Flying Cloud Drive

Crews are working on both the south and north abutments. Sheeting to support excavation and foundation piles are being installed. Pile driving activities will finish this week for the north abutment and will continue into March on the south abutment. Traffic control barriers continue to be in place. The I-494 eastbound ramp to Highway 212 remains closed until Spring 2020. See detour map below.

Valley View Road/Flying Cloud Drive

The lane restriction on the ramp from Valley View Road to Highway 212 continues. Traffic is being diverted onto the HOV lane and will remain in this configuration through the winter. Crews are constructing multiple piers for the new LRT bridge. The piers are at different stages of completion, with crews working on pile supports and formwork. In early to mid-March, overnight road closures to set bridge girders (support beams) are anticipated. A date has not yet been set; we will give notice at least seven days in advance. See the upcoming detour map below.

In March, Flying Cloud Drive between Eden Road and Valley View Road will have four phases of different traffic impacts, specifically lane reductions and closures, as crews build LRT infrastructure along the north/west side of the roadway. These four phases will last the duration of the 2020 construction season. This work will also have impacts on connecting roadways at various times. The initial phase, which will last for about a month, will close the two inside lanes and traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction on Flying Cloud Drive. The west bound exit from Highway 494 to Flying Cloud Drive will also close for the 2020 construction season. See the upcoming traffic map below.

Nine Mile Creek

Pile driving for the LRT bridge structure and abutments at Nine Mile Creek will continue through the winter. Crews are working on the south abutment and piers continue to take shape. The sidewalk on the west side of Flying Cloud Drive is closed; pedestrians should use the east side.

Golden Triangle Station

Crews are removing an abandoned pipe, which will be completed in mid-March. Piling is ongoing in the area. Overall, work has progressed to a point where we can shift more construction activities to daytime. Additional night work may be scheduled in the future as work between the Golden Triangle Station and the bridge over Shady Oak Road and Highway 212 continues.

Shady Oak Road/Flying Cloud Drive

Storm sewer work will resume in area after other utility conflicts are cleared. Please expect minor traffic impacts on the east side of the Shady Oak/Highway 212 intersection. Overall storm sewer work will take four months, with additional impacts anticipated.

Minnetonka

Highway 62

The traffic lanes have been shifted to the south side of the highway corridor to accommodate tunnel construction which is underway on the north side of the highway. This traffic configuration will be in place through 2020. Crews continue excavation and sheet piling work for the LRT tunnel. In early-March crews will begin laying the bottom leveling slab of the north tunnel section.

Red Circle Drive and Yellow Circle Drive

Yellow and Red Circle Drives have been reconfigured. Yellow Circle Drive is temporarily dead ended with a cul-de-sac where it connects to Red Circle Drive, and Yellow Circle has temporarily become a two-way roadway in the area south of Blue Circle Drive. A temporary by-pass road has also been completed on Red Circle Drive. This roadway configuration will allow for ongoing tunnel construction on Highway 62 and will be in place until Fall 2020. See a map of the roadway changes below.

Opus Station Area

Earthwork is underway in this area. Retaining wall work is ongoing, north of the station area.

Smetana Road

Smetana Road from Feltl Road to Nolan Drive is closed through 2020. A temporary bypass is in place west of the intersection of Smetana and Feltl roads to accommodate traffic in this area. See detour maps below. Watermain and sanitary sewer work will continue in the area.

Hopkins

Minnetonka-Hopkins Bridge Area

Preparation work including tree clearing and ground cover removal for the Minnetonka-Hopkins Bridge has begun. Crews will start clearing work closest to the railroad line and will move south. Crews have started to build an access road.

Downtown Hopkins Station

Work continues on the station’s structural steel elements to support the walls and roof canopy. This work will be completed next week.

Excelsior Boulevard Area

Crews continue to work on the LRT bridge and underground utilities in the area. Piers continue to take shape and work on both bridge abutments is ongoing with pile driving and sheeting work.

Blake Road

Crews continue constructing a cut and cover tunnel for the regional trail on the west side of Blake Road. Southbound traffic will continue to be diverted to the east side of the road, with one lane in each direction, through the winter. This Spring, crews will move to the east side of the roadway and traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction.

St. Louis Park

Minnehaha Creek

Work on the new freight and trail bridge will continue in this area. The abutments are complete. With warmer weather in the forecast, crews will begin backfilling retaining walls in the next few weeks. Work will also pick up in the spring to set bridge girders

Louisiana Avenue

This spring crews will begin work to place bridge beams over the roadway, two overnight closures are anticipated but not yet scheduled. East of Louisiana Avenue, crews are working on the pedestrian/bike tunnel to the station. Piling driving for the tunnel is underway. Shoring and sheeting work for the southern railroad connection, that will replace the current wye track, along Oxford Street is beginning next week.

Wooddale Avenue

Wooddale Avenue between West 36th Street and Highway 7, in the immediate vicinity of the Southwest Project, will be reduced to one lane in each direction on Monday, March 2. Pedestrian access is maintained. Crews are constructing the west approach for the regional trail tunnel. A full road closure will be needed for 30 days, anticipated in late spring, more details to follow. Utility work also continues in the area, with roadway impacts to the southwest.

Highway 100

The project will be re-positioning the existing freight rail bridge and will build a new LRT bridge over Highway 100 later this year. Bridge abutment work is ongoing.

Beltline Boulevard

Work on the new South Cedar Lake Trail Bridge continues. An upcoming two-day closure of Beltline Boulevard is anticipated in early-to mid-March to set bridge trusses across the roadway. We will give notice of the date at least a week in advance, as we confirm weather conditions.

Minneapolis

Kenilworth Area Construction

Additional monitors are being placed in the corridor as work advances next to freight rail. Sheet piling for the Kenilworth tunnel will continue. One of the press-in-pilers will continue working south from 28th Street. The second press-in-piler will continue moving north from 28th Street on the freight rail side. It will stop short of Cedar Lake Parkway and return south, working towards Lake Street. Sheeting installation is expected to last until Summer 2020.

Tunnel excavation is anticipated to begin Spring 2020. 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 is also available.

In preparation for future tunnel work, a Metropolitan Council Environmental Services sanitary sewer force main needs to be temporarily relocated, with crews working around 28th Street. Xcel is moving a conflicting electrical pole from the area. After this work is complete, Dean Court will become a two-way roadway and will remain in this configuration for six to eight weeks. We anticipate the roadway reconfiguration will be implemented in early to mid-March. We will provide updates as work progresses.

Cedar Lake (Kenilworth) Channel and Works Progress Administration (WPA)

Piling for the final freight bridge abutment on the north is expected to be completed in the next two weeks. Following this activity, temporary sheeting will be removed from the channel. This activity also generates vibration. Then focus will switch to concrete work, bridge spans and utility work.

21st Street

Next week, earthwork begins in the area between Burnham Road Bridge and 21st Street in Minneapolis. Expect earthmoving equipment such as excavators and dump trucks that will be removing and bringing in dirt. Crews are working to make soils suitable for the LRT track foundation.

Bryn Mawr Station Area

Crews continue earthwork in the future Bryn Mawr Station area in Minneapolis. Activities include excavating unsuitable soil followed by placing a surcharge consisting of new soil over the station area. Next week is a soil settlement period. Overall, the surcharge will remain for five months to consolidate the underlying soil so that structures can then be built.

Glenwood Avenue

Glenwood Avenue between Lyndale Avenue North and 11th Street North is closed until mid‑2021.  The roadway is closed to vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic as the bridge has been removed. See detour map below. Local access to businesses continues to be maintained. Crews have made significant progress on utility work and retaining walls in the area. Work on the west abutment for the new roadway bridge has begun.

Royalston Avenue

Work on the LRT bridge piers on the east side of Royalston Avenue is ongoing and will continue through the winter. Expect pile driving activities in this area. Northbound Royalston Avenue is reduced to one lane and southbound Royalston Avenue is closed between Border Avenue and 5th Avenue until Summer 2021. Southbound travel on Royalston Avenue, south of 5th Street, is anticipated to close this winter. We will provide a closure date a week or more before the traffic change. See the roadway impact map below.

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 below.

  • 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 Summer 2020.
  • 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, bikes and pedestrians, with separate closures of roadways upcoming at various dates. See detour maps below.

France Avenue in St. Louis Park to West Lake Street in Minneapolis

In the open segment of the South Cedar Lake Trail, between France Avenue and West Lake Street, tree removal between the trail and the freight rail tracks will begin as soon as Monday. During this work, trail users will be diverted onto a temporary gravel/mulch trail. This work will last about a week. Once utility work is completed in the area the temporary trail will be paved for the new permanent trail alignment. Expect flaggers in the area. A map is provided below with the area of work.

In the Chowen Avenue to Lake Street area, storm sewer and watermain work has started on the side of the trail.

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, bikes and pedestrians remains open at Cedar Lake Parkway and at West 21st Street. See detour map below.

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 below.

Crews constructed a temporary trail bypass in the area where the North Cedar Lake Trail connects to the Kenilworth Trail. Signage is in place to direct trail users onto this newly constructed segment. This work is in preparation for station construction in Spring 2020.

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. Anticipate flaggers in this area as earthwork activities begin in the Bryn Mawr Station area in the next few months.

Workforce Opportunities

  • Lunda Construction Company and C.S. McCrossan Joint Venture (LMJV), along with their subcontractors, community-based organizations, and unions are holding a Southwest Light Rail Transit Construction Career Fair to discuss potential trade positions within their organizations. The event will be held March 26, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Minneapolis Urban League, 2100 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis. Questions can be directed to Sannying Vang at: svang@lundaconstruction.com or 952-209-2123 ext. 246.
  • Building Strong Communities is hosting an information session about a seven-week apprenticeship in the construction trades (stipend provided). This program is for women. The Southwest LRT project has a goal of increasing the participation of women during construction. Details: Thursday, March 5 from 3:00-6:00 PM, at the IronWorkers Local 512, 851 West Pierce Butler, St. Paul.

SouthWest Transit Station Pedestrian Detour in Eden Prairie

SouthWest Transit Station Pedestrian Detour in Eden Prairie


Prairie Center Drive Lane Reductions

Prairie Center Drive Lane Reductions


Northbound I-494 to Eastbound TH 212 Detour

Northbound I-494 to Eastbound TH 212 Detour


Upcoming: Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie

Upcoming: Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie


Upcoming: Valley View Road/Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie

Valley View Road/Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie Detour Map


Yellow Circle Roadway Changes in Minnetonka

Yellow Circle Roadway Changes in Minnetonka


Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins Detour

Upcoming Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins Detour


Minnesota River Bluff Trail from Shady Oak Road to 5th Avenue Detour

Minnesota River Bluff Trail from Shady Oak Road to 5th Avenue Detour


Cedar Lake and Kenilworth Trail Detours

Cedar Lake and Kenilworth Trail Detours


France Avenue in St. Louis Park to West Lake Street in Minneapolis Trail Deviation

France Avenue in St. Louis Park to West Lake Street in Minneapolis Trail Deviation


Glenwood Avenue in Minneapolis Detour

Glenwood Ave. Closure


Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis

Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis


Southwest LRT Construction Update: February 14, 2020

Web: swlrt.org

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SouthwestLRT

Construction Hotline: 612-373-3933

Is it a Holiday?  

While we love to celebrate Valentine’s Day, work is proceeding like a normal workday. In case you are wondering if the Southwest Project Office will be closed for Presidents Day on Monday, February 17, the answer is no. We will be in the office or in the field like a normal workday. As a reminder, even outside of regular business hours the Construction Hotline is always answered: 612-373-3933.

Weekly Construction Photo: Bridge Pier Work at Excelsior Boulevard in Hopkins

SWLRT Weekly Construction Photo

Crews work on the formwork necessary to pour concrete for the bridge piers. When completed, this LRT bridge will allow light rail vehicles to travel over traffic at Excelsior Boulevard.


Highlights

  • Wooddale Avenue between West 36th Street and Highway 7 (in the immediate vicinity of the Southwest Project) in St. Louis Park will be reduced to one lane in each direction, anticipated on February 20. Crews will construct the west approach for the regional trail tunnel that will extend under the roadway. Pedestrian access will be maintained. A full closure of Wooddale Avenue is anticipated in late Spring for 30 days.
  • Lunda Construction Company and C.S. McCrossan Joint Venture (LMJV), along with their subcontractors, community-based organizations, and unions are holding a Southwest Light Rail Transit Construction Career Fair to discuss potential trade positions within their organizations. The event will be held March 26, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Minneapolis Urban League, 2100 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis. Questions can be directed to Sannying Vang at: svang@lundaconstruction.com or 952-209-2123 ext. 246.

On-going Activities Update

SouthWest Station Area in Eden Prairie

SouthWest Transit bus riders moved to a new temporary facility on January 20 (see pedestrian detour map below). The former bus loop and waiting area are now part of the active construction site. Demolition activities, like disconnecting utilities, for the former facilities started in February and will continue into the coming weeks. Most of the work is still within the building and will become more noticeable as crews advance activities. Minor demo of the building and bus canopy is anticipated to begin next week.

Pier work, including pile driving, for the new LRT bridge that wraps around the SouthWest Station park-and ride structure will continue into Spring 2020. Sidewalks along Prairie Center and Technology Drive remain closed, please follow local signage to ensure your safety. The right-turn lane on the eastbound Highway 212 ramp to Prairie Center Drive remains closed until Spring 2020, to accommodate the completion of retaining wall work. The retaining wall is nearly complete, crews will need warmer weather to backfill.

Traffic is routed to the HOV lane for the eastbound Highway 212 entrance from Prairie Center Drive as streetlight installation work has started. Lighting work will be ongoing until the end of February. A crane was “walked” across the entrance ramp this past weekend to help drive piles to support the light pole foundation. The crane will be “walked” back when the work is complete.

Purgatory Creek Park/ Prairie Center Drive in Eden Prairie

On the west side of Prairie Center Drive, near Purgatory Creek Park, the area is being prepped for bridge pier work. Piling will begin in this area mid- to late February. As work progresses, sidewalk detours will be needed, and later there will be impacts to roadways. More details to follow as work ramps up.

Eden Road Area in Eden Prairie

Retaining wall work has concluded for the winter; backfilling will resume in the spring.

LRT Bridge at I-494/Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie

Crews are working on both the south and north abutments. Sheeting to support excavation and foundation piles are being installed. Pile driving activities will continue through late-February. Traffic control barriers continue to be in place. The I-494 eastbound ramp to Highway 212 remains closed until Spring 2020. See detour map below.

Valley View Road/Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie

The lane restriction on the ramp from Valley View Road to Highway 212 continues. Traffic is being diverted onto the HOV lane and will remain in this configuration through the winter. Crews are constructing multiple piers for the new LRT bridge. The piers are at different stages of completion, with crews working on pile supports and formwork. In late February, overnight road closures will be needed to set bridge girders (support beams). We will provide notice of the date at least seven days in advance of the closure. See the upcoming detour map below.

Nine Mile Creek in Eden Prairie

Pile driving for the LRT bridge structure and abutments at Nine Mile Creek will continue through the winter. Crews are working on the south abutment and piers are starting to take shape. The sidewalk on the west side of Flying Cloud Drive is closed; pedestrians should use the east side.

Golden Triangle Station in Eden Prairie

Crews are removing an abandoned pipe, which includes excavation. This work will make way for future piling for LRT bridge piers. This activity will be ongoing through February. Work with the abandoned pipe may require nighttime sheeting activities next week. Overall, work has progressed to a point where we can shift more construction activities to daytime. Additional night work may be scheduled in the future as work between the Golden Triangle Station and the bridge over Shady Oak Road and Highway 212 continues.

Shady Oak Road/Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie

Storm sewer work is starting to get underway in the area. Starting as early as the week of February 17, the east most lane of the exit ramp from eastbound Highway 212 to Shady Oak Road will close for six weeks. Right turns will still be allowed. On the opposite (north) side of the intersection, one turn lane on Flying Cloud Drive for about 200 feet will close for six weeks, in the area of the Shady Oak Road/Flying Cloud Drive intersection.

Highway 62 in Minnetonka  

The traffic lanes have been shifted to the south side of the highway to accommodate tunnel construction which is underway on the north side of the highway. This traffic configuration will be in place through 2020. Crews continue excavation and sheet piling work for the LRT tunnel. In late-February crews will begin laying the bottom leveling slab of the tunnel.

Red Circle Drive and Yellow Circle Drive in Minnetonka

Yellow and Red Circle Drives have been reconfigured. Yellow Circle Drive is temporarily dead ended with a cul-de-sac where it connects to Red Circle Drive, and Yellow Circle has become a two-way roadway in the area south of Blue Circle Drive. A temporary by-pass road has also been completed on Red Circle Drive. This roadway configuration will allow for ongoing tunnel construction on Highway 62 and will be in place until Fall 2020. See a map of the roadway changes below.

Opus Station Area in Minnetonka

Earthwork is underway in this area. Retaining wall work is ongoing.

Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins

Smetana Road from Feltl Road to Nolan Drive is closed through 2020. A temporary bypass is in place west of the intersection of Smetana and Feltl roads to accommodate traffic in this area. See detour maps below. Watermain and sanitary sewer work continues in the area.

Feltl Court/Nolan Drive Area in Hopkins

Preparation work including tree clearing and ground cover removal for the Minnetonka-Hopkins Bridge will begin the week of February 17. Crews will start clearing work closest to the railroad line and will move south.

Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail in Hopkins

The Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail in Hopkins is closed between Shady Oak Road and 5th Avenue South. See detour map below.

  • 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 Summer 2020.
  • The section between 11th Avenue South and 5th Avenue South is closed until Fall 2021.

Downtown Hopkins Station

Work continues on the station’s structural steel elements to support the walls and roof canopy into March.

Excelsior Boulevard Area in Hopkins

Crews continue to work on the LRT bridge and underground utilities in the area. Piers in the area are beginning to take shape and work on both bridge abutments is ongoing with pile driving and sheeting work.

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, bikes and pedestrians, with separate closures of roadways upcoming at various dates. See detour maps below.

Blake Road in Hopkins

Crews continue constructing a cut and cover tunnel for the regional trail on the west side of Blake Road. Southbound traffic will continue to be diverted to the east side of the road, with one lane in each direction, through the winter. Next spring, crews will move to the east side of the roadway and traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction.

Minnehaha Creek in St. Louis Park

Work on the new freight and trail bridge will continue in this area. The abutments and pier are complete, and the area will be less active for a short period of time. Work will resume this Spring to set bridge girders and complete the remaining retaining walls in the area. Crews are waiting on warmer weather to continue with work.

Louisiana Avenue in St. Louis Park

Later this winter crews will begin work to place bridge beams over the roadway. East of Louisiana Avenue, crews are beginning the excavation for the pedestrian/bike tunnel to the station. Pile driving for the retaining walls to construct the trail underpass has begun.

Wooddale Avenue in St. Louis Park

Wooddale Avenue between West 36th Street and Highway 7 (in the immediate vicinity of the Southwest Project) in St. Louis Park will be reduced to one lane in each direction, anticipated on February 20. Crews are constructing the west approach for the regional trail tunnel. A full road closure will be needed in the late Spring for 30 days, more details to follow. Utility work also continues in the area, with roadway impacts to the southwest. Pedestrian access will be maintained.

Highway 100 in St. Louis Park

The project will be re-positioning the existing freight rail bridge and will build a new LRT bridge over Highway 100 in the Summer/Fall of 2020. Bridge abutment work is ongoing.

Beltline Boulevard in St. Louis Park

Work on the new South Cedar Lake Trail Bridge continues. Crews are installing falsework. The falsework is used to temporarily support concrete when it is placed for the bridge decking and will be removed once the concrete achieves its appropriate strength.

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, bikes and pedestrians remains open at Cedar Lake Parkway and at West 21st Street. See detour map below.

Chowen Avenue to Lake Street in Minneapolis

Storm sewer and watermain work has started. Work will not impact the trails, but flaggers may be in the area as construction equipment is moved.

Kenilworth Area Construction in Minneapolis

Sheet piling for the Kenilworth tunnel continues. One of the press-in-pilers is currently working south from 28th Street. The second press-in-piler is moving north from 28th Street on the freight rail side. It will stop short of Cedar Lake Parkway and return south, working towards Lake Street. Sheeting installation is expected to last until Summer 2020.

Tunnel excavation is anticipated to begin Spring 2020. 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 is also available.

In preparation for future tunnel work, a Metropolitan Council Environmental Services sanitary sewer force main needs to be temporarily relocated, with crews working around 28th Street. Xcel is moving a conflicting electrical pole from the area. After this work is complete, Dean Court will become a two-way roadway and will remain in this configuration for six to eight weeks. We anticipate the roadway reconfiguration will be in place by February 24. We will provide updates if this changes.

Cedar Lake (Kenilworth) Channel and Works Progress Administration (WPA) in Minneapolis

Crews are finishing the concrete for the final freight bridge pier and have removed temporary sheeting from the channel. Abutment work on the north side of the channel is ongoing. The focus will switch to concrete work and bridge spans. Some sheeting needs to be removed and there is one retaining wall in the area left to complete.

21st Street in Minneapolis

Retaining wall activities are being completed in the area. Intermittent work will continue.

Bryn Mawr Station Area in Minneapolis

Crews continue earthwork in the future Bryn Mawr Station area in Minneapolis. Activities include excavating unsuitable soil followed by placing a surcharge consisting of new soil over the station area. Overall, the surcharge will remain for five months to consolidate the underlying soil so that structures can then be built.

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 below.

Crews constructed a temporary trail bypass in the area where the North Cedar Lake Trail connects to the Kenilworth Trail. New signage is in place to direct trail users onto this newly constructed segment. This work is in preparation for station construction in Spring 2020.

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. Anticipate flaggers in this area as earthwork activities begin in the Bryn Mawr Station area in the next few months.

Glenwood Avenue in Minneapolis

Glenwood Avenue between Lyndale Avenue North and 11th Street North is closed until mid‑2021. The roadway is closed to vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic as the bridge has been removed. See detour map below. Local access to businesses continues to be maintained. Crews have made significant progress on utility work and retaining walls in the area. Work on the west abutment for the new roadway bridge has begun.

Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis

Work on the LRT bridge piers on the east side of Royalston Avenue is ongoing and will continue through the winter. Expect pile driving activities in this area. Northbound Royalston Avenue is reduced to one lane and southbound Royalston Avenue is closed between Border Avenue and 5th Avenue until Summer 2021. Southbound travel on Royalston Avenue, south of 5th Street, is anticipated to close this winter. We will provide a closure date a week or more before the traffic change. See the roadway impact map below.


SouthWest Transit Station Pedestrian Detour in Eden Prairie

Ped Detour SouthWest Station


Northbound I-494 to Eastbound TH 212 Detour

Northbound I-494 to Eastbound TH 212 Detour


Upcoming: Valley View Road/Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie

Valley View Road/Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie Detour


Yellow Circle Roadway Changes in Minnetonka

Yellow Circle Roadway Changes in Minnetonka


Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins Detour

Upcoming Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins Detour


Minnesota River Bluff Trail from Shady Oak Road to 5th Avenue Detour

Minnesota River Bluff Trail from Shady Oak Road to 5th Avenue Detour


Cedar Lake and Kenilworth Trail Detours

Cedar Lake and Kenilworth Trail Detours


Glenwood Avenue in Minneapolis Detour

Glenwood Ave. Closure


Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis

Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis V2


Southwest LRT Construction Update: February 7, 2020

Web: swlrt.org

Twitter: @SouthwestLRT

Construction Hotline: 612-373-3933

Piles, Piling, and More Piles

A common theme in the Construction Updates is piling activities. Almost every project segment has had piling activities since construction began. In many areas, piling is the predominant activity of 2019 and into 2020. Piles are used to support the foundations of bridges, track, and other structures. Sheet piling is used to support excavation work, build cofferdams, abutments, walls, and other construction elements. In fact, if you laid all the piles being used on the project end to end they would stretch from the Twin Cities to Duluth! Once the foundations of structures are in place, the region’s new LRT line will start to take shape.


Weekly Construction Photo: Bridge Pier Work on Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis

Bridge Pier Work on Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis

Progress is being made on the LRT bridge spanning from Royalston Avenue over North 5th Avenue and North 7th Street. Crews are working on the bridge piers and abutments, with intermitent pile driving in the area.


Highlights

  • This weekend, February 7-9, a crane will be “walked” across the eastbound Highway 212 entrance from Prairie Center Drive in Eden Prairie. Crews will move the crane during the overnight hours. Expect an intermittent lane closure with flaggers for this activity.
  • Wooddale Avenue in St. Louis Park will be reduced to one lane in each direction starting as early as February 17 to begin the west approach for the regional trail tunnel that will extend under the roadway. Expect traffic lanes shifts in the area, please follow area construction signs. Pedestrian access will be maintained.

On-going Activities Update

SouthWest Station Area in Eden Prairie

SouthWest Transit bus riders moved to a new temporary facility on January 20 (see pedestrian detour map below). The former bus loop and waiting area are now part of the active construction site. Demolition activities, like disconnecting utilities, for the former facilities started in February and will continue into the coming weeks. Most of the work is still within the building and will become more noticeable as crews advance activities.

Pier work for the new LRT bridge that wraps around the SouthWest Station park-and ride structure will continue into Spring 2020. Sidewalks along Prairie Center and Technology Drive remain closed, please follow local signage to ensure your safety. The right-turn lane on the eastbound Highway 212 ramp to Prairie Center Drive remains closed until Spring 2020, to accommodate the completion of retaining wall work. The retaining wall is nearly complete, crews will need warmer weather to backfill.

Beginning the week of February 10, for about three weeks, traffic will be routed to the HOV lane for the eastbound Highway 212 entrance from Prairie Center Drive, as crews install lighting. A crane will also be walked across the entrance ramp this weekend. Expect intermittent lane closure and flaggers in the area.

Purgatory Creek Park/ Prairie Center Drive in Eden Prairie

On the west side of Prairie Center Drive, near Purgatory Creek Park, the area is being prepped for bridge pier work. Piling will begin in this area the week of February 10. As work progresses, sidewalk detours will be needed, and later there will be impacts to roadways. More details to follow as work ramps up.

Eden Road Area in Eden Prairie

Retaining wall work has concluded for the winter; backfilling will resume in the spring. Work to remove storm sewer in the area is beginning the week of February 10, as well as general preparation work for the next phase of construction. All of this work is in the established work zone.

LRT Bridge at I-494/Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie

Crews are working on both the south and north abutments. Sheeting to support excavation and foundation piles are being installed. Pile driving activities will continue through late-February. Traffic control barriers continue to be in place. The I-494 eastbound ramp to Highway 212 remains closed until Spring 2020. See detour map below.

Valley View Road/Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie

The lane restriction on the ramp from Valley View Road to Highway 212 continues. Traffic is being diverted onto the HOV lane and will remain in this configuration through the winter. Crews are constructing multiple piers for the new LRT bridge. The piers are at different stages of completion, with crews working on pile supports and formwork. As early as the week of February 17, overnight road closures will be needed to set bridge girders (support beams). We will provide notice of the date at least seven days in advance of the closure. See the upcoming detour map below.

Nine Mile Creek in Eden Prairie

Pile driving for the LRT bridge structure and abutments at Nine Mile Creek will continue through the winter. Crews are working on the south abutment and piers are starting to take shape. The sidewalk on the west side of Flying Cloud Drive is closed; pedestrians should use the east side.

Golden Triangle Station in Eden Prairie

Daytime pile driving for bridge piers will be the focus of work activities in this area through the spring. Crews are removing an abandoned pipe, which is related to the construction of the piers. This activity will be ongoing for approximately a month. The work with abandoned pipe may require nighttime sheeting activities next week. Overall, work has progressed to a point where we can shift more construction activities to daytime. Additional night work may be scheduled in the future as work between the Golden Triangle Station and the bridge over Shady Oak Road and Highway 212 continues.

Highway 62 in Minnetonka  

The traffic lanes have been shifted to the south side of the highway to accommodate tunnel construction which is underway on the north side of the highway. This traffic configuration will be in place through 2020. Crews continue excavation and sheet piling work for the LRT tunnel. In late-February crews will begin laying the bottom leveling slab of the tunnel.

Red Circle Drive and Yellow Circle Drive in Minnetonka

Yellow and Red Circle Drives have been reconfigured. Yellow Circle Drive is temporarily dead ended with a cul-de-sac where it connects to Red Circle Drive, and Yellow Circle has become a two-way roadway in the area south of Blue Circle Drive. A temporary by-pass road has also been completed on Red Circle Drive. This roadway configuration will allow for ongoing tunnel construction on Highway 62 and will be in place until Fall 2020. See a map of the roadway changes below.

Opus Station Area in Minnetonka

Earthwork is underway in this area. Retaining wall work is ongoing.

Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins

Smetana Road from Feltl Road to Nolan Drive is closed through 2020. A temporary bypass is in place west of the intersection of Smetana and Feltl roads to accommodate traffic in this area. See detour maps below. Watermain and sanitary sewer work continues in the area. Retaining wall work is anticipated to begin in early February in the area just north of Smetana Road.

Feltl Court/Nolan Drive Area in Hopkins

Preparation work including tree clearing and ground cover removal for the Minnetonka-Hopkins Bridge will begin the week of February 10. Crews will start clearing work closest to the railroad line and will move south.

Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail in Hopkins

The Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail in Hopkins is closed between Shady Oak Road and 5th Avenue South. See detour map below.

  • 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 Summer 2020.
  • The section between 11th Avenue South and 5th Avenue South is closed until Fall 2021.

Downtown Hopkins Station

The Downtown Hopkins Station is starting to look like an LRT station. Work on the station’s structural steel elements to support the walls and roof canopy will continue through the month of February.

Excelsior Boulevard Area in Hopkins

Crews continue to work on the LRT bridge and underground utilities in the area. Piers in the area are beginning to take shape and work on both bridge abutments is ongoing with pile driving and sheeting work.

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, bikes and pedestrians, with separate closures of roadways upcoming at various dates. See detour maps below.

Blake Road in Hopkins

Crews are constructing a cut and cover tunnel for the regional trail under Blake Road. Southbound traffic will continue to be diverted to the east side of the road, with one lane in each direction, through the winter. Next spring, crews will move to the east side of the roadway and traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction.

Minnehaha Creek in St. Louis Park

Work on the new freight and trail bridge abutments continues in this area. The west abutments are almost complete.

Louisiana Avenue in St. Louis Park

Later this winter crews will begin work to place bridge beams over the roadway. East of Louisiana Avenue, crews are beginning the excavation for the pedestrian/bike tunnel to the station. Pile driving for the retaining walls to construct the trail underpass is anticipated to begin the week of February 10.

Wooddale Avenue in St. Louis Park

Wooddale Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction starting as early as February 17 to begin the west approach for the regional trail tunnel. A full road closure will be needed in the late spring, more details to follow. Utility work also continues in the area, with roadway impacts to the southwest. Pedestrian access will be maintained.

Highway 100 in St. Louis Park

The project will be re-positioning the existing freight rail bridge and will build a new LRT bridge over Highway 100 in the Summer/Fall of 2020. Bridge abutment work is ongoing.

Beltline Boulevard in St. Louis Park

Work on the new South Cedar Lake Trail Bridge continues. Crews are installing falsework. The falsework is used to temporarily support concrete when it is placed for the bridge decking and will be removed once the concrete achieves appropriate strength.

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, bikes and pedestrians remains open at Cedar Lake Parkway and at West 21st Street. See detour map below.

Chowen Avenue to Lake Street in Minneapolis

Storm sewer and watermain work will occur during the winter months. Work is anticipated to begin the week of February 10. Work will not impact the trails, but flaggers may be in the area as construction equipment is moved.

Kenilworth Area Construction in Minneapolis

Sheet piling for the Kenilworth tunnel continues. One of the press-in-pilers is currently working south from 28th Street. The second press-in-piler is moving north from 28th Street on the freight rail side. It will stop short of Cedar Lake Parkway and return south, working towards Lake Street. Sheeting installation is expected to last until Summer 2020.

Tunnel excavation is anticipated to begin Spring 2020. 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 is also available.

In preparation for future tunnel work, a Metropolitan Council Environmental Services sanitary sewer force main needs to be temporarily relocated, with crews working around 28th Street. Limited tree and shrub removal is anticipated to occur next week, with fencing following. Then construction of a pipe receiving pit will begin, followed by the installation of a new pipe. Construction crews refer to this process as “pipe jacking,” which means a prefabricated pipe is pushed through the ground. As soon as February 17, Dean Court will become a two-way roadway and will remain in this configuration for six to eight weeks.

Cedar Lake (Kenilworth) Channel and Works Progress Administration (WPA) in Minneapolis

Crews are finishing the concrete for the final freight bridge pier and have removed temporary sheeting. Abutment work on the north side of the channel is ongoing. Progress on a retaining wall directly north of the channel is also ongoing with concrete work.

21st Street in Minneapolis

Retaining wall activities are being completed in the area. Intermittent work will continue.

Bryn Mawr Station Area in Minneapolis

Crews continue earthwork in the future Bryn Mawr Station area in Minneapolis. Activities include excavating unsuitable soil followed by placing a surcharge consisting of new soil over the station area. Overall, the surcharge will remain for five months to consolidate the underlying soil so that structures can then be built.

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 below.

Crews constructed a temporary trail bypass in the area where the North Cedar Lake Trail connects to the Kenilworth Trail. New signage is in place to direct trail users onto this newly constructed segment. This work is in preparation for station construction in Spring 2020.

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. Anticipate flaggers in this area as earthwork activities begin in the Bryn Mawr Station area in the next few months.

Glenwood Avenue in Minneapolis

Glenwood Avenue between Lyndale Avenue North and 11th Street North is closed until mid‑2021. See detour map below. Local access to businesses continues to be maintained. Crews have made significant progress on utility work and retaining walls in the area. Work on the west abutment for the new roadway bridge has begun.

Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis

Work on the LRT bridge piers on the east side of Royalston Avenue is ongoing and will continue through the winter. Expect pile driving activities in this area. Northbound Royalston Avenue is reduced to one lane and southbound Royalston Avenue is closed between Border Avenue and 5th Avenue until Summer 2021. See the roadway impact map below.


SouthWest Transit Station Pedestrian Detour in Eden Prairie

SouthWest Transit Station Pedestrian Detour in Eden Prairie


Northbound I-494 to Eastbound TH 212 Detour

Northbound I-494 to Eastbound TH 212 Detour


Valley View Road/Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie

Valley View Road/Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie Detour Map


Yellow Circle Roadway Changes in Minnetonka

Yellow Circle Roadway Changes in Minnetonka


Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins Detour

Upcoming Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins Detour


Minnesota River Bluff Trail from Shady Oak Road to 5th Avenue Detour

Minnesota River Bluff Trail from Shady Oak Road to 5th Avenue Detour


Cedar Lake and Kenilworth Trail Detours

Cedar Lake and Kenilworth Trail Detours


Glenwood Avenue in Minneapolis Detour

Glenwood Ave. Closure


Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis

Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis


 

 

 

Southwest LRT Construction Update: January 31, 2020


Web: swlrt.org

Twitter: @SouthwestLRT

Construction Hotline: 612-373-3933

Construction Bulletins

If you live near the corridor, chances are you’ve received a Construction Bulletin dropped at your door by one of the Community Outreach Coordinators to alert you to changing conditions. As the 2020 construction season ramps up, we are expanding the idea of “boots on the ground” to our electronic communications. The outreach coordinators will continue to door knock when needed, and we will communicate construction bulletins through Twitter and email. As area specific changes occur between our regular Friday updates, (e.g., road closure being delayed or work starting in an area sooner), we will issue a construction bulletin update. We look forward to your feedback as we take steps to enhance real-time construction information.


Weekly Construction Photo: Piling at Nine Mile Creek in Eden Prairie

Picture of pilings at Nine Mile Creek

Work to install piles to support LRT infrastructure is ongoing in the area. Piles are driven into the ground until they reach the proper depth and then are cut-off to the appropriate height.


Highlights

  • Within the established work zone, general site prep and storm sewer work resumes around the Eden Road area in Eden Prairie in early February.
  • Crews continue earthwork in the future Bryn Mawr Station area in Minneapolis. Continue to expect periodic flagging on nearby trails.

On-going Activities Update

SouthWest Station Area in Eden Prairie

SouthWest Transit bus riders moved to a new temporary facility on January 20 (see pedestrian detour map below). The former bus loop and waiting area are now part of the active construction site. Demolition activities, like disconnecting utilities, for the former facilities started last week and will continue into the coming weeks. Most of the work is still within the building and will become more noticeable as crews advance activities.

Pier work for the new LRT bridge that wraps around the SouthWest Station park-and ride structure will continue into Spring 2020. Sidewalks along Prairie Center and Technology Drive remain closed, please follow local signage to ensure your safety. The right-turn lane on the eastbound Highway 212 ramp to Prairie Center Drive remains closed until Spring 2020, to accommodate the completion of retaining wall work. The retaining wall is nearly complete, crews will need warmer weather to properly backfill.

Beginning the week of February 3, for about three weeks, traffic will periodically be routed to the HOV lane for the eastbound Highway 212 entrance from Prairie Center Drive, as crews install lighting. Additionally, very short-term lane closures, between 12:30 AM and 4:30 PM to the exit/entrance ramp is currently planned for the weekend of February 7-9. Crews will need to move a crane across the lanes of traffic. Expect flaggers in the area, as the crane will just impact traffic for a few minutes.

Purgatory Creek Park/ Prairie Center Drive in Eden Prairie

On the west side of Prairie Center Drive, near Purgatory Creek Park, bridge pier work started with fencing and site prep. Piling will begin in this area in mid-February. As work progresses, sidewalk detours will be needed, and later there will be impacts to roadways. More details to follow as work ramps up.

Eden Road Area in Eden Prairie

Retaining wall work has concluded for the winter; backfilling will resume in the spring. Work to remove storm sewer in the area is beginning the week of February 10, as well as general preparation work for the next phase of spring construction. All this work is in the established work zone.

LRT Bridge at I-494/Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie

Pile driving activities for the north abutment will continue through mid-February. Then pile driving crews will move to the south abutment. Pile driving activities for the abutments in this area are expected to be completed around the end of February. Traffic control barriers continue to be in place. The I-494 eastbound ramp to Highway 212 remains closed until Spring 2020. See detour map below.

Valley View Road/Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie

The lane restriction on the ramp from Valley View Road to Highway 212 continues. Traffic is being diverted onto the HOV lane and will remain in this configuration through the winter. Crews are constructing multiple piers for the new LRT bridge. The piers are at different stages of completion, with crews working on pile supports and formwork.

Nine Mile Creek in Eden Prairie

Pile driving for the LRT bridge structure and abutments at Nine Mile Creek will continue through the winter. Crews are working on the south abutment and piers are starting to take shape. The sidewalk on the west side of Flying Cloud Drive is closed; pedestrians should use the east side.

Golden Triangle Station in Eden Prairie

Daytime pile driving for bridge piers will be the focus of work activities in this area over the coming weeks. Major new sanitary sewer work in the area as well as the structural steel for the station has been completed, with utility removals continuing. Work has progressed to a point where we can shift more construction activities to daytime. Additional night work may be scheduled in the future as work between the Golden Triangle Station and the bridge over Shady Oak Road and Highway 212 continues. Pile driving will continue into Summer 2020. 

Highway 62 in Minnetonka  

The traffic lanes have been shifted to the south side of the highway to accommodate tunnel construction which is underway on the north side of the highway. This traffic configuration will be in place through 2020. Crews continue excavation for the LRT tunnel.

Red Circle Drive and Yellow Circle Drive in Minnetonka

Yellow and Red Circle Drives have been reconfigured. Yellow Circle Drive is temporarily dead ended with a cul-de-sac where it connects to Red Circle Drive, and Yellow Circle has become a two-way roadway in the area south of Blue Circle Drive. A temporary by-pass road has also been completed on Red Circle Drive. This roadway configuration will allow for ongoing tunnel construction on Highway 62 and will be in place until Fall 2020. See a map of the roadway changes below.

Opus Station Area in Minnetonka

Earthwork is underway in this area. Retaining wall work is resuming next week.

Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins

Smetana Road from Feltl Road to Nolan Drive is closed through 2020. A temporary bypass is in place west of the intersection of Smetana and Feltl roads to accommodate traffic in this area. See detour maps below. Watermain and sanitary sewer work continues in the area. Retaining wall work is anticipated to begin next week in the area just north of Smetana Road.

Feltl Court/Nolan Drive Area in Hopkins

Preparation work including tree clearing and ground cover removal for the Minnetonka-Hopkins Bridge will begin in the next few weeks.

Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail in Hopkins

The Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail in Hopkins is closed between Shady Oak Road and 5th Avenue South. See detour map below.

  • 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 Summer 2020.
  • The section between 11th Avenue South and 5th Avenue South is closed until Fall 2021.

Downtown Hopkins Station

Foundation work for the station is complete.  Work on the station’s structural steel to support the walls and roof canopy started and will be ongoing through the spring.

Excelsior Boulevard Area in Hopkins

Crews continue to work on the LRT bridge and underground utilities in the area. Piers in the area are beginning to take shape and work on both bridge abutments is ongoing with pile driving and sheeting work.

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, bikes and pedestrians, with separate closures of roadways upcoming at various dates. See detour maps below.

Blake Road in Hopkins

Crews are constructing a cut and cover tunnel for the regional trail under Blake Road. Southbound traffic will continue to be diverted to the east side of the road, with one lane in each direction, through the winter. Next spring, crews will move to the east side of the roadway and traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction.

Minnehaha Creek in St. Louis Park

Work on the new freight and trail bridge abutments continues in this area. The west abutments are almost complete.

Louisiana Avenue in St. Louis Park

Later this winter crews will begin work to place bridge beams over the roadway. East of Louisiana Avenue, crews are beginning the excavation for the pedestrian/bike tunnel to the station. Pile driving for the retaining walls to construct the trail underpass is anticipated the week of February 10.

Wooddale Avenue in St. Louis Park

Retaining wall work in the area is anticipated to start in the coming weeks. Impacts to the roadway, such as lane shifts, are anticipated as early as late February, more details to follow in the coming weeks. Utility work started in the area to make way for upcoming work on the regional trail underpass and Wooddale Station.

Highway 100 in St. Louis Park

The project will be re-positioning the existing freight rail bridge and will build a new LRT bridge over Highway 100 in the spring/summer of 2020. Work on east bring abutment is ongoing and west bridge abutment will start within the next few weeks.

Beltline Boulevard in St. Louis Park

Work on the new South Cedar Lake Trail Bridge continues. Crews are constructing beams, rebar and “falsework” (items only needed to complete construction that are later removed) for the bridge.

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, bikes and pedestrians remains open at Cedar Lake Parkway and at West 21st Street. See detour map below.

Chowen Avenue to Lake Street in Minneapolis

Storm sewer and watermain work will occur during the winter months. Work is anticipated in this area as early as mid-February.

Kenilworth Area Construction in Minneapolis

Sheet piling for the Kenilworth tunnel continues. One of the press-in-pilers is currently working south from 28th Street. The second press-in-piler, which arrived in the corridor in early January, is moving north from 28th street, on the freight rail side. It will also stop short of Cedar Lake Parkway and return south, working towards Lake Street. Sheeting installation is expected to last until Summer 2020.

Tunnel excavation is anticipated to begin Spring 2020. 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 is also available.

In preparation for future tunnel work, a Metropolitan Council Environmental Services sanitary sewer force main needs to be temporarily relocated, with crews working around 28th Street. Limited tree and shrub removal will is anticipated to occur next week, with fencing following. During the week of February 10, construction of a pipe receiving pit will begin, followed by the installation of a new pipe. Construction crews refer to this process as “pipe jacking,” which means a prefabricated pipe is pushed through the ground. As soon as February 17, Dean Court one-way egress will close and the road will become two-way.

Cedar Lake (Kenilworth) Channel and Works Progress Administration (WPA) in Minneapolis

Crews are finishing the concrete for the final freight bridge pier. Abutment work will continue later in February, north of the channel.

21st Street in Minneapolis

Retaining wall activities are being completed in the area. Intermittent work will continue.

Bryn Mawr Station Area in Minneapolis

Crews continue earthwork in the future Bryn Mawr Station area in Minneapolis. Activities will include period of activity to remove poor soils followed by planned period of settlement to construct a surcharge, which is a method of stabilizing soil so that structures can be built.

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 below.

Crews constructed a temporary trail bypass in the area where the North Cedar Lake Trail connects to the Kenilworth Trail. New signage is in place to direct trail users onto this newly constructed segment. This work is in preparation for station construction in Spring 2020.

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. Anticipate flaggers in this area as earthwork activities begin in the Bryn Mawr Station area in the next few months.

Glenwood Avenue in Minneapolis

Glenwood Avenue between Lyndale Avenue North and 11th Street North is closed until mid‑2021. See detour map below. Local access to businesses continues to be maintained. Crews have made significant progress on utility work and retaining walls in the area. Work on the west abutment for the new roadway bridge begins in February.

Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis

Work on the LRT bridge piers on the east side of Royalston Avenue is ongoing and will continue through the winter. Expect pile driving activities in this area. Northbound Royalston Avenue is reduced to one lane and southbound Royalston Avenue is closed between Border Avenue and 5th Avenue until Summer 2021. See the roadway impact map below.


SouthWest Transit Station Pedestrian Detour in Eden Prairie

SouthWest Transit Station Pedestrian Detour in Eden Prairie


Northbound I-494 to Eastbound TH 212 Detour

Northbound I-494 to Eastbound TH 212 Detour


Yellow Circle Roadway Changes in Minnetonka

Yellow Circle Roadway Changes in Minnetonka


Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins Detour

Upcoming Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins Detour


Minnesota River Bluff Trail from Shady Oak Road to 5th Avenue Detour

Minnesota River Bluff Trail from Shady Oak Road to 5th Avenue Detour


Cedar Lake and Kenilworth Trail Detours

Cedar Lake and Kenilworth Trail Detours


Glenwood Avenue in Minneapolis Detour

Glenwood Ave. Closure


Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis

Southwest LRT Construction Update: January 24, 2020

Web: swlrt.org

Twitter: @SouthwestLRT

Construction Hotline: 612-373-3933

Ongoing Utility Work

Utility relocation is one of the first activities in a construction area. There are multiple needs that drive utility work. Utilities need to be relocated and are placed in areas to minimize impacts to new LRT infrastructure while providing access to conduct regular maintenance. During construction, some utilities are temporarily rerouted so construction activities can occur. Utility companies are often working jointly with the civil contractor in the corridor. Utility impacts are noticed in advance of outages. Questions can always be directed to the project hotline or your Community Outreach Coordinator.


Example of utility work on Smetana Road in Hopkins/Minnetonka

Example of utility work on Smetana Road in Hopkins/Minnetonka


Weekly Construction Photo: Cedar Lake Channel Freight Bridge in Minneapolis

Weekly Construction Photo: Cedar Lake Channel Freight Bridge in Minneapolis

Crews are working on the final pier and completing abutment work for the Cedar Lake Channel freight bridge, with final span work to follow. Once the new freight rail bridge is completed in the spring, the old freight rail bridge will be removed, and a new LRT bridge will be built.

Rendering of completed Cedar Lake Channel LRT bridge

Rendering of the future trail and LRT bridges, with the freight rail bridge in the background.


Highlights

  • The SouthWest temporary Bus Station opened on Monday, January 20.
  • Partial demolition of the old SouthWest Station facilities began this week. Demolition activities will be more notable starting in early February.
  • Structural steel work for the Downtown Hopkins station has begun and will be ongoing through February.
  • A few major utility relocations are nearing completion on Glenwood Avenue in Minneapolis. Work to on the west abutments of the new road bridge starts early February. Three bridges are being constructed: an east roadway span, a west roadway span, and an LRT bridge.

On-going Activities Update

SouthWest Station Area in Eden Prairie

SouthWest Transit bus riders moved to a new temporary facility on January 20 (see pedestrian detour map below). The former bus loop and waiting area is now part of the active construction site. Demolition activities, like disconnecting utilities, for the former facilities have started this week and will continue into the coming weeks.

Pier work for the new LRT bridge that wraps around the SouthWest Station park-and ride structure will continue into Spring 2020. Sidewalks along Prairie Center and Technology Drive remain closed, please follow local signage to ensure your safety. The right-turn lane on the eastbound Highway 212 ramp to Prairie Center Drive remains closed until Spring 2020, to accommodate the completion of retaining wall work. The retaining wall is nearly complete, crews will need warmer weather to property backfill.

Purgatory Creek Park/ Prairie Center Drive in Eden Prairie

On the west side of Prairie Center Drive, near Purgatory Creek Park, bridge pier work will begin next week. As work progresses, sidewalk detours will be needed, and later there will be impacts to roadways. More details to follow as work ramps up.

Eden Road Area in Eden Prairie

Retaining wall work has concluded for the winter; backfilling will resume in the spring.

LRT Bridge at I-494/Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie

Pile driving activities for the north abutment started earlier in mid-January. Work on the south abutment will follow the north abutment. Pile driving for the abutments will last through February. Traffic control barriers continue to be in place. The I-494 eastbound ramp to Highway 212 remains closed until Spring 2020. See detour map below.

Valley View Road/Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie

The lane restriction on the ramp from Valley View Road to Highway 212 continues. Traffic is being diverted onto the HOV lane and will remain in this configuration through the winter. Crews are constructing multiple piers for the new LRT bridge. The piers are at different stages of completion, with crews working on pile supports and formwork.

Nine Mile Creek in Eden Prairie

Pile driving for the LRT bridge structure and abutments at Nine Mile Creek will continue through the winter. The sidewalk on the west side of Flying Cloud Drive is closed; pedestrians should use the east side.

Golden Triangle Station in Eden Prairie

Daytime piling for bridge piers will be the focus of work activities in this area next week. Major sanitary sewer work in the area as well as the structural steel for the station is nearing completion. Work has progressed to a point where we can shift more construction activities to daytime. Additional night work may be scheduled in the future as work between the Golden Triangle Station and the bridge over Shady Oak Road and Highway 212 continues. Pile driving will continue into Summer 2020.

Shady Oak Road & Highway 212 in Eden Prairie

Work will begin in this area as early as the beginning of February. More details on roadway impacts to follow in the coming weeks.

Highway 62 in Minnetonka  

The traffic lanes have been shifted to the south side of the highway to accommodate tunnel construction on the north side of the highway. This traffic configuration will be in place through 2020. Crews continue excavation for the LRT tunnel.

Red Circle Drive and Yellow Circle Drive in Minnetonka

Yellow and Red Circle Drives have been reconfigured. Yellow Circle Drive is temporarily dead ended with a cul-de-sac where it connects to Red Circle Drive, and Yellow Circle has become a two-way roadway in the area south of Blue Circle Drive. A temporary by-pass road has also been completed on Red Circle Drive. This roadway configuration will allow for ongoing tunnel construction on Highway 62 and will be in place until Fall 2020. See a map of the roadway changes below.

Opus Station Area in Minnetonka

Earthwork is underway in this area. Retaining wall and utility work is anticipated to begin late January.

Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins

Smetana Road from Feltl Road to Nolan Drive is closed through 2020. A temporary bypass is in place west of the intersection of Smetana and Feltl roads to accommodate traffic in this area. See detour maps below.

Feltl Court/Nolan Drive Area in Hopkins

It is anticipated that in late-January preparation work including tree clearing and ground cover removal for the Minnetonka-Hopkins Bridge will begin. Bridge work will be ongoing into 2021.

Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail in Hopkins

The Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail in Hopkins is closed between Shady Oak Road and 5th Avenue South. See detour map below.

  • 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 Summer 2020.
  • The section between 11th Avenue South and 5th Avenue South is closed until Fall 2021.

Downtown Hopkins Station

Foundation work for the station is complete.  Work on the station’s structural steel to support the walls and roof canopy started and will be going through February.

Excelsior Boulevard Area in Hopkins

Crews continue to work on the LRT bridge and underground utilities in the area. Piers in the area are beginning to take shape and work on both bridge abutments is ongoing with pile driving and sheeting work.

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, bikes and pedestrians, with separate closures of roadways upcoming at various dates. See detour maps below.

Blake Road in Hopkins

Crews are constructing a cut and cover tunnel for the regional trail under Blake Road. Southbound traffic will continue to be diverted to the east side of the road, with one lane in each direction, through the winter. Next spring, crews will move to the east side of the roadway and traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction.

Minnehaha Creek in St. Louis Park

Work on the new freight and trail bridge abutments continues in this area. The west abutments are almost complete.

Louisiana Avenue in St. Louis Park

Later this winter crews will begin work to place bridge beams over the roadway. East of Louisiana Avenue, crews continue to build the trail underpass which will allow access under the freight rail line to the station area. Pile driving for the retaining walls for the trail underpass will start in early February.

Wooddale Avenue in St. Louis Park

Utility work started in the area to make way for upcoming work on the regional trail underpass and Wooddale Station. There will be minor impacts to roadways in the surrounding area. Retaining wall work will begin in the area as early as next week. Impacts to the roadway are anticipated as early as late February, more details to follow in the coming weeks.

Highway 100 in St. Louis Park

The project will be re-positioning the existing freight rail bridge and will build a new LRT bridge over Highway 100 in the spring/summer of 2020. Work on east bridge abutment is ongoing.

Beltline Boulevard in St. Louis Park

Work on the new South Cedar Lake Trail Bridge continues. Crews are constructing beams, rebar and “falsework” (items only needed to complete construction that are later removed) for the bridge.

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, bikes and pedestrians remains open at Cedar Lake Parkway and at West 21st Street. See detour map below.

Chowen Avenue to Lake Street in Minneapolis

Storm sewer and watermain work will occur during the winter months. Work is anticipated in this area in February.

Kenilworth Area Construction in Minneapolis

Sheet piling for the Kenilworth tunnel continues. One of the press-in-pilers is currently working south from 28th Street. The second press-in-piler, which arrived in the corridor in early January, is moving north from 28th street, on the freight rail side. It will also stop short of Cedar Lake Parkway and return south, working towards Lake Street. Sheeting installation is expected to last until Summer 2020.

Tunnel excavation is anticipated to begin Spring 2020. 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 is also available.

In preparation for future tunnel work, a Metropolitan Council Environmental Services sanitary sewer force main needs to be temporarily relocated, with crews working around 28th Street. Limited tree and shrub removal will begin at the end of January, with fencing following. In February the installation of the new pipe will begin. Construction crews refer to this process as “pipe jacking,” which means a prefabricated pipe is installed through the ground.

Cedar Lake (Kenilworth) Channel and Works Progress Administration (WPA) in Minneapolis

Crews are currently placing concrete for the last of the freight bridge piers. Abutment work is also being completed, outside of the waterway.

21st Street in Minneapolis

Retaining wall activities are being completed in the area. Intermittent work will continue.

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 below.

Crews constructed a temporary trail bypass in the area where the North Cedar Lake Trail connects to the Kenilworth Trail. New signage is in place to direct trail users onto this newly constructed segment. This work is in preparation for station construction in Spring 2020.

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. Anticipate flaggers in this area as earthwork activities begin in the Bryn Mawr Station area in the next few months.

Glenwood Avenue in Minneapolis

Glenwood Avenue between Lyndale Avenue North and 11th Street North is closed until mid‑2021. See detour map below. Local access to businesses continues to be maintained. Crews have made significant progress on utility work and retaining walls in the area. Work on the west abutment for the new roadway bridge begins in February.

Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis

Work on the LRT bridge piers on the east side of Royalston Avenue is ongoing and will continue through the winter. Expect pile driving activities in this area. Northbound Royalston Avenue is reduced to one lane and southbound Royalston Avenue is closed between Border Avenue and 5th Avenue until Summer 2021.  See the roadway impact map below.


SouthWest Transit Station Pedestrian Detour in Eden Prairie

SouthWest Transit Station Pedestrian Detour in Eden Prairie


Northbound I-494 to Eastbound TH 212 Detour

Northbound I-494 to Eastbound TH 212 Detour


Yellow Circle Roadway Changes in Minnetonka

Yellow Circle Roadway Changes in Minnetonka


Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins Detour

Upcoming Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins Detour


Minnesota River Bluff Trail from Shady Oak Road to 5th Avenue Detour

Minnesota River Bluff Trail from Shady Oak Road to 5th Avenue Detour


Cedar Lake and Kenilworth Trail Detours

Cedar Lake and Kenilworth Trail Detours


Glenwood Avenue in Minneapolis Detour

Glenwood Ave. Closure


Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis

Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis


 

 

 

Southwest LRT Construction Update: January 17, 2020

Web: swlrt.org

Twitter: @SouthwestLRT

Construction Hotline: 612-373-3933

SouthWest Temporary Bus Station to Open Monday, January 20

SouthWest Transit bus riders can expect to meet their bus at the new temporary facility on Monday. SouthWest buses will drop-off and pick-up from this new location (see pedestrian detour map below). The old bus loop will then become part of the construction site. Vehicles will be able to access the park and ride as normal and then pedestrians will be following a walkway to the new location. Staff ambassadors will be on site to help with directions and questions. Follow this link for a short video on the temporary changes.


Weekly Construction Photo: Golden Triangle Station in Eden Prairie

 Weekly Construction Photo: Golden Triangle Station in Eden Prairie

It is starting to look like a station. With most of the structural steel in place, the shape of the roof canopy and lantern features are clearly visible. (Looking south towards the Golden Triangle Station)

GT Render

Rendering of the future Golden Triangle Station (looking north).


Highlights

  • Work on Highway 100 begins the week of January 20, as crews work to construct the west freight rail bridge abutment.
  • Mark your calendars for the Southwest LRT Construction Training Fair on January 22, 2020, from 3:00 to 6:00 PM at the Minneapolis Urban League. See details in the Construction Training Fair flyer (PDF).

 On-going Activities Update

SouthWest Station Area in Eden Prairie

Pier work for the new LRT bridge that wraps around the SouthWest Station park-and ride structure will continue into Spring 2020. Sidewalks along Prairie Center and Technology Drive remain closed, please follow local signage to ensure your safety. The right-turn lane on the eastbound Highway 212 ramp to Prairie Center Drive remains closed until Spring 2020, to accommodate the completion of retaining wall work. The retaining wall is nearly complete, crews will need warmer weather to property backfill.

Purgatory Creek Park/ Prairie Center Drive in Eden Prairie

On the west side of Prairie Center Drive, near Purgatory Creek Park, bridge pier work will begin as early as the week of January 27. As work progresses, sidewalk detours will be needed, and later there will be impacts to roadways. More details to follow as work ramps up.

Eden Road Area in Eden Prairie

Retaining wall work has concluded for the winter; backfilling will resume in the spring.

LRT Bridge at I-494/Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie

Piling driving activities for the north abutment started earlier this week. Work on the south abutment will begin in late January. Overall, these activities will continue for the next few months. Traffic control barriers continue to be in place. The I-494 eastbound ramp to Highway 212 remains closed until Spring 2020. See detour map below.

Valley View Road/Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie

The lane restriction on the ramp from Valley View Road to Highway 212 continues. Traffic is being diverted onto the HOV lane and will remain in this configuration through the winter. Crews are constructing multiple piers for the new LRT bridge. The piers are at different stages of completion, with crews working on pile supports and formwork.

Nine Mile Creek in Eden Prairie

Pile driving for the LRT bridge structure and abutments at Nine Mile Creek will continue through the winter. The sidewalk on the west side of Flying Cloud Drive is closed; pedestrians should use the east side.

Golden Triangle Station in Eden Prairie

Daytime work continues in the area as crews focus on structural elements for the Golden Triangle Station roof canopy. Crews are continuing welding and concrete work for area retaining walls. Work has progressed to a point where we can shift more construction activities to daytime. Additional night work may be scheduled in the future as work between the Golden Triangle Station and the bridge over Shady Oak Road and Highway 212 continues. Pile driving will continue into Summer 2020.

Shady Oak Road & Highway 212 in Eden Prairie

Work will begin in this area as early as the beginning of February. More details on roadway impacts to follow in the coming weeks.

Highway 62 in Minnetonka  

The traffic lanes have been shifted to the south side of the highway to accommodate tunnel construction on the north side of the highway. This traffic configuration will be in place through 2020. Crews continue excavation for the LRT tunnel.  Pile driving to support excavation of the LRT tunnel has also begun.

Red Circle Drive and Yellow Circle Drive in Minnetonka

Yellow and Red Circle Drives have been reconfigured. Yellow Circle Drive is temporarily dead ended with a cul-de-sac where it connects to Red Circle Drive, and Yellow Circle has become a two-way roadway in the area south of Blue Circle Drive. A temporary by-pass road has also been completed on Red Circle Drive. This roadway configuration will allow for ongoing tunnel construction on Highway 62 and will be in place until Fall 2020. See a map of the roadway changes below.

Opus Station Area in Minnetonka

Soil correction efforts are underway. Retaining wall and utility work is anticipated in the area late January.

Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins

Smetana Road from Feltl Road to Nolan Drive is closed through 2020. A temporary bypass is in place west of the intersection of Smetana and Feltl roads to accommodate traffic in this area. See detour maps below.

Feltl Court/Nolan Drive Area in Hopkins

It is anticipated that in late-January preparation work including tree clearing and ground cover removal for the Minnetonka-Hopkins Bridge will begin. Crews are waiting for cold weather to freeze the ground, making it easier to work in the area. Bridge work will be ongoing into 2021.

Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail in Hopkins

The Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail in Hopkins is closed between Shady Oak Road and 5th Avenue South. See detour map below.

  • 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 Summer 2020.
  • The section between 11th Avenue South and 5th Avenue South is closed until Fall 2021.

Downtown Hopkins Station

Foundation work for the station is complete.  Work on the station structure will start this month.

Excelsior Boulevard Area in Hopkins

Crews continue to work on the LRT bridge piers and underground utilities in the area. In mid-January crews will focus on pile driving for the east bridge abutment.

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, bikes and pedestrians, with separate closures of roadways upcoming at various dates. See detour maps below.

Blake Road in Hopkins

Crews are constructing a cut and cover tunnel for the regional trail under Blake Road. Southbound traffic will continue to be diverted to the east side of the road, with one lane in each direction, through the winter. Next spring, crews will move to the east side of the roadway and traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction.

Minnehaha Creek in St. Louis Park

Work on the new freight and trail bridge abutments continues in this area. The west abutments are almost complete.

Louisiana Avenue in St. Louis Park

Later this winter crews will begin work to place bridge beams. East of Louisiana Avenue, crews continue to build the trail underpass which will allow access under the freight rail line to the station area. No work is anticipated in the area during the week on January 20.

Wooddale Avenue in St. Louis Park

Utility work started in the area to make way for upcoming work on the regional trail underpass and Wooddale Station. There will be minor impacts to roadways in the surrounding area. Retaining wall work will begin in the area the week of January 20. Impacts to the roadway are anticipated as early as February, more details to follow in the coming weeks.

Highway 100 in St. Louis Park

The project will be re-positioning the existing freight rail bridge and will build a new LRT bridge over Highway 100 in the spring/summer of 2020. Work on west bridge abutment resumes the week of January 20.

Beltline Boulevard in St. Louis Park

Work on the new South Cedar Lake Trail Bridge continues. Crews are constructing beams, rebar and “falsework” (items only needed to complete construction that are later removed) for the bridge.

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, bikes and pedestrians remains open at Cedar Lake Parkway and at West 21st Street. See detour map below.

Chowen Avenue to Lake Street in Minneapolis

Storm sewer and watermain work will occur during the winter months. Work is anticipated in this area in February.

Kenilworth Area Construction in Minneapolis

Sheet piling for the Kenilworth tunnel continues, moving north from Park Siding Park. Sheeting will stop short of Cedar Lake Parkway and the press-in-piler will return south, working towards Lake Street. A second press-in-piler arrived in the corridor a couple of weeks ago. The second piler is currently moving in the same direction, on the west side (opposite side) of the LRT tunnel. Sheeting installation is expected to last until Summer 2020.

Tunnel excavation is anticipated to begin Spring 2020. 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 is also available.

In preparation for future tunnel work, crews will be working on removing utility conflicts around 28th Street.  Limited tree and shrub removal will begin at the end of January, with fencing following. In February the installation of new pipes and removals will begin. Construction crews refer to this process as “pipe jacking,” which means a prefabricated pipe is installed through the ground.

Burnham Road in Minneapolis

The Burnham Road bridge has been returned to a one-way road. The two-way detour will be reinstated when Cedar Lake Parkway is closed for tunnel construction in spring/summer 2020.

Cedar Lake (Kenilworth) Channel and Works Progress Administration (WPA) in Minneapolis

Crews are currently placing  concrete for the last of the freight bridge piers and working on the south abutment.

21st Street in Minneapolis

Retaining wall activities are being completed in the area. Intermittent work will continue.

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 for approximately two years until mid-2021. See detour maps below.

Crews constructed a temporary trail bypass in the area where the North Cedar Lake Trail connects to the Kenilworth Trail. New signage is in place to direct trail users onto this newly constructed segment. This work is in preparation for station construction in Spring 2020.

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. Anticipate flaggers in this area as earthwork activities begin in the Bryn Mawr Station area in the next few months.

Glenwood Avenue in Minneapolis

Glenwood Avenue between Lyndale Avenue North and 11th Street North is closed until mid‑2021. Local access to businesses  is maintained. Generally, vehicle detours will use Lyndale Avenue, Olson Memorial Highway and 7th/10th Streets. The pedestrian detour continues to utilize Border Avenue, Holden Street and Royalston Avenue sidewalks. Utility work, retaining wall installation and freight track preparation continues. See detour map below.

Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis

Work on the LRT bridge piers on the east side of Royalston Avenue is ongoing and will continue through the winter. Expect pile driving activities in this area. Northbound Royalston Avenue is reduced to one lane and southbound Royalston Avenue is closed between Border Avenue and 5th Avenue until Summer 2021. See the roadway impact map below.


SouthWest Transit Station Pedestrian Detour in Eden Prairie

SouthWest Transit Station Pedestrian Detour in Eden Prairie


Northbound I-494 to Eastbound TH 212 Detour

Northbound I-494 to Eastbound TH 212 Detour


Yellow Circle Roadway Changes in Minnetonka

Yellow Circle Roadway Changes in Minnetonka


Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins Detour

Upcoming Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins Detour


Minnesota River Bluff Trail from Shady Oak Road to 5th Avenue Detour

Minnesota River Bluff Trail from Shady Oak Road to 5th Avenue Detour


Cedar Lake and Kenilworth Trail Detours

Cedar Lake and Kenilworth Trail Detours


Glenwood Avenue in Minneapolis Detour

Glenwood Ave. Closure


Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis

Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis


Southwest LRT Construction Update: January 10, 2020


Web: swlrt.org

Twitter: @SouthwestLRT

Construction Hotline: 612-373-3933

Underway: Construction Progress Overview

Despite it being the middle of the winter with more limited activities, January and February will see work in most segments of the project corridor. Here is an overview of the elements underway:

  • 15 of 29 new bridges are under construction. The Cedar Lake Channel freight bridge and the Louisiana Avenue freight bridge have more than half of the structural elements complete.
  • Four of eight tunnels have elements in the ground. The two LRT tunnels, under Highway 62 and in Kenilworth, have either sheeting or excavation work started.
  • 24 of 130 retaining walls are under construction.
  • Two of the 16 stations are 25% complete, with a total of four stations underway. Structural elements to support the roof canopy on Golden Triangle and Downtown Hopkins Stations will begin late January or early February, depending on weather.

Weekly Construction Photo: Beltline Boulevard Regional Trail Bridge in St. Louis Park

 Weekly Construction Photo: Beltline Boulevard Regional Trail Bridge in St. Louis Park

With much of the pier work complete, spans are being set for the Beltline Boulevard Regional Trail Bridge. Crews will be working to set rebar and “falsework,” items that are used just for construction, to advance bridge spans and deck. Once completed, regional trail users can use this safer route to cross Beltline Boulevard and continue on the South Cedar Lake Trail.


Highlights

  • SouthWest Transit temporary bus station is anticipated to open on Monday, January 20.
  • The second press-in-piler arrived in the Kenilworth Corridor.
  • Mark your calendars for the Southwest LRT Construction Training Fair on January 22, 2020, from 3:00 to 6:00 PM at the Minneapolis Urban League. See details in the Construction Training Fair flyer (PDF).

On-going Activities Update

SouthWest Station Area in Eden Prairie

On Monday, January 20 it is anticipated the SouthWest temporary bus station facility and waiting area will open. SouthWest buses will drop-off and pick-up from this new location (see pedestrian detour map below). The final building inspections will occur next week, and staff will move into the new building. The shift to the temporary facility allows for the demolition of a portion of existing SouthWest facilities to accommodate the construction of the new shared bus/LRT station. Access to the SouthWest Station parking lot and drop off area will remain the same during construction.

Pier work for the new LRT bridge that wraps around the SouthWest Station park-and ride structure will continue into Spring 2020. The right-turn lane on the eastbound Highway 212 ramp to Prairie Center Drive remains closed until Spring 2020, to accommodate the completion of retaining wall work. By 2021 approximately 2,000 piles will have been driven for retaining walls, bridges, station and the parking structure.

Sidewalks along Prairie Center and Technology Drive remain closed, please follow local signage to ensure your safety.

Purgatory Creek Park/ Prairie Center Drive in Eden Prairie

On the west side of Prairie Center Drive, near Purgatory Creek Park, bridge pier work will begin as early as mid-January. As work progresses, sidewalk detours will be needed, and later there will be impacts to roadways. More details to follow as work ramps up.

Eden Road Area in Eden Prairie

Retaining wall work has concluded for the winter; backfilling will resume in the spring.

LRT Bridge at I-494/Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie

Excavation for the north abutment has begun, with piling driving starting the week of January 13. These activities will continue for the next few months. Traffic control barriers continue to be in place. The I-494 eastbound ramp to Highway 212 remains closed until Spring 2020. See detour map below.

Valley View Road/Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie

The lane restriction on the ramp from Valley View Road to Highway 212 remains. Traffic is being diverted onto the HOV lane and will remain in this configuration through the winter. Crews are constructing multiple piers for the new LRT bridge. The various piers are at different stages of completion, with crews working on pile supports and formwork.

Nine Mile Creek in Eden Prairie

Pile driving for the LRT bridge structure and abutments at Nine Mile Creek will continue through the winter. The sidewalk on the west side of Flying Cloud Drive is closed; pedestrians can use the east side.

Golden Triangle Station in Eden Prairie

Daytime work continues in the area as crews focus on structural elements for the Golden Triangle Station roof canopy. Crews continue welding and concrete work for area retaining walls. Work has progressed to a point where we can shift more construction activities to daytime. Additional night work may be scheduled in the future as work between the Golden Triangle Station and the bridge over Shady Oak Road and Highway 212 continues. Pile driving will continue into Summer 2020.

Shady Oak Road & Highway 212 in Eden Prairie

Work will begin in this area as early as the beginning of February. More details on roadway impacts to follow in the coming weeks.

Highway 62 in Minnetonka  

The traffic lanes have been shifted to the south side of the highway to accommodate tunnel construction on the north side of the highway. This traffic configuration will be in place through 2020. Crews continue excavation for the LRT tunnel.  Pile driving to support excavation of the LRT tunnel began on Tuesday this week.

Red Circle Drive and Yellow Circle Drive in Minnetonka

Yellow and Red Circle Drives have been reconfigured. Yellow Circle Drive is temporarily dead-ended with a cul-de-sac where it connects to Red Circle Drive, and Yellow Circle has become a two-way roadway in the area south of Blue Circle Drive. A temporary by-pass road has also been completed on Red Circle Drive. This roadway configuration will allow for ongoing tunnel construction on Highway 62 and will be in place until Fall 2020. See a map of the roadway changes below.

Opus Station Area in Minnetonka

Soil correction efforts are underway. Retaining wall and utility work is anticipated in the area late January.

Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins

Smetana Road from Feltl Road to Nolan Drive is closed through 2020. A temporary bypass is in place west of the intersection of Smetana and Feltl roads to accommodate traffic in this area. See detour maps below.

Feltl Court/Nolan Drive Area in Hopkins

In mid-to-late January, preparation work including tree clearing and ground cover removal for the Minnetonka-Hopkins Bridge will begin. Bridge work will be ongoing into 2021.

Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail in Hopkins

The Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail in Hopkins is closed between Shady Oak Road and 5th Avenue South. See detour map below.

  • 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 Summer 2020.
  • The section between 11th Avenue South and 5th Avenue South is closed until Fall 2021.

Downtown Hopkins Station

Foundation work for the station is complete.  Work on the station structure will start this month.

Excelsior Boulevard Area in Hopkins

Crews continue to work on the LRT bridge piers and underground utilities in the area.

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, bikes and pedestrians, with separate closures of roadways upcoming at various dates. See detour maps below.

Blake Road in Hopkins

Crews are constructing a cut and cover tunnel for the regional trail under Blake Road. Southbound traffic will continue to be diverted to the east side of the road, with one lane in each direction, through the winter. Next spring, crews will move to the east side of the roadway and traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction.

Minnehaha Creek in St. Louis Park

Work on the new freight and trail bridge abutments continues in this area. The west abutments are almost complete. Flaggers are monitoring recreational water use during times that construction activities make it unsafe to travel through the creek.

Louisiana Avenue in St. Louis Park

Later this winter crews will begin work to place bridge beams. East of Louisiana Avenue, crews continue to build the trail underpass which will allow access under the freight rail line to the station area. Piling driving for retaining walls also continues in the area.

Wooddale Avenue in St. Louis Park

Utility work started in the area to make way for upcoming work on the regional trail underpass and Wooddale Station. There will be minor impacts to roadways in the surrounding area. Retaining wall work will begin in the area in mid-January. Impacts to the roadway are anticipated as early as February, more details to follow in the coming weeks.

Highway 100 in St. Louis Park

The project will be re-positioning the existing freight rail bridge and will build a new LRT bridge over Highway 100 in the spring/summer of 2020. Work on bridge abutments will resume in mid-January.

Beltline Boulevard in St. Louis Park

Work on the new South Cedar Lake Trail Bridge continues. Crews are constructing beams, rebar and “falsework” (items only needed to complete construction that are later removed) for the bridge.

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, bikes and pedestrians remains open at Cedar Lake Parkway and at West 21st Street. See detour map below.

Chowen Avenue to Lake Street in Minneapolis

Storm sewer and watermain work will occur during the winter months. Work is anticipated in this area in February.

Kenilworth Area Construction in Minneapolis

Sheet piling for the Kenilworth tunnel continues, moving north from Park Siding Park. Sheeting will stop short of Cedar Lake Parkway and the press-in-piler will return south, working towards Lake Street. A second press-in-piler has arrived. The second piler will move in the same direction, on the west side (opposite side) of the LRT tunnel. Sheeting installation is expected to last until Summer 2020.

Tunnel excavation is anticipated to begin Spring 2020. 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 is also available.

Burnham Road in Minneapolis

The Burnham Road bridge has been returned to a one-way road. The two-way detour will be reinstated when Cedar Lake Parkway is closed for tunnel construction in spring/summer 2020.

Cedar Lake (Kenilworth) Channel and Works Progress Administration (WPA) in Minneapolis

Pile driving for the last of the four piers for the freight bridge has begun. Work on the abutments also continues.

21st Street in Minneapolis

Retaining wall activities are being completed in the area. Intermittent work will continue.

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 for approximately two years until mid-2021.  See detour maps below.

Crews constructed a temporary trail bypass in the area where the North Cedar Lake Trail connects to the Kenilworth Trail. New signage is in place to direct trail users onto this newly constructed segment. This work is in preparation for station construction in Spring 2020.

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. As earthwork activities begin in the Bryn Mawr Station area in the next few months, anticipate flaggers in the area.

Glenwood Avenue in Minneapolis

Glenwood Avenue between Lyndale Avenue North and 11th Street North is closed until mid‑2021. Local access to businesses will be maintained. Generally, vehicle detours will use Lyndale Avenue, Olson Memorial Highway and 7th/10th Streets. The pedestrian detour continues to utilize Border Avenue, Holden Street and Royalston Avenue sidewalks. Utility work, retaining wall installation and freight track preparation continues. See detour map below.

Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis

Work on the LRT bridge piers on the east side of Royalston Avenue is ongoing and will continue through the winter. Expect pile driving activities in this area. Northbound Royalston Avenue is reduced to one lane and southbound Royalston Avenue is closed between Border Avenue and 5th Avenue until Summer 2021.  See the roadway impact map below.


SouthWest Transit Station Pedestrian Detour in Eden Prairie

SouthWest Transit Station Pedestrian Detour in Eden Prairie


Northbound I-494 to Eastbound TH 212 Detour

Northbound I-494 to Eastbound TH 212 Detour


Yellow Circle Roadway Changes in Minnetonka

Yellow Circle Roadway Changes in Minnetonka


Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins Detour

Upcoming Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins Detour


Minnesota River Bluff Trail from Shady Oak Road to 5th Avenue Detour

Minnesota River Bluff Trail from Shady Oak Road to 5th Avenue Detour


Cedar Lake and Kenilworth Trail Detours

Cedar Lake and Kenilworth Trail Detours


Glenwood Avenue in Minneapolis Detour

Glenwood Ave. Closure


Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis

Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis


 

Southwest LRT Construction Update: January 3, 2020

Web: swlrt.org

Twitter: @SouthwestLRT

Construction Hotline: 612-373-3933

Welcome to the 20s

With the new year and January temperatures so far in the 20s and 30s, crews have returned to activities along the corridor to take advantage of favorable winter conditions. Even with moderate temperatures, many construction activities are still weather dependent, especially if there is extreme cold or low visibility. Poor weather conditions can create safety issues for workers. This month’s construction activities will focus on progressing many of the structural elements throughout the corridor.


Weekly Construction Photo: Bridge Pier Work on Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis

Weekly Construction Photo: Bridge Pier Work on Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis

Crews begin pier work for the LRT bridge that will span 5th Avenue and 7th Street near Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis. It was one of the last job sites to activate before the calendar rolled to 2020.


 Highlights

  • North abutment work on I-494 begins the week of January 6.
  • Work on Wooddale Avenue is anticipated to begin in February, more details to follow.
  • Mark your calendars for the Southwest LRT Construction Training Fair on January 22, 2020, from 3:00 to 6:00 PM at the Minneapolis Urban League. See details in the Construction Training Fair flyer (PDF).

On-going Activities Update

SouthWest Station Area in Eden Prairie

Pile driving will continue into 2020 as crews focus on different elements of the station site and the LRT bridge. Retaining wall work for the LRT guideway is also continuing in the area. Crews are constructing a temporary passenger waiting area for bus riders that will be completed in January. Transit riders will shift to the temporary facility once it is complete.

The right turn lane on the eastbound Highway 212 ramp to Prairie Center Drive remains closed until Summer 2020.

Crews are working near the intersection of Technology Drive and Prairie Center Drive to build piers for the LRT bridge. The sidewalk is closed on the northwest corner of Technology Drive and Prairie Center Drive; please follow detour signage to the southwest sidewalk next to Purgatory Park. Crews will be moving around in this area as they shift to build various bridge piers. In mid-January, work on the piers for the LRT bridge over Technology Drive will begin.

Eden Road Area in Eden Prairie

Retaining wall work has concluded for the winter; backfilling will resume in the spring.

LRT Bridge at I-494/Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie

Crews are resuming work on the north abutment. Expect pile driving activities in the area over the next few months. Traffic control barriers continue to be in place. The I-494 eastbound ramp to Highway 212 remains closed until Spring 2020. See detour map below.

Valley View Road/Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie

The lane restriction on the ramp from Valley View Road to Highway 212 remains. Traffic is being diverted onto the HOV lane and will remain in this configuration through the winter. Crews are constructing multiple piers for the new LRT bridge. The various piers are at different stages of completion, with crews working on pile supports and formwork.

Nine Mile Creek in Eden Prairie

Pile driving for the LRT bridge structure and abutments at Nine Mile Creek will continue through the winter. The sidewalk on the west side of Flying Cloud Drive is closed; pedestrians can use the east side.

Golden Triangle Station in Eden Prairie

Night work has paused in the area and crews are currently working on utilities and retaining walls. Work has progressed to a point where we can shift more construction activities to daytime. Additional night work may be scheduled in the future as work between the Golden Triangle Station to bridge over Shady Oak Road and Highway 212 continues.

Highway 62 in Minnetonka  

The traffic lanes have been shifted to the south side of the highway to accommodate tunnel construction on the north side of the highway. This traffic configuration will be in place through 2020. Crews continue excavation for the LRT tunnel, with sheeting starting next week.

Red Circle Drive and Yellow Circle Drive in Minnetonka

Yellow and Red Circle Drives have been reconfigured. Yellow Circle Drive is temporarily dead-ended with a cul-de-sac where it connects to Red Circle Drive, and Yellow Circle has become a two-way roadway in the area south of Blue Circle Drive. A temporary by-pass road has also been completed on Red Circle Drive. This roadway configuration will allow for ongoing tunnel construction on Highway 62 and will be in place until Fall of 2020. See a map of the roadway changes below.

Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins

Smetana Road from Feltl Road to Nolan Drive is closed through 2020. A temporary bypass is in place west of the intersection of Smetana and Feltl roads to accommodate traffic in this area. See detour maps below.

Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail in Hopkins

The Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail in Hopkins is closed between Shady Oak Road and 5th Avenue South. See detour map below.

  • 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 Summer 2020.
  • The section between 11th Avenue South and 5th Avenue South is closed until Fall 2021.

Downtown Hopkins Station

Foundation work for the station is complete.  Work on the station structure will start this month.

Excelsior Boulevard Area in Hopkins

Crews continue to work on the LRT bridge piers and underground utilities in the area.

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, bikes and pedestrians, with separate closures of roadways upcoming at various dates. See detour maps below.

Blake Road in Hopkins

Crews are constructing a cut and cover tunnel for the regional trail under Blake Road. Southbound traffic will continue to be diverted to the east side of the road, with one lane in each direction, through the winter. Next spring, crews will move to the east side of the roadway and traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction.

Minnehaha Creek in St. Louis Park

Work on the new freight and trail bridge abutments continues in this area. Flaggers are monitoring recreational water use during times that construction activities make it unsafe to travel through the creek.

Louisiana Avenue in St. Louis Park

Later this winter crews will begin work to place bridge beams.

Wooddale Avenue in St. Louis Park

Utility work started in the area to make way for upcoming work on the regional trail underpass and Wooddale Station. There will be minor impacts to roadways in the surrounding area. Work on Wooddale Avenue could start as early as February.

Highway 100 in St. Louis Park

The project will be re-positioning the existing freight rail bridge and will build a new LRT bridge over Highway 100 in the spring/summer of 2020. Work on bridge abutments will resume the week of January 6.

Beltline Boulevard in St. Louis Park

Work on the new South Cedar Lake Trail Bridge continues. Crews are working on bridge piers and beams. Crews are also working on retaining walls in the area, which includes pile driving.

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, bikes and pedestrians remains open at Cedar Lake Parkway and at West 21st Street. See detour map below.

Chowen Avenue to Lake Street in Minneapolis

Storm sewer and watermain work will occur during the winter months. Work is anticipated in this area in January and is not expected to impact the trail.

Kenilworth Area Construction in Minneapolis

Sheet piling for the Kenilworth tunnel continues, moving north from Park Siding Park. Sheeting will stop short of Cedar Lake Parkway and the press-in-piler will return south, working towards Lake Street. A second press-in-piler will be arriving in the corridor the week of January 6. The second piler will move in the same direction, on the west side (opposite side) of the LRT tunnel. Sheeting installation is expected to last until Summer 2020.

Tunnel excavation is currently anticipated to begin Spring 2020. 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 is also available.

Burnham Road in Minneapolis

The Burnham Road bridge has been returned to a one-way road. The two-way detour will be reinstated when Cedar Lake Parkway is closed for tunnel construction in spring/summer 2020.

Cedar Lake (Kenilworth) Channel and Works Progress Administration (WPA) in Minneapolis

Crews placed the first set of beams last week for the new freight bridge. Pile driving for the last of the four piers for the freight bridge has begun. Work on the abutments also continues.

21st Street in Minneapolis

Retaining wall activities are being completed in the area. Intermittent work will continue.

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 for approximately two years until mid-2021.  See detour maps below.

Crews constructed a temporary trail bypass in the area where the North Cedar Lake Trail connects to the Kenilworth Trail. New signage is in place to direct trail users onto this newly constructed segment. This work is in preparation for station construction in Spring 2020.

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.

Glenwood Avenue in Minneapolis

Glenwood Avenue between Lyndale Avenue North and 11th Street North is closed until mid‑2021. Local access to businesses will be maintained. Generally, vehicle detours will use Lyndale Avenue, Olson Memorial Highway and 7th/10th Streets. The pedestrian detour continues to utilize Border Avenue, Holden Street and Royalston Avenue sidewalks. Utility work, retaining wall installation and freight track preparation continues. See detour map below.

Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis

Work on the LRT bridge piers on the east side of Royalston Avenue is ongoing and will continue through the winter. Expect pile driving activities in this area. Northbound Royalston Avenue is reduced to one lane and southbound Royalston Avenue is closed between Border Avenue and 5th Avenue until Summer 2021.  See the roadway impact map below.


Northbound I-494 to Eastbound TH 212 Detour

Northbound I-494 to Eastbound TH 212 Detour


Yellow Circle Roadway Changes in Minnetonka

Yellow Circle Roadway Changes in Minnetonka


Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins Detour

Upcoming Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins Detour


Minnesota River Bluff Trail from Shady Oak Road to 5th Avenue Detour

Minnesota River Bluff Trail from Shady Oak Road to 5th Avenue Detour


Cedar Lake and Kenilworth Trail Detours

Cedar Lake and Kenilworth Trail Detours


Glenwood Avenue in Minneapolis Detour

Glenwood Ave. Closure


Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis

Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis


Southwest LRT Construction Update: December 27, 2019


2019 Year End Photo Highlights

Web: swlrt.org

Twitter: @SouthwestLRT

Construction Hotline: 612-373-3933


Temporary Bus Shelter at SouthWest Station in Eden Prairie

 Temporary Bus Shelter at Southwest Station in Eden Prairie

Crews complete water proofing and roofing for the temporary bus shelter at SouthWest Station. The temporary facility will be competed in January.


Pile Supported Retaining Wall Adjacent to SouthWest Station in Eden Prairie

Pile Supported Retaining Wall Adjacent to SouthWest Station in Eden Prairie


Pile Supported Retaining Wall Adjacent to SouthWest Station in Eden Prairie 2

Shown in December 2019 and May 2019. Crews are currently working on the concrete for the pile supported retaining wall. This was one of the first activities that began on the project.


Retaining Walls Adjacent to Eden Prairie Town Center Station in Eden Prairie

 Retaining Walls Adjacent to Eden Prairie Town Center Station in Eden Prairie

Crews work to backfill retaining the retaining wall that will help support the Eden Prairie Town Center Station.


Pile Supported Pier for LRT Bridge at I-494 in Eden Prairie

Pile Supported Pier for LRT Bridge at I-494 in Eden Prairie

Crews completed the center bridge pier over I-494 in fall 2019. Abutment work is resuming in January 2020.


LRT Bridge at Valley View Road in Eden Prairie

LRT Bridge at Valley View Road in Eden Prairie

Crews are constructing multiple piers for the new LRT bridge. The various piers are at different stages of completion, with crews working on pile supports and formwork.


Foundation Work at the Golden Triangle Station

Foundation work at the Golden Triangle Station

For the Golden Triangle Station, what is above ground is just as important as what is below ground. This station was a focus of 2019 activities due to the need to build a pile supported foundation. Highway 212/Shady Oak Bridge work is currently a major focus in this area.


Excavation for Highway 62 LRT Tunnel in Eden Prairie

Excavation for Highway 62 LRT Tunnel in Eden Prairie

Westbound traffic has been shifted to the south side of the highway to accommodate tunnel construction on the north side of the highway. Crews continue LRT tunnel excavation.


Smetana and Feltl Roadway Progress in Minnetonka

Smetana and Feltl Roadway Progress in Minnetonka

First it was about utilities, then it was about a temporary bypass for the roadway. In the end it will be an underpass for LRT. Smetana Road from Feltl Road to Nolan Drive is closed through 2020.


Surcharge Construction Near Shady Oak Station in Hopkins

Surcharge Construction Near Shady Oak Station in Hopkins

A surcharge is a construction method of mounding soil to create compaction. The Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail is closed between Shady Oak Road and 11th Avenue South for this work to be completed.


Downtown Hopkins Station in Hopkins

Downtown Hopkins Station in Hopkins

Foundation work for the station is complete.  Work on the station structure will start in January 2020.


Pier Work for Excelsior Bridge in Hopkins

Pier Work for Excelsior Bridge in Hopkins

This is a complex area of the project as LRT and freight rail will swap sides of the corridor. A bridge will take LRT over Excelsior Blvd. and freight will move to the north side of the corridor. Crews are working on building piers for the bridge over Excelsior Blvd. as well as modifying freight rail tracks.


Abutment Work for Trail and Freight Bridges at Minnehaha Creek in St. Louis Park

Abutment Work for Trail and Freight Bridges at Minnehaha Creek in St. Louis Park

Crews work on abutments and retaining walls at Minnehaha Creek in St. Louis Park.


Abutment Work for Trail and Freight Bridges at Louisiana Avenue in St. Louis Park

Abutment Work for Trail and Freight Bridges at Louisiana Avenue in St. Louis Park

Bridge abutment and retaining wall construction is concluding and the crane, pictured, will be moving to another area of the project. Later this winter crews will begin work to place bridge beams.


Trail Bridge Construction at Beltline Blvd in St. Louis Park

Trail Bridge Construction at Beltline Blvd in St. Louis Park

Crews are working on bridge piers and beams.


Tunnel Sheeting in Kenilworth Corridor

Tunnel Sheeting in Kenilworth Corridor

Crews continue to make progress with installing sheet piles with the press-in-piler. Two pilers will work to install sheeting for tunnel construction through summer 2020.


Cedar Lake Channel Freight Bridge Construction in Minneapolis

Cedar Lake Channel Freight Bridge Construction in Minneapolis

Crews install the last of the freight bridge piers and complete abutment work. Some of the first bridge beams were set in mid-December 2019. Once the new freight bridge is complete, the old freight bridge will be demolished and work on the new LRT bridge will begin.


Concrete Plant Construction at Linden Yards in Minneapolis

Concrete Plant Construction at Linden Yards in Minneapolis

In early July 2019, the contractor completed this temporary concrete plant, which has been used to distribute material to many of the sites pictured.


Glenwood Bridge Area Work in Minneapolis

Glenwood Bridge Area Work in Minneapolis

December 2019

Crews move utilities, install retaining walls, and prep for the construction of the new Glenwood Bridge.


Glenwood Bridge Area Work in Minneapolis

July 2019

A summer photo of Glenwood Bridge demolition.


Off-Site at Siemen’s Facility in Sacramento, CA

Off-Site at Siemen’s Facility in Sacramento

Not only do we have construction in the corridor, but 27 new Light Rail Vehicles are under production in California. The vehicle pictured is about to get the roof assembly installed that will allow it to connect to the overhead wires. The vehicles will arrive in Minnesota for pre-revenue testing.

 

 


Southwest LRT Construction Update: December 20, 2019


Web: swlrt.org

Twitter: @SouthwestLRT

Construction Hotline: 612-373-3933

Winter Holiday Schedule

Work along most of the project corridor will be suspended during the week of December 23. Sheet piling work for the Kenilworth tunnel will continue next week, except for Christmas day and New Years day. Crews will conduct site inspections and regular maintenance activities throughout the entire time. The remainder of winter work will resume the week of December 30.

The Southwest Project Office is closed on Wednesday, December 25 and Wednesday, January 1. Only urgent calls about active construction issues will be responded to by on-call staff.


Weekly Construction Photo: CenturyLink Duct Bank Relocation on Glenwood Avenue in Minneapolis

 Weekly Construction Photo: CenturyLink Duct Bank Relocation on Glenwood Avenue in Minneapolis

Crews have completed a move of the CenturyLink duct bank on Glenwood Avenue in Minneapolis. Moving this major utility allows crews to begin work on the west abutment of the Glenwood Bridge in 2020. Crews have begun to backfill the trench, pictured above.


Highlights

  • A second press-in-piler is on the way from the east coast to the Kenilworth Corridor and will be set-up on site the week of January 6.
  • Mark your calendars for the Southwest LRT Construction Training Fair on January 22, 2020, from 3:00 to 6:00 PM at the Minneapolis Urban League, more information is available here.

On-going Activities Update

SouthWest Station Area in Eden Prairie

Pile driving will continue into 2020 as crews focus on different elements of the station site and the LRT bridge. Retaining wall work for the LRT guideway is also continuing in the area. Crews are constructing a temporary passenger waiting area for bus riders that will be completed in January. Transit riders will shift to the temporary facility once it is complete in mid-January.

The right turn lane on the eastbound Highway 212 ramp to Prairie Center Drive remains closed until Summer 2020.

Crews are working near the intersection of Technology Drive and Prairie Center Drive to build bridge piers. The sidewalk is closed on the northwest corner of Technology Drive and Prairie Center Drive; please follow detour signage to the southwest sidewalk next to Purgatory Park. Crews will be moving around in this area as they shift to build various bridge piers. In mid-January, work on the piers for the LRT bridge over Technology Drive will begin.

Eden Road Area in Eden Prairie

Retaining wall work is concluding for the winter; backfilling will resume in the spring.

LRT Bridge at I-494/Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie

Crews will resume work on the north abutment in January. Expect pile driving activities in the area over the next few months. Traffic control barriers continue to be in place. The I-494 eastbound ramp to Highway 212 remains closed until Spring 2020. See detour map below.

Valley View Road/Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie

The lane restriction on the ramp from Valley View Road to Highway 212 remains. Traffic is being diverted onto the HOV lane and will remain in this configuration through the winter. Crews are constructing multiple piers for the new LRT bridge. The various piers are at different stages of completion, with crews working on pile supports and formwork.

Nine Mile Creek

Pile driving for the LRT bridge structure and abutments at Nine Mile Creek will continue through the winter. The sidewalk on the west side of Flying Cloud Drive is closed; pedestrians can use the east side.

Golden Triangle Station in Eden Prairie

Night work will continue for a couple of months in the area to install piles and sheeting. Additional night work may be scheduled in the future as work between the Golden Triangle Station to a bridge over Shady Oak Road and Highway 212 continues. Related activities will occur during the daytime in the surrounding area as crews work on bridges, retaining walls, and relocating utilities simultaneously.

Highway 62 in Minnetonka  

The traffic lanes have been shifted to the south side of the highway to accommodate tunnel construction on the north side of the highway. This traffic configuration will be in place through 2020. Crews continue excavation for the LRT tunnel, with sheeting starting after the holiday break.

Red Circle Drive and Yellow Circle Drive in Minnetonka

Yellow and Red Circle Drives have been reconfigured. Yellow Circle Drive is temporarily dead-ended with a cul-de-sac where it connects to Red Circle Drive, and Yellow Circle has become a two-way roadway in the area south of Blue Circle Drive. A temporary by-pass road has also been completed on Red Circle Drive. This roadway configuration will allow for ongoing tunnel construction on Highway 62. See a map of the roadway changes below.

Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins

Smetana Road from Feltl Road to Nolan Drive is closed through 2020. A temporary bypass is in place west of the intersection of Smetana and Feltl roads to accommodate traffic in this area. See detour maps below.

Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail in Hopkins

The Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail in Hopkins is closed between Shady Oak Road and 5th Avenue South. See detour map below.

  • 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 summer 2020.
  • The section between 11th Avenue South and 5th Avenue South is closed until Fall 2021.

Downtown Hopkins Station

Foundation work for the station is complete. Work on the station structure will start in January.

Excelsior Boulevard Area in Hopkins

Crews continue to work on bridge piers and underground utilities in the area.

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, bikes and pedestrians, with separate closures of roadways upcoming at various dates. See detour maps below.

Blake Road in Hopkins

Crews are constructing a cut and cover tunnel for the regional trail under Blake Road. Southbound traffic will continue to be diverted to the east side of the road, with one lane in each direction, through the winter. Next spring, crews will move to the east side of the roadway and traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction.

Minnehaha Creek in St. Louis Park

Work on the new freight and trail bridge abutments continues in this area. Flaggers are monitoring recreational water use during times that construction activities make it unsafe to travel through the creek.

Louisiana Avenue in St. Louis Park

Vehicle traffic will continue to use one southbound lane and both northbound lanes. Bridge abutment and retaining wall construction has concluded and the crane will move to another area of the project. Later this winter crews will begin work to place bridge beams.

Wooddale Avenue in St. Louis Park

Utility work started in the area to make way for upcoming work on the regional trail underpass and Wooddale Station. There will be minor impacts to roadways in the surrounding area.

Highway 100 in St. Louis Park

The project will be re-positioning the existing freight rail bridge and will build a new LRT bridge over Highway 100 in the spring/summer of 2020. Work on bridge abutments will resume after the holiday break.

Beltline Boulevard in St. Louis Park

Work on the new South Cedar Lake Trail Bridge continues. Crews are working on bridge piers and beams. Crews are also working on retaining walls in the area, which includes pile driving.

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, bikes and pedestrians remains open at Cedar Lake Parkway and at West 21st Street. See detour map below.

Chowen Avenue to Lake Street in Minneapolis

Storm sewer and watermain work will occur during the winter months. Work is anticipated in this area in January and is not expected to impact the trail.

Kenilworth Area Construction in Minneapolis

Sheet piling for the Kenilworth tunnel continues, moving north from Park Siding Park. Sheeting will stop short of Cedar Lake Parkway and the press-in-piler will return south, working towards Lake Street. Sheeting installation is expected to last until summer 2020. A second press-in-piler will begin work in the Kenilworth Corridor in early January.

Tunnel excavation is currently anticipated to begin Spring 2020. 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 is also available.

Cedar Lake (Kenilworth) Channel and Works Progress Administration (WPA) in Minneapolis

Crews placed the first set of beams last week for the new freight bridge. Pile driving for the last of the four piers for the freight bridge will begin after the holiday break. Work on the abutments also continues.

21st Street in Minneapolis

Retaining wall activities are being completed in the area. Intermittent work will continue.

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 for approximately two years until mid-2021.  See detour maps below.

Crews constructed a temporary trail bypass in the area where the North Cedar Lake Trail connects to the Kenilworth Trail. New signage is in place to direct trail users onto this newly constructed segment. This work is in preparation for station construction in Spring 2020.

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.

Glenwood Avenue in Minneapolis

Glenwood Avenue between Lyndale Avenue North and 11th Street North is closed until mid‑2021. Local access to businesses will be maintained. Generally, vehicle detours will use Lyndale Avenue, Olson Memorial Highway and 7th/10th Streets. The pedestrian detour continues to utilize Border Avenue, Holden Street and Royalston Avenue sidewalks. Utility work, retaining wall installation and freight track preparation continues. See detour map below.

Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis

Work on the LRT bridge piers on the east side of Royalston Avenue is ongoing and will continue through the winter. Expect pile driving activities in this area. Northbound Royalston Avenue is reduced to one lane and southbound Royalston Avenue is closed between Border Avenue and 5th Avenue. See the roadway impact map below.


Northbound I-494 to Eastbound TH 212 Detour

Northbound I-494 to Eastbound TH 212 Detour


Yellow Circle Roadway Changes in Minnetonka

Yellow Circle Roadway Changes in Minnetonka


Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins Detour

Upcoming Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins Detour


Minnesota River Bluff Trail from Shady Oak Road to 5th Avenue Detour

Minnesota River Bluff Trail from Shady Oak Road to 5th Avenue Detour


Cedar Lake and Kenilworth Trail Detours

SWLRT Detour Map 20190531


Glenwood Avenue in Minneapolis Detour

Glenwood Ave. Closure


Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis

Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis


 


In addition, here is a link to a presentation recently made to the Corridor Management Committee which includes awesome pictures of construction this fall, including some of the cars being built.

Southwest LRT Construction Update: December 13, 2019


Web: swlrt.org

Twitter: @SouthwestLRT

Construction Hotline: 612-373-3933

2020 Construction Schedule Preview

Next year will be a busy year for the project with active construction along the entire alignment. An overview of 2020 construction milestones is available on the project website for your reference. These schedules, available for each corridor community, highlight major construction activities and provide a general timeline for when activities are planned to occur. These schedules will be updated quarterly to reflect a year look ahead; please note, they are subject to change. The weekly updates will continue to have the most current information to guide you through construction.

Weekly Construction Photo: Blake Road Regional Trail Underpass in Hopkins

Blake Tunnel

Excavating and grading work for the South Cedar Lake Trail underpass continues at Blake Road in Hopkins. When complete, the new underpass will enable trail users to cross under Blake Road instead of interacting with vehicle traffic, improving pedestrian and bike safety in the area.


Highlights

  • Paving for the temporary bus loop as SouthWest Station in Eden Prairie is being completed today. This is one of last areas where asphalt paving will be placed prior to the winter season.
  • Roadway reconfiguration of Yellow and Red Circle Drives in Minnetonka are complete and traffic detours are in place.
  • The eastside of Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis has been closed to traffic for LRT bridge pier work.

On-going Activities Update

SouthWest Station Area in Eden Prairie

Pile driving will continue into 2020 as crews focus on different elements of the station site and the LRT bridge. Retaining wall work for the LRT guideway is also continuing in the area. Crews are constructing a temporary passenger waiting area for bus riders that will be completed in January. Final paving for the bus loop to the temporary shelter will occur today. The west drive entrance will reopen when paving work is complete. Transit riders will shift to the temporary facility once it is complete in mid-January.

The right turn lane on the eastbound Highway 212 ramp to Prairie Center Drive remains closed until Summer 2020.

Crews are working near the intersection of Technology Drive and Prairie Center Drive to build bridge piers. The sidewalk is closed on the northwest corner of Technology Drive and Prairie Center Drive; please follow detour signage to the southwest sidewalk next to Purgatory Park. Crews will be moving around in this area as they shift to build various bridge piers. In mid-January, work on the piers for the LRT bridge over Technology Drive will begin.

Eden Road Area in Eden Prairie

Retaining wall work is concluding for the winter; backfilling will resume in the spring.

LRT Bridge at I-494/Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie

Crews will resume work on the north abutment the week of December 16. Expect pile driving activities in the area over the next few months. Traffic control barriers continue to be in place. The I-494 eastbound ramp to Highway 212 remains closed until Spring 2020. See detour map below.

Valley View Road/Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie

The lane restriction on the ramp from Valley View Road to Highway 212 remains. Traffic is being diverted onto the HOV lane and will remain in this configuration through the winter. Crews are constructing multiple piers for the new LRT bridge. The various piers are at different stages of completion, with crews working on pile supports and formwork.

Nine Mile Creek

Pile driving for the LRT bridge structure and abutments at Nine Mile Creek will continue through the winter. The sidewalk on the west side of Flying Cloud Drive is closed; pedestrians will be able to use the east side.

Golden Triangle Station in Eden Prairie

Night work will continue for a couple of months in the area to install piles and sheeting. Additional night work may be scheduled in the future as work between the Golden Triangle Station to a bridge over Shady Oak Road and Highway 212 is completed. Related activities will occur during the daytime in the surrounding area as crews work on bridges, retaining walls, and relocating utilities simultaneously.

Highway 62 in Minnetonka  

Westbound traffic has been shifted to the south side of the highway to accommodate tunnel construction on the north side of the highway. This traffic configuration will be in place through 2020. Crews continue excavation for the LRT tunnel, with sheeting starting next week.

Red Circle Drive and Yellow Circle Drive in Minnetonka

Yellow and Red Circle Drives have been reconfigured. Yellow Circle Drive is temporarily dead-ended with a cul-de-sac where it connects to Red Circle Drive, and Yellow Circle has become a two-way roadway in the area south of Blue Circle Drive. A temporary by-pass road has also been completed on Red Circle Drive. This roadway configuration will allow for ongoing tunnel construction on Highway 62. See a map of the roadway changes below.

Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins

Smetana Road from Feltl Road to Nolan Drive is closed through 2020. A temporary bypass is in place west of the intersection of Smetana and Feltl roads to accommodate traffic in this area. See detour maps below.

Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail in Hopkins

The Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail in Hopkins is closed between Shady Oak Road and 5th Avenue South. See detour map below.

  • The section between 11th Avenue South and Shady Oak Road is closed due to storm sewer construction activities. This portion of the trail is closed until summer 2020.
  • The section between 8th Avenue South and 5th Avenue South is closed until Fall 2021.

Downtown Hopkins Station

Foundation work for the station is complete.  Work on the station structure will start in January.

Excelsior Boulevard Area in Hopkins

Crews continue to work on bridge piers and underground utilities in the area.

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, bikes and pedestrians, with separate closures of roadways upcoming at various dates. See detour maps below.

Blake Road in Hopkins

Crews are constructing a cut and cover tunnel for the regional trail under Blake Road. Southbound traffic will continue to be diverted to the east side of the road, with one lane in each direction, through the winter. Next spring, crews will move to the east side of the roadway and traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction.

Minnehaha Creek in St. Louis Park

Sheet piling and excavation for the new freight and trail bridge abutments continues in this area. Flaggers are monitoring recreational water use during times that construction activities make it unsafe to travel through the creek.

Louisiana Avenue in St. Louis Park

Vehicle traffic will continue to use one southbound lane and both northbound lanes. Bridge abutment and retaining wall construction continues.

Highway 100 in St. Louis Park

The project will be re-positioning the existing freight rail bridge and will build a new LRT bridge over Highway 100 in the spring/summer of 2020. Work on bridge abutments will resume the week of December 16.

Beltline Boulevard in St. Louis Park

Work on the new South Cedar Lake Trail Bridge continues. Crews are working on bridge piers and beams. Crews are also working on retaining walls in the area, which includes pile driving.

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, bikes and pedestrians remains open at Cedar Lake Parkway and at West 21st Street. See detour map below.

Chowen Avenue to Lake Street in Minneapolis

Storm sewer and watermain work will occur during the winter months. Work is anticipated in this area in January and is not expected to impact the trail.

Kenilworth Area Construction in Minneapolis

Sheet piling for the Kenilworth tunnel continues, moving north from Park Siding Park. Sheeting will stop short of Cedar Lake Parkway and the press-in-piler will return south, working towards Lake Street. Sheeting installation is expected to last until summer 2020. Tunnel excavation is currently anticipated to begin Spring 2020. 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 is also available.

Concrete work for the retaining walls south and north of the channel continues.

Cedar Lake (Kenilworth) Channel and Works Progress Administration (WPA) in Minneapolis

Crews will set the beams for the freight rail bridge during the week of December 16. The work was pushed from the previous dates due to the cold weather. Weather permitting, crews will focus efforts to complete the beams between two of the piers on December 17 and 18. Expect intermittent closures of the Channel for about 20 minutes at a time.

21st Street in Minneapolis

Retaining wall activities are being completed in the area.

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 for approximately two years until mid-2021.  See detour maps below.

If weather allows crews will install a temporary trail bypass in the area where the North Cedar Lake Trail connects to the Kenilworth Trail. This work is in preparation for station construction in spring 2020.  Flaggers will be in the area to direct pedestrians and cyclists through the construction area.

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.

Glenwood Avenue in Minneapolis

Glenwood Avenue between Lyndale Avenue North and 11th Street North is closed until mid‑2021. Local access to businesses will be maintained. Generally, vehicle detours will use Lyndale Avenue, Olson Memorial Highway and 7th/10th Streets. The pedestrian detour continues to utilize Border Avenue, Holden Street and Royalston Avenue sidewalks. Utility work, retaining wall installation and freight track preparation continues. See detour map below.

Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis

Work on the LRT bridge piers on the east side of Royalston Avenue is gearing up for ongoing winter activity.  Northbound Royalston Avenue is reduced to one lane and southbound Royalston Avenue is closed between Border Avenue and 5th Avenue.  See the roadway impact map below.


Northbound I-494 to Eastbound TH 212 Detour

Northbound I-494 to Eastbound TH 212 Detour


Yellow Circle Roadway Changes in Minnetonka

Yellow Circle Roadway Changes in Minnetonka


Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins Detour

Upcoming Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins Detour


Minnesota River Bluff Trail from Shady Oak Road to 5th Avenue Detour

Minnesota River Bluff Trail from Shady Oak Road to 5th Avenue Detour


Cedar Lake and Kenilworth Trail Detours

Cedar Lake and Kenilworth Trail Detours


Glenwood Avenue in Minneapolis Detour

Glenwood Ave. Closure


Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis

Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis


 

Southwest LRT Construction Update: December 6, 2019

Web: swlrt.org

Twitter: @SouthwestLRT

Construction Hotline: 612-373-3933

Construction Site Security

Fencing is an important part of any construction project as it provides security for the public, workers, and equipment. Most of the project corridor has been fenced and crews regularly inspect and repair the fencing as needed. The contractor uses cameras on equipment and fencing to deter trespassing, vandalism and theft. The contractor and the project office coordinate with corridor first responders to focus on safety. Project neighbors can be a partner in the safety effort by calling the construction hotline if they see any issues or suspicious activity.

Highlights

  • Work on the station structure begins on the Golden Triangle Station.
  • Both northbound lanes on Louisiana Avenue will open for traffic today.
  • Next week, crews will be setting beams for the freight rail bridge over the Cedar Lake Channel. Expect intermittent closures of the channel for about 20 minutes at a time.
  • Work on a temporary trail connection between the North Cedar Lake Trail and Kenilworth Corridor begins next week. Flaggers will be in the area.
  • LRT bridge pier work on Royalston Avenue will begin during the week of December 9.

Weekly Construction Photo: Temporary Shoring for the TH 212/Shady Oak Bridge

Weekly Construction Photo: Temporary Shoring for the 212/Shady Oak Bridge

Crews prepare to construct the LRT bridge that will span TH 212 and Shady Oak Road connecting Golden Triangle and City West stations.


On-going Activities Update

SouthWest Station Area in Eden Prairie

The temporary passenger drop-off lanes at SouthWest Transit Station have been moved to the west end of the parking structure; bus service continues to operate as usual. Pile driving will continue into 2020 as crews focus on different elements of the station site and the LRT bridge. Retaining wall work for the LRT guideway is also continuing in the area. Crews are constructing a temporary passenger waiting area for bus riders that will be completed in January. Final paving for the bus loop to the temporary shelter will occur the week of December 9. The west drive entrance will reopen when paving work is complete. Transit riders will shift to the temporary facility once it is complete in mid-January.

The right turn lane on the eastbound Hwy 212 ramp to Prairie Center Drive remains closed until Summer 2020.

Crews are working near the intersection of Technology Drive and Prairie Center Drive to build bridge piers. The sidewalk is closed on the northwest corner of Technology Drive and Prairie Center Drive; please follow detour signage to the southwest sidewalk next to Purgatory Park. Crews will be moving around in this area as they shift to build various bridge piers.

Eden Road Area in Eden Prairie

Retaining wall work is concluding for the winter; backfilling will resume in the spring.

LRT Bridge at I-494/Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie

Crews will resume work on the north abutment the week of December 16. Expect pile driving activities in the area over the next few months. Traffic control barriers continue to be in place. The I-494 eastbound ramp to TH 212 remains closed until Spring 2020. See detour map below.

Valley View Road/Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie

The lane restriction on the ramp from Valley View Road to TH 212 remains. Traffic is being diverted onto the HOV lane and will remain in this configuration through the winter. Crews are constructing multiple piers for the new LRT bridge. The various piers are at different stages of completion, with crews working on pile supports and formwork.

Nine Mile Creek

Pile driving for the LRT bridge structure and abutments at Nine Mile Creek will continue through the winter. In mid-December the sidewalk on the west side of Flying Cloud Drive will close; pedestrians will be able to use the east side.

Golden Triangle Station in Eden Prairie

Night work will continue for a couple of months in the area to install piles and sheeting. Additional night work may be scheduled in the future as work between the Golden Triangle Station to a bridge over Shady Oak Road and Hwy 212 is completed. Related activities will occur during the daytime in the surrounding area as crews work on the Golden Triangle Station, bridges, retaining walls, and relocating utilities simultaneously. Work on the station structure begins on the Golden Triangle Station.

TH 62 in Minnetonka  

Westbound traffic has been shifted to the south side of the highway to accommodate tunnel construction on the north side of the highway. This traffic configuration will be in place through 2020. Over the next few weeks crews will install temporary lighting and supports for the excavation of the LRT Tunnel.

Red Circle Drive and Yellow Circle Drive in Minnetonka

Yellow and Red Circle Drives are being reconfigured. Yellow Circle Drive will be temporarily dead-ended with a cul-de-sac where it connects to Red Circle Drive, and Yellow Circle will become a two-way roadway in the area south of Blue Circle Drive. A temporary by-pass road has also been completed on Red Circle Drive. This roadway configuration will allow for ongoing tunnel construction on TH 62. See a map of the roadway changes below.

Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins

Smetana Road from Feltl Road to Nolan Drive is closed through 2020. A temporary bypass is in place west of the intersection of Smetana and Feltl roads to accommodate traffic in this area. See detour maps below.

Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail in Hopkins

The Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail in Hopkins is closed between Shady Oak Road and 5th Avenue South. See detour map below.

  • The section between 11th Avenue South and Shady Oak Road is closed due to storm sewer construction activities. This portion of the trail is closed until summer 2020.
  • The section between 8th Avenue South and 5th Avenue South is closed until Fall 2021.

Downtown Hopkins Station

Foundation work for the station is complete.  Work on the station structure will start in January.

Excelsior Boulevard Area in Hopkins

Excelsior Boulevard at the freight railroad crossing reopened to vehicle traffic on Monday, November 25; thank you for your patience during the closure. Crews continue to work on bridge piers and underground utilities in the area.

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, bikes and pedestrians, with separate closures of roadways upcoming at various dates. See detour maps below.

Blake Road in Hopkins

Crews are constructing a cut and cover tunnel for the regional trail under Blake Road. Southbound traffic will continue to be diverted to the east side of the road, with one lane in each direction, through the winter. Next spring, crews will move to the east side of the roadway and traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction.

Minnehaha Creek in St. Louis Park

Sheet piling and excavation for the new freight and trail bridge abutments continues in this area. Flaggers are monitoring recreational water use during times that construction activities make it unsafe to travel through the creek.

Louisiana Avenue in St. Louis Park

Vehicle traffic will continue to use one southbound lane and starting today, both northbound lanes.

TH 100 in St. Louis Park

The project will be re-positioning the existing freight rail bridge and will build a new LRT bridge over TH 100 in the spring/summer of 2020. Work on bridge abutments will resume the week of December 16.

Beltline Boulevard in St. Louis Park

Work on the new South Cedar Lake Trail Bridge continues. Crews are working on bridge piers and beams. Crews are also working on retaining walls in the area, which includes pile driving.

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, bikes and pedestrians remains open at Cedar Lake Parkway and at W 21st Street. See detour map below.

Chowen Avenue to Lake Street in Minneapolis

Storm sewer and watermain work will occur during the winter months. Work is anticipated at the beginning of December and is not expected to impact the trail.

Kenilworth Area Construction in Minneapolis

Sheet piling for the Kenilworth tunnel continues, moving north from Park Siding Park. Sheeting will stop short of Cedar Lake Parkway and the press-in-piler will return south, working towards Lake Street. Sheeting installation is expected to last until summer 2020. Tunnel excavation is currently anticipated to begin Spring 2020. 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 is also available.

Concrete work for the retaining walls south and north of the channel continues.

Cedar Lake (Kenilworth) Channel and Works Progress Administration (WPA) in Minneapolis

Crews will set the beams for the freight rail bridge during the week of December 9. Weather permitting, crews will focus efforts to complete the beams between two of the piers on December 10 and 11. Expect intermittent closures of the Channel for about 20 minutes at a time.

21st Street in Minneapolis

Retaining wall activities are being completed in the area.

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 for approximately two years until mid-2021.  See detour maps below.

Crews will install a temporary trail bypass in the area where the North Cedar Lake Trail connects to the Kenilworth Trail. This work is in preparation for station construction in spring 2020.  Flaggers will be in the area to direct pedestrians and cyclists through the construction area.

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.

Glenwood Avenue in Minneapolis

Glenwood Avenue between Lyndale Avenue North and 11th Street North is closed until mid‑2021. Local access to businesses will be maintained. Generally, vehicle detours will use Lyndale Avenue, Olson Memorial Highway and 7th/10th Streets. The pedestrian detour continues to utilize Border Avenue, Holden Street and Royalston Avenue sidewalks. Utility work, retaining wall installation and freight track preparation continues. See detour map below.

Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis

Work on the LRT bridge piers will begin on the east side of the Royalston Avenue the week of December 9. Northbound Royalston Avenue will be reduced to one lane and southbound Royalston Avenue will be closed between Border Avenue and 5th Avenue.  See the roadway impact map below.


Northbound I-494 to Eastbound TH 212 Detour

Northbound I-494 to Eastbound TH 212 Detour


Yellow Circle Roadway Changes in Minnetonka

Yellow Circle Roadway Changes in Minnetonka


Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins Detour

Upcoming Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins Detour


Minnesota River Bluff Trail from Shady Oak Road to 5th Avenue Detour

Minnesota River Bluff Trail from Shady Oak Road to 5th Avenue Detour


Cedar Lake and Kenilworth Trail Detours

Cedar Lake and Kenilworth Trail Detours


Glenwood Avenue in Minneapolis Detour

Glenwood Ave. Detour Map


Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis

Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis


Southwest LRT Construction Update: November 22, 2019


Web: swlrt.org

Twitter: @SouthwestLRT

Construction Hotline: 612-373-3933

Holiday Construction

This update provides information for the next two weeks of upcoming construction activities. If there are any significant changes to the current schedule, we will issue an update specific to those items next week. Our next construction update will be Friday, December 6.

Crews will suspend most construction work for the Thanksgiving weekend, from Thursday November 27 through Sunday December 1. However, crews will be doing site inspections, conducting regular maintenance activities and may be performing utility work in the Glenwood area.

On Thanksgiving Day, the Southwest Project Office will be closed. Staff will be on call over the holiday weekend to address urgent issues received through the hotline. All other questions will be addressed on Monday, December 2.

Highlights

  • TH 62 westbound lanes will close tonight at 7:00 p.m., Friday, November 22 and reopen by 5:00 a.m. on Monday, November 25.
  • Night work has resumed around the Golden Triangle Station and will continue through mid-December.
  • Excelsior Boulevard will reopen to vehicle traffic on Monday.
  • LRT bridge pier work begins on Royalston Avenue the first week of December. Traffic control and fencing will be in place.

Weekly Construction Photo: Excelsior Boulevard in Hopkins

Weekly Construction Photo: Excelsior Boulevard in Hopkins

Synchronized excavators shift the freight rail track near Excelsior Boulevard.


On-going Activities Update

SouthWest Station Area in Eden Prairie

The temporary passenger drop-off lanes at SouthWest Transit Station have been moved to the west end of the parking structure; bus service continues to operate as usual. Pile driving will continue into 2020 as crews focus on different elements of the station site and the LRT bridge. Retaining wall work for the LRT guideway is also continuing in the area. Crews are constructing a temporary passenger waiting area for bus riders that will be completed early December. Work to complete the temporary shelter roof and grade the driveway is ongoing.  This work requires the west entrance to the shopping area to be closed until the end of November. Transit riders will shift to the temporary facility once it is complete in mid-December.

The right turn lane on the eastbound Hwy 212 ramp to Prairie Center Drive remains closed until Summer 2020.

Crews are working near the intersection of Technology Drive and Prairie Center Drive to build bridge piers. The sidewalk is closed on the northwest corner of Technology Drive and Prairie Center Drive; please follow detour signage to the southwest sidewalk next to Purgatory Park. Private utilities are also working in the area.

Eden Road Area in Eden Prairie

Retaining wall work is concluding for the winter; backfilling will resume in the spring. Utility companies are working in the area and near Flying Cloud Drive towards the east.

LRT Bridge at I-494/Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie

Crews will resume work on the north abutment in early December. Traffic control barriers continue to be in place. The I-494 eastbound ramp to TH 212 remains closed until Spring 2020. See detour map below.

Valley View Road/Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie

The lane restriction on the ramp from Valley View Road to TH 212 remains. Traffic is being diverted onto the HOV lane and will remain in this configuration through the winter. Crews are constructing multiple piers for the new LRT bridge. The various piers are at different stages of completion, with crews working on pile supports and formwork. Earthwork in the area will continue for as long as weather allows.

Nine Mile Creek

Piling driving for the bridge structure and abutments through Nine Mile Creek will continue through the winter.

Golden Triangle Station in Eden Prairie

Night work resumed in the area and will continue until approximately mid-December to install piles and sheeting. Private utility companies are working in the area as well. Similar activities will occur during the daytime in the surrounding area as crews work on the Golden Triangle Station, bridges, retaining walls and relocating utilities simultaneously.

Night work will continue intermittently as the segment between the Golden Triangle Station north of West 70th Street to a bridge over Shady Oak Road and Hwy 212 is completed. As work progresses, the Southwest Project Office will continue to look for opportunities to shift activities to the daytime.

TH 62 in Minnetonka  

This evening, Friday, November 22, at 7:00 p.m., the westbound lanes will close until 5:00 a.m. on Monday, November 25 to allow the contractor to shift westbound traffic to the south to accommodate the tunnel construction on the north side of the highway. Monday morning, westbound traffic will reopen with one lane in each direction. This traffic configuration will be in place through 2020. Crews will be breaking up existing concrete on the roadway starting at 7:00 p.m. and continuing overnight. This overnight work will be loud but it is necessary to minimize the road closure duration. See detour maps below.

Red Circle Drive and Yellow Circle Drive in Minnetonka

Construction starts next week to change the road configuration on Yellow and Red Circle Drives. Yellow Circle Drive will be temporarily dead ended where it connects to Red Circle Drive, and Yellow Circle will become a two-way roadway in the area south of Blue Circle Drive. A temporary by-pass road will also be built on Red Circle Drive. This roadway configuration will allow for ongoing tunnel construction on TH 62. See a map of the roadway changes below.

Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins

Smetana Road from Feltl Road to Nolan Drive is closed for up to a year. A temporary bypass is in place west of the intersection of Smetana and Feltl roads to accommodate traffic in this area. See detour maps below.

Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail in Hopkins

The Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail in Hopkins is closed between Shady Oak Road and 5th Avenue South. See detour map below.

  • The section between 11th Avenue South and Shady Oak Road is closed due to storm sewer construction activities. This portion of the trail is closed until summer 2020.
  • The section between 8th Avenue South and 5th Avenue South is closed until Fall 2021.

 Downtown Hopkins Station

Foundation work for the station is complete.  Work on the structure of the station will start later this winter.

Excelsior Boulevard Area in Hopkins

Excelsior Boulevard at the freight railroad crossing re-opens to vehicle traffic on Monday. Crews are working on underground utilities, freight rail tracks and the LRT bridge structure. See detour map below.

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, bikes and pedestrians, with separate closure of roadways upcoming at various dates. See detour maps below.

Blake Road in Hopkins

Crews are constructing a cut and cover tunnel under Blake Road for the regional trail. Southbound traffic will continue to be diverted to the east side of the road, with one lane in each direction, through the winter. Next spring, crews will move to the other side of the roadway and traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction.

Minnehaha Creek in St. Louis Park

Sheet piling and excavation for the new freight and trail bridge abutments continues in the area. Flaggers are monitoring recreational water use during times that construction activities make it unsafe to travel through the creek.

Louisiana Avenue in St. Louis Park

Vehicle traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction as crews work on new freight and pedestrian bridge abutments; expect piling activity in the area.

TH 100 in St. Louis Park

The project will be re-positioning the existing freight rail bridge and will build a new LRT bridge over TH 100. Work on bridge abutments will begin in early December

Beltline Boulevard in St. Louis Park

Work on the new South Cedar Lake Trail Bridge continues. Crews are working on the bridge spans. Crews are also working on retaining walls in the area, which includes pile driving.

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, bikes and pedestrians remains open at Cedar Lake Parkway and at W 21st Street. See detour map below.

Chowen Avenue to Lake Street in Minneapolis

Storm sewer and watermain work will occur during the winter months. Work is anticipated at the beginning of December and is not expected to impact the trail.

Kenilworth Area Construction in Minneapolis

Crews will re-start sheet pile installation for the Kenilworth tunnel using the press-in piler near Park Siding Park and will continue work moving north. Sheeting will stop short of Cedar Lake Parkway and the press-in-piler will return south, working towards Lake Street. Sheeting installation is expected to last until summer 2020 . Tunnel excavation is currently anticipated to begin Spring 2020, however if weather allows, some excavation could start later this Fall. 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 is also available.

Concrete work for the retaining walls south and north of the channel continues.

Cedar Lake Parkway in Minneapolis

Centerpoint Energy is wrapping up utility work. There will still be minor impacts to adjacent roadways and trails in the area as they finish gas service work through November.  

Cedar Lake (Kenilworth) Channel and Works Progress Administration (WPA) in Minneapolis

Pier construction and piling for the new freight bridge is ongoing, crews are currently working on the north abutment. Crews are also working on retaining walls near the channel. Individuals using the waterway between Lake of the Isles and Cedar Lake may encounter intermittent closures lasting approximately 20 minutes during construction activity. A short video highlighting preservation efforts can be found on the project website: swlrt.org.

21st Street in Minneapolis

Retaining wall activities are being completed in the area.

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 for approximately two years until mid-2021. See detour maps below.

Glenwood Avenue in Minneapolis

The closure of Glenwood Avenue between Lyndale Avenue North and 11th Street North began on July 15, 2019 and is anticipated to last approximately two years. Local access to businesses will be maintained. Generally, vehicle detours will use Lyndale Avenue, Olson Memorial Highway and 7th/10th Streets. The pedestrian detour continues to utilize Border Avenue, Holden Street and Royalston Avenue sidewalks. Utility work, retaining wall installation and freight track preparation continues. See detour map below.

Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis

Work on the LRT bridge piers will begin on the east side of the Royalston Avenue in early December. Northbound Royalston Avenue will be reduced to one lane and southbound Royalston Avenue will be closed between Border Avenue and 5th Avenue. See the roadway impact map below.


Northbound I-494 to Eastbound TH 212 Detour

Northbound I-494 to Eastbound TH 212 Detour


TH 62 in Minnetonka

TH 62 in Minnetonka


Yellow Circle Roadway Changes in Minnetonka

Yellow Circle Roadway Changes in Minnetonka


Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins Detour

Upcoming Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins Detour


Minnesota River Bluff Trail from Shady Oak Road to 5th Avenue Detour

Minnesota River Bluff Trail from Shady Oak Road to 5th Avenue Detour


Excelsior Boulevard Detour in Hopkins

 Excelsior Boulevard Detour


Cedar Lake and Kenilworth Trail Detours

Cedar Lake and Kenilworth Trail Detours


Glenwood Avenue in Minneapolis Detour

Glenwood Ave. Closure


Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis

 Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis


Southwest LRT Construction Update: November 15, 2019


Web: swlrt.org

Twitter: @SouthwestLRT

Construction Hotline: 612-373-3933

TH 62 Tunnel Work Beginning

At 10:00 p.m., Friday, November 15, the westbound lanes will close until 5:00 a.m. on Monday, November 18 (see detour map below) to allow the contractor to shift westbound traffic to the south to accommodate the tunnel construction on the north side of the highway. Monday morning, westbound traffic will reopen with one lane in each direction. This traffic configuration will be in place through 2020.

Highlights

  • Excelsior Boulevard in Hopkins to reopen next week.
  • Smetana Road from Feltl Road to Nolan Drive in Hopkins/Minnetonka to close for up to a year, starting next week.
  • Cedar Lake Parkway in Minneapolis, westbound closure for three days for utility work, starting Monday.
  • WPA wall video highlighting preservation efforts available at swlrt.org.

Weekly Construction Photo: Minnehaha Creek in St. Louis Park

Minnehaha Creek in St. Louis Park

Crews work on abutments for the Minnehaha Creek Bridge. Demolition is completed and sheet wall placement is also in process.


On-going Activities Update

SouthWest Station Area in Eden Prairie

The temporary passenger drop-off lanes at SouthWest Transit Station have been moved to the west end of the parking structure; bus service continues to operate as usual. Pile driving will continue into 2020 as crews focus on different elements of the station site and the LRT bridge. Retaining wall work for the LRT guideway is also continuing in the area. Crews are constructing a temporary passenger waiting area for bus riders that will be completed early December. Then crews will demolish the current SouthWest Transit Station passenger waiting area and former office building through January. The west entrance to the shopping area and parking ramp is temporarily closed and will continue to be closed through late November. Crews are currently working on grading and paving the bus loop.

The right turn lane on the eastbound Hwy 212 ramp to Prairie Center Drive remains closed until Summer 2020.

Crews are working near the intersection of Technology Drive and Prairie Center Drive to build bridge piers. The sidewalk is closed on the northwest corner of Technology Drive and Prairie Center Drive; please follow detour signage to the southwest sidewalk next to Purgatory Park. Private utilities are also working in the area.

Eden Road Area in Eden Prairie

Crews continue to perform grading and retaining wall work. A few of the retaining walls have been completed and crews are beginning to backfill around the wall, which will then allow other construction activities to begin. Utility companies are also working in the area and near Flying Cloud Drive towards the east.

LRT Bridge at I-494/Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie

Crews will resume work on the north abutment in the coming weeks; traffic control barriers continue to be in place. The I-494 eastbound ramp to TH 212 remains closed until Spring 2020. See detour map below.

Valley View Road/Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie

The lane restriction on the ramp from Valley View Road to TH 212 remains. Traffic is being diverted onto the HOV lane. Crews are constructing multiple piers for the new LRT bridge. The various piers are at different stages of completion, with crews working on pile supports and formwork. Earthwork in the area will continue for as long as weather allows.

Nine Mile Creek

Piling driving for the bridge structure and abutments through Nine Mile Creek will began this week and continue through the winter.

Golden Triangle Station in Eden Prairie

Crews continue working on the Golden Triangle Station; concrete and erosion control work is also ongoing in the area. Crews are working to install retaining walls that include drilled foundations. Piling activities will continue in the Golden Triangle Station area during the daytime. Night work is anticipated to resume Monday, November 18th for roughly a week to install sheet pile. Night work could continue intermittently as the segment between the Golden Triangle Station north of West 70th Street to a bridge over Shady Oak Road and Hwy 212 is completed. As work progresses, the Southwest Project Office will continue to look for opportunities to shift activities to the daytime.

Red Circle Drive and Yellow Circle Drive in Minnetonka

Construction starts next week to change the road configuration on Yellow and Red Circle Drives. Yellow Circle Drive will be temporarily dead ended where it connects to Red Circle Drive, and Yellow Circle will become a two-way roadway in the area south of Blue Circle Drive. A temporary by-pass road will also be built on Red Circle Drive. This roadway configuration will allow for ongoing tunnel construction on TH 62. See a map of the roadway changes below.

Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins

Smetana Road from Feltl Court to Feltl Road reopened this week. Starting the week of November 18, Smetana Road from Feltl Road to Nolan Drive will close for up to a year (see upcoming detour map below). A temporary bypass will be in place west of the intersection of Smetana and Feltl roads to accommodate traffic in this area.

Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail in Hopkins

The Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail in Hopkins is closed between Shady Oak Road and 5th Avenue South. See detour map below.

  • The section between 11th Avenue South and Shady Oak Road is closed due to storm sewer construction activities. This portion of the trail is closed until summer 2020.
  • The section between 8th Avenue South and 5th Avenue South is closed until Fall 2021.

Downtown Hopkins Station

Foundation work for the station is complete. Work on the structure of the station will start later this winter.

Excelsior Boulevard Area in Hopkins

Excelsior Boulevard at the freight railroad crossing re-opens to vehicle traffic late next week. Crews are working on underground utilities, freight rail tracks and the LRT bridge structure. Expect traffic delays in this area. See detour map below.

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 (see detour maps below). 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, bikes and pedestrians, with separate closure of roadways upcoming at various dates.

Blake Road in Hopkins

Crews are constructing a cut and cover tunnel under Blake Road for the regional trail. Southbound traffic will continue to be diverted to the east side of the road, with one lane in each direction, through the winter. Once tunnel work is complete on the west side of the road, the work will shift to the east side of the road and traffic will be diverted to the west side of the road.

Minnehaha Creek in St. Louis Park

Sheet piling and excavation for the new freight and trail bridge abutments continues in the area. Flaggers are monitoring recreational water use during times that construction activities make it unsafe to travel through the creek. Individuals using the waterway may encounter intermittent closures lasting approximately 20 minutes during construction activity.

Louisiana Avenue in St. Louis Park

Vehicle traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction as crews work on new freight and pedestrian bridge abutments; expect piling activity in the area. Another full closure of Louisiana Avenue is anticipated this winter to set bridge beams. It is anticipated that duration of this closure will be 3 days. Signs will be posted seven days prior to the closure.

TH 100 in St. Louis Park

The project will be re-positioning the existing freight rail bridge and will build a new LRT bridge over TH 100. Work on bridge abutments will begin in the coming weeks.

Beltline Boulevard in St. Louis Park

Work on the new South Cedar Lake Trail Bridge continues. Crews are working on bridge abutments, performing pier work. Crews are also working on retaining walls in the area, which includes pile driving.

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, bikes and pedestrians remains open at Cedar Lake Parkway and at W 21st Street. See detour map below.

Chowen Avenue to Lake Street in Minneapolis

Storm sewer and watermain work is anticipated to continue during the winter months. Work is anticipated at the end of November and should not impact the trail.

Kenilworth Area Construction in Minneapolis

Crews began installing the sheet piles for the Kenilworth tunnel near Park Siding Park and will continue work moving north. Sheeting will stop short of Cedar Lake Parkway and the press-in-piler will return south, working towards Lake Street. Sheeting installation is expected to last until summer 2020 with two press-in-pilers. Tunnel excavation is currently anticipated to begin Spring 2020, however if weather allows, some excavation could start later this Fall. 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 is also available.

Concrete work for the retaining walls south and north of the channel continues.

Cedar Lake Parkway in Minneapolis

Centerpoint Energy crews are doing utility work along Cedar Lake Parkway between Burnham Road and Benton Blvd. Weather permitting, on Monday the westbound traffic lane of Cedar Lake Parkway will be detoured for three days. See detour map below. This activity will also impact the sidewalk on the northside. Bike and pedestrian traffic will be able to travel through this area on the south side of the roadway. Overall, utility work in this area will last through November.

Cedar Lake (Kenilworth) Channel and Works Progress Administration (WPA) in Minneapolis

Pier construction and piling for the new freight bridge is ongoing, crews are currently working on the north abutment. Some piling work will occur south of channel for retaining walls. Individuals using the waterway between Lake of the Isles and Cedar Lake may encounter intermittent closures lasting approximately 20 minutes during construction activity. A full closure of the Cedar Lake Channel is expected later this Fall or Winter; a 14-day advanced notification will be provided prior to a full closure. A short video highlighting preservation efforts can be found on the project website: swlrt.org.

21st Street in Minneapolis

Retaining wall activities are being completed in the area.

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 for approximately two years until mid-2021 (see detour maps below).

Glenwood Avenue in Minneapolis

The closure of Glenwood Avenue between Lyndale Avenue North and 11th Street North began on July 15, 2019 and is anticipated to last approximately two years. Local access to businesses will be maintained. Generally, vehicle detours will use Lyndale Avenue, Olson Memorial Highway and 7th/10th Streets. The pedestrian detour continues to utilize Border Avenue, Holden Street and Royalston Avenue sidewalks. See detour map below. Utility work, retaining wall installation and freight track preparation continues.

Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis

Utility work on Royalston Avenue is wrapping-up. Crews are working on the west side of the road and traffic is reduced to one sound bound lane. After the utility work is complete, work on the LRT bridge piers will begin on the east side of the road, beginning early December.


Northbound I-494 to Eastbound TH 212 Detour

Northbound I-494 to Eastbound TH 212 Detour


TH 62 in Minnetonka

TH 62 in Minnetonka


Yellow Circle Roadway Changes in Minnetonka

Yellow Circle Roadway Changes in Minnetonka


Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins Detour

Upcoming Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins Detour


Minnesota River Bluff Trail from Shady Oak Road to 5th Avenue Detour

Minnesota River Bluff Trail from Shady Oak Road to 5th Avenue Detour


Excelsior Boulevard Detour in Hopkins

 Excelsior Boulevard Detour


Cedar Lake and Kenilworth Trail Detours

SWLRT Detour Map 20190531


Cedar Lake Parkway in Minneapolis Detour

Cedar Lake Parkway in Minneapolis Detour


Glenwood Avenue in Minneapolis Detour

Glenwood Ave. Closure

 

 

 


Southwest LRT Construction Update: November 8, 2019

Web: swlrt.org

Twitter: @SouthwestLRT

Construction Hotline: 612-373-3933

Setting-up Winter Conditions

With below freezing temperatures in the forecast we will be preparing many of the sites along the Southwest LRT corridor for winter working conditions. Crews will be finishing paving work, earthwork, and site stabilization. Many activities will continue over the winter months including: Prairie Center Drive Bridge sheeting and support piling, Nine Mile Creek piling, Louisiana Bridge span construction, Beltline Trail Bridge span construction, and Kenilworth Tunnel sheet pile installation.


Weekly Construction Photo: Louisiana Avenue in St. Louis Park

Weekly Construction Photo: Louisiana Avenue in St. Louis Park

The center piers are placed, and crews work (as seen in the background) on abutments. Bridge spans over Louisiana Avenue will take shape later this year.


North Cedar Lake Trail Short-Term Detour

Beginning the week of November 11, for approximately one week, MnDOT will be conducting drainage and maintenance work around I-394 that will impact trail detours. This work is unrelated to the Southwest LRT project. However, we have been coordinating with MnDOT on pedestrian and bicycle detours and appropriate signage in this area. Pedestrians and bikers will be rerouted onto Kenwood Parkway (see detour maps below). The rest of the detour route remains the same.

On-going Activities Update

SouthWest Station Area in Eden Prairie

The temporary passenger drop-off lanes at SouthWest Transit Station have been moved to the west end of the parking structure; bus service continues to operate as usual. Pile driving will continue into 2020 as crews focus on different elements of the station site and the LRT bridge. Retaining wall work for the LRT guideway is also continuing in the area. Crews are constructing a temporary passenger waiting area for bus riders that will be completed early December. Then crews will demolish the current SouthWest Transit Station passenger waiting area and former office building through January. The west entrance to the shopping area and parking ramp is temporarily closed and will continue to be closed through late November. Crews are currently working on grading and paving the bus loop.

Crews are working near the intersection of Technology Drive and Prairie Center Drive to build bridge piers. The sidewalk is closed on the northwest corner of Technology Drive and Prairie Center Drive; please follow detour signage to the southwest sidewalk next to Purgatory Park.

Eden Road Area in Eden Prairie

Crews continue to perform grading and retaining wall work. Retaining walls have taken shape in the area. A few of the retaining walls have been completed and crews are beginning to backfill around the wall, which will then allow other construction activities to begin. Utility companies are also working in the area and near Flying Cloud Drive towards the east.

LRT Bridge at I-494/Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie

Pier construction in the center median of I-494 for the new LRT bridge is complete. Crews will resume work on the north abutment in the coming weeks; traffic control barriers continue to be in place. The I-494 eastbound ramp to TH 212 remains closed. See detour map below.

Valley View Road/Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie

A lane restriction has been added in the area of Flying Cloud Drive and TH 212, where work has begun on the ramp from Valley View Road to TH 212. Traffic is being diverted onto the HOV lane. Crews are constructing multiple piers for the new LRT bridge. The various piers are at different stages of completion, with crews working on pile supports and formwork. Earthwork in the area will continue for as long as weather allows.

Nine Mile Creek

Piling driving for the bridge structure and abutments through Nine Mile Creek will begin next week and continue through the winter.

Golden Triangle Station in Eden Prairie

Crews are working on the foundation of the Golden Triangle Station; concrete and erosion control work is also ongoing in the area. Crews are working to install retaining walls that include drilled foundations. Piling activities will continue in the Golden Triangle Station area during the daytime. Night piling work is anticipated to resume later this Fall. Night work could continue intermittently as the segment between the Golden Triangle Station north of West 70th Street to a bridge over Shady Oak Road and Hwy 212 is completed. As work progresses, the Southwest Project Office will continue to look for opportunities to shift activities to the daytime.

TH 62 in Minnetonka

Crews have shifted eastbound traffic to a single lane on new temporary pavement. Crews are working to complete construction activities in the median, where pavement is being widened for the traffic shift. Weather permitting, we anticipate final paving for the shift to occur over the next two weeks. Both eastbound and westbound traffic will shift to the south side of the highway, two lanes in each direction. Once traffic is shifted crews will begin the construction of the cut and cover LRT tunnel under the westbound lanes of TH 62. Expect traffic delays through the duration of these activities.

Red Circle Drive and Yellow Circle Drive in Minnetonka

Starting in mid to late November, Yellow Circle Drive will be temporarily dead ended where it connects to Red Circle Drive, and Yellow Circle will become a two way roadway in the area south of Blue Circle Drive. A temporary by-pass road will also be built on Red Circle Drive. This roadway configuration will allow for ongoing tunnel construction on TH 62. See a map of the roadway changes below.

Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins

Smetana Road from Feltl Court to Feltl Road remains closed until mid-next week (see detour map below). The temporary roadway bypass construction will also be completed next week. After the bypass is open Smetana Road from Feltl Road to Nolan Drive will close for up to a year (see upcoming detour map below). We anticipate this second phase of closures will begin the week of November 18th. Signs will be posted seven days before each closure. Utility companies are working near the Opus Station.

Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail in Hopkins

The Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail in Hopkins is closed between Shady Oak Road and 5th Avenue South. See detour map below.

  • The section between 11th Avenue South and Shady Oak Road is closed due to storm sewer construction activities. This portion of the trail is closed until summer 2020.
  • The section between 8th Avenue South and 5th Avenue South is closed until Fall 2021.

Downtown Hopkins Station

Foundation work for the station continues and is anticipated to be completed next week.

Excelsior Boulevard Area in Hopkins

Excelsior Boulevard at the freight railroad crossing will remain closed to all vehicle traffic until the week of November 18. Crews are working on underground utilities, freight rail tracks and the LRT bridge structure. Expect traffic delays in this area. See detour map below.

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 (see detour maps below). 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, bikes and pedestrians, with separate closure of roadways upcoming at various dates.

Blake Road in Hopkins

Crews are constructing a cut and cover tunnel under Blake Road for the regional trail. Southbound traffic continues to be diverted to the east side of the road, with one lane in each direction; this will last for approximately six months. Once tunnel work is complete on the west side of the road, the work will shift to the east side of the road and traffic will be diverted to the west side of the road.

Minnehaha Creek in St. Louis Park

Crews demolished the regional trail bridge that spans Minnehaha Creek in St. Louis Park. Sheet piling and excavation for the new freight and trail bridge abutments are underway in the area. Flaggers are monitoring recreational water use during times that construction activities make it unsafe to travel through the creek. Individuals using the waterway may encounter intermittent closures lasting approximately 20 minutes during construction activity.

Louisiana Avenue in St. Louis Park

Vehicle traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction as crews work on new freight and pedestrian bridge abutments; expect piling activity in the area. Another full closure of Louisiana Avenue is anticipated early December to set bridge beams. It is anticipated that duration of this closure will be 3 days. Signs will be posted seven days prior to the closure.

TH 100 in St. Louis Park

The project will be re-positioning the existing freight rail bridge and will build a new LRT bridge over TH 100. Work on abutments will begin in the coming weeks.

Beltline Boulevard in St. Louis Park

Work on the new South Cedar Lake Trail Bridge continues. Crews are working on bridge abutments and performing pier work. Crews are also working on retaining walls in the area, which includes pile driving. Work in this area will continue through winter.

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, bikes and pedestrians remains open at Cedar Lake Parkway and at W 21st Street. See detour map below.

Chowen Avenue to Lake Street in Minneapolis

Storm sewer and watermain work is anticipated to continue during the winter months. No work is currently anticipated in the next week.

Kenilworth Area Construction in Minneapolis

Sheet piling for the Kenilworth LRT Tunnel could start next week, as soon as the final pieces of equipment are delivered to the site. The contractor plans to start tunnel sheet piling work near Park Siding Park and will move north towards Cedar Lake Parkway. Sheeting will stop short of Cedar Lake Parkway and the press-in-piler will return south, working towards Lake Street. Sheeting installation is expected to last until summer 2020 with two press-in-pilers. Tunnel excavation is currently anticipated to begin Spring 2020, however if weather allows, some excavation could start later this Fall. 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 is also available.

Concrete work for the retaining walls south and north of the channel continues.

Burnham Road in Minneapolis

Temporary pavement was installed late this week and the roadway has been reopened.

Cedar Lake Parkway in Minneapolis

Centerpoint Energy utility work will begin next week on the northern half (westbound) of Cedar Lake Parkway between Burnham Road and Benton Blvd. Work in this area will last until the third week of November. There will be minor impacts to vehicle traffic. The sidewalk/trail along the north side Cedar Lake Parkway is anticipated to be closed. Bike and pedestrian traffic will be able to travel through this area on the south side of the roadway.

Cedar Lake (Kenilworth) Channel and Works Progress Administration (WPA) in Minneapolis

Pier construction and piling for the new freight bridge is ongoing. Some piling work will occur north of channel for retaining walls. Individuals using the waterway between Lake of the Isles and Cedar Lake may encounter intermittent closures lasting approximately 20 minutes during construction activity. A full closure of the Cedar Lake Channel is expected later this Fall or winter; a 14-day advanced notification will be provided prior to a full closure.

21st Street in Minneapolis

The contractor has completed sheet piling work for the retaining wall immediately north of 21st Street using the press-in-piler. Activities to complete the wall, such as placing concrete are ongoing.

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 for approximately two years until mid-2021 (see detour maps below).

For the week of November 11, for approximately one week, MnDOT will be working on drainage work. Please follow MnDOT detour onto Kenwood Parkway (see detour maps below).

Glenwood Avenue in Minneapolis

The closure of Glenwood Avenue between Lyndale Avenue North and 11th Street North began on July 15, 2019 and is anticipated to last approximately two years. Local access to businesses will be maintained. Generally, vehicle detours will use Lyndale Avenue, Olson Memorial Highway and 7th/10th Streets. The pedestrian detour continues to utilize Border Avenue, Holden Street and Royalston Avenue sidewalks. See detour map below. Utility work, retaining wall installation and freight track preparation continues.

Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis

Utility work on Royalston Avenue is ongoing. Work is anticipated to last until mid-November. Crews will work on the west side of the road; southbound traffic will be diverted to the east side of the road. After the utility work is complete, work on the LRT bridge piers will begin on the east side of the road.


Northbound I-494 to Eastbound TH 212 Detour

Northbound I-494 to Eastbound TH 212 Detour


Yellow Circle Roadway Changes in Minnetonka

Yellow Circle Roadway Changes in Minnetonka


Current Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins Detour

Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins


Upcoming Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins Detour

Upcoming Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins Detour


Minnesota River Bluff Trail from Shady Oak Road to 5th Avenue Detour

Minnesota River Bluff Trail from Shady Oak Road to 5th Avenue Detour


Excelsior Boulevard Detour in Hopkins

 Excelsior Boulevard Detour


Cedar Lake and Kenilworth Trail Detours

Cedar Lake and Kenilworth Trail Detours


Cedar Lake Trail in Minneapolis with MnDOT Detour

MnDOT Detour: Cedar Lake Trail in Minneapolis


Southwest LRT Cedar Lake Trail Detour in Minneapolis

Cedar Lake Trail Detour Map


Glenwood Avenue in Minneapolis Detour

Glenwood Ave. Closure


Southwest LRT Construction Update: November 1, 2019


Web: swlrt.org

Twitter: @SouthwestLRT

Construction Hotline: 612-373-3933

Site Clearing, Brush Removal and Earth Work

Clearing and site prep work continues through the Southwest LRT corridor. While most of the Southwest LRT project is under construction, there are still a few limited areas where crews are mobilizing and beginning site preparation. Site clearing and brush removal can continue into the winter. During colder months in many project areas, earthwork may be suspended.


Weekly Construction Photo: Cedar Lake Channel Freight Bridge taking shape in Minneapolis

Weekly Construction Photo: Cedar Lake Channel Freight Bridge in Minneapolis

Crews build the freight bridge piers and abutments over the Cedar Lake Channel.


SouthWest Station Area in Eden Prairie

The temporary passenger drop-off lanes at SouthWest Transit Station have been moved to the west end of the parking structure; bus service continues to operate as usual. Pile driving will continue into 2020 as crews focus on different elements of the station site and the LRT bridge. Retaining wall work for the LRT guideway is also continuing in the area. Crews are constructing a temporary passenger waiting area for bus riders that will be completed late November. Then crews will demolish the current SouthWest Transit Station passenger waiting area and former office building through January. The west entrance to the shopping area and parking ramp is temporarily closed and will continue to be closed through late November.

Crews are working near the intersection of Technology Drive and Prairie Center Drive to build bridge piers. The sidewalk is closed on the northwest corner of Technology Drive and Prairie Center Drive; please follow detour signage to the southwest sidewalk next to Purgatory Park.

Eden Road Area in Eden Prairie

Crews continue to perform grading and retaining wall work. Retaining walls have taken shape in the area. A few of the retaining walls have been completed and crews are beginning to backfill around the wall, which will then allow other construction activities to begin Utility companies are also working in the area and near Flying Cloud Drive towards the east.

LRT Bridge at I-494/Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie

Pier construction in the center median of I-494 for the new LRT bridge is nearly complete; traffic control barriers continue to be in place. The I-494 eastbound ramp to TH 212 remains closed. See detour map below. Work to re-pave the median is beginning this week. Weather permitting, there will be lane closures on Sunday, November 3 to re-stripe lanes to set-up traffic for the winter configuration in this area. Please remember to observe the posted speed limit to ensure safety for everyone.

Valley View Road/Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie

A lane restriction has been added in the area of Flying Cloud Drive and TH 212, where work has begun on the ramp from Valley View Road to TH 212. Traffic is being diverted onto the HOV lane. Crews are constructing multiple piers for the new LRT bridge. The various piers are at different stages of completion, with crews working on pile supports and formwork. Earthwork in the area will continue for as long as weather allows.

Golden Triangle Station in Eden Prairie

Piling activities continue in the Golden Triangle Station area during the daytime. Night piling work is anticipated to resume later this Fall. Night work could continue intermittently as the segment between the Golden Triangle Station north of West 70th Street to a bridge over Shady Oak Road and Hwy 212 is completed. As work progresses, the Southwest Project Office will continue to look for opportunities to shift activities to the daytime. Crews are also working on retaining walls and sanitary sewer in the area. The Golden Triangle station is also starting to take shape.

TH 62 in Minnetonka

Crews have shifted eastbound traffic to a single lane on new temporary pavement. Crews are working to complete construction activities in the median, where pavement is being widened for the traffic shift. We anticipate that during the week of November 11, both eastbound and westbound traffic will shift to the south side of the highway, two lanes in each direction. Once traffic is shifted crews will begin the construction of the cut and cover LRT tunnel under the westbound lanes of TH 62. Expect traffic delays through the duration of these activities.

Red Circle Drive and Yellow Circle Drive in Minnetonka

Starting in mid-November, Yellow Circle Drive will be temporarily dead-ended where it connects to Red Circle Drive, and Yellow Circle will become bi-directional in the area south of Blue Circle Drive. A temporary by-pass road will also be built on Red Circle Drive. This roadway configuration will allow for ongoing tunnel construction on TH 62. See a map of the roadway changes below.

Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins

Smetana Road from Feltl Court to Feltl Road remains closed and is anticipated to be closed for one more week (see detour map below). Crews are working on a storm sewer and will begin constructing a bypass road on Smetana Road, west of Feltl Road. After the bypass is open Smetana Road from Feltl Road to Nolan Drive will close for up to a year (see upcoming detour map below). Signs will be posted seven days before each closure. Excavation for the Opus Station, south of this area, is ongoing.

Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail in Hopkins

The Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail in Hopkins is closed between Shady Oak Road and 5th Avenue South. See detour map below.

  • The section between 11th Avenue South and Shady Oak Road is closed due to storm sewer construction activities. This portion of the trail is closed until summer 2020.
  • The section between 8th Avenue South and 5th Avenue South is closed until Fall 2021.

Excelsior Boulevard Area in Hopkins

Excelsior Boulevard at the freight railroad crossing will remain closed to all vehicle traffic until mid-November. Crews are working on underground utilities, freight rail tracks and the LRT bridge structure. Expect traffic delays in this area. See detour map below.

This weekend, November 2 – 3, crews will be completing the freight rail work necessary to reopen the road in the coming weeks. Note that freight rail signal work at the Excelsior Boulevard crossing may have an impact on signals at Blake Road and 5th Street. Flaggers will control vehicle traffic when train cross at those intersections as needed. Please follow directions of construction crews when traveling in the area.

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 (see detour maps below). 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, bikes and pedestrians, with separate closure of roadways upcoming at various dates.

Blake Road in Hopkins

Crews are constructing a cut and cover tunnel under Blake Road for the regional trail. Southbound traffic continues to be diverted to the east side of the road, with one lane in each direction; this will last for approximately six months. Once tunnel work is complete on the west side of the road, the work will shift to the east side of the road and traffic will be diverted to the west side of the road.

Minnehaha Creek in St. Louis Park

Crews demolished the regional trail bridge that spans Minnehaha Creek in St. Louis Park. Sheet piling and excavation for the new freight and trail bridge abutments are underway in the area. Flaggers are monitoring recreational water use during times that construction activities make it unsafe to travel through the creek. Individuals using the waterway may encounter intermittent closures lasting approximately 20 minutes during construction activity.

Louisiana Avenue in St. Louis Park

Vehicle traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction as crews work on new freight and pedestrian bridge abutments; expect piling activity in the area. Another full closure of Louisiana Avenue is anticipated in late November to set bridge beams. Signs will be posted seven days prior to the closure.

TH 100 in St. Louis Park

The project will be re-positioning the existing freight rail bridge and will build a new LRT bridge over TH 100. Crews will continue to work on the new LRT bridge abutments. Crews will be working on the east abutment starting the week of November 4.

Beltline Boulevard in St. Louis Park

Work on the new South Cedar Lake Trail Bridge continues. Crews are working on bridge abutments and performing pier work. Crews are also working on retaining walls in the area, which includes pile driving. Work in this area will continue through winter.

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, bikes and pedestrians remains open at Cedar Lake Parkway and at W 21st Street. See detour map below.

Chowen Avenue to Lake Street in Minneapolis

Storm sewer and watermain work will be the focus of construction activities in this area for the coming weeks. Some tree removal is ongoing. Next week crews will begin to construct a temporary trail as well as the new permanent trail segment. While the trail currently remains open during these activities, flaggers will be on the trail to periodically direct bike and pedestrian movements; expect occasional short-term delays.

Kenilworth Area Construction in Minneapolis

Sheet piling for the Kenilworth LRT Tunnel is anticipated to begin the week of November 4. The contractor plans to start tunnel sheet piling work near Park Siding Park and will move north towards Cedar Lake Parkway. Sheeting will stop short of Cedar Lake Parkway and the press-in-piler will return south, working towards Lake Street. Sheeting installation is expected to last until summer 2020 with two press-in-pilers. Tunnel excavation is currently anticipated to begin Spring 2020, however if weather allows, some excavation could start later this Fall. 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 is also available.

Concrete work for the retaining walls south and north of the channel continues.

Burnham Road in Minneapolis

The roadway remains closed to through traffic. See detour maps below. Next week the roadway will be repaved and then will reopen to traffic. Utility work is still anticipated in the area, with minor impacts to the roadway.

Cedar Lake (Kenilworth) Channel and Works Progress Administration (WPA) in Minneapolis

Pier construction and piling for the new freight bridge is ongoing. Individuals using the waterway between Lake of the Isles and Cedar Lake may encounter intermittent closures lasting approximately 20 minutes during construction activity. A full closure of the Cedar Lake Channel is expected later this Fall; a 14-day advanced notification will be provided prior to a full closure.

21st Street in Minneapolis

The contractor has completed sheet piling work for the retaining wall immediately north of 21st Street using the press-in-piler. Concrete work on the retaining wall is ongoing. Other earthwork activities in this area will begin later this Fall.

Bryn Mawr Bluffs area in Minneapolis

Work is resuming under I-394 on bridge piers. Permanent trail work will begin in November.

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 for approximately two years until mid-2021 (see detour maps below).

Glenwood Avenue in Minneapolis

The closure of Glenwood Avenue between Lyndale Avenue North and 11th Street North began on July 15, 2019 and is anticipated to last approximately two years. Local access to businesses will be maintained. Generally, vehicle detours will use Lyndale Avenue, Olson Memorial Highway and 7th/10th Streets. The pedestrian detour continues to utilize Border Avenue, Holden Street and Royalston Avenue sidewalks. See detour map below. Utility work, retaining wall installation and freight track preparation continues.

Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis

Expect utility work on Royalston Avenue beginning the week of October 28. Work is anticipated to last until mid-November. Crews will work on the west side of the road; southbound traffic will be diverted to the east side of the road. After the utility work is complete, work on the LRT bridge piers will begin on the east side of the road.


Northbound I-494 to Eastbound TH 212 Detour

Northbound I-494 to Eastbound TH 212 Detour


Yellow Circle Roadway Changes in Minnetonka

Yellow Circle Roadway Changes in Minnetonka


Current Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins Detour

Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins


Upcoming Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins Detour

Upcoming Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins Detour


Minnesota River Bluff Trail from Shady Oak Road to 5th Avenue Detour

Minnesota River Bluff Trail from Shady Oak Road to 5th Avenue Detour


Excelsior Boulevard Detour in Hopkins

 Excelsior Boulevard Detour


Cedar Lake and Kenilworth Trail Detours

Cedar Lake and Kenilworth Trail Detours


Burnham Road Closure at Cedar Lake Parkway in Minneapolis Detour

Burnham Road Partial Closure at Cedar Lake Parkway in Minneapolis Detour Map


Glenwood Avenue in Minneapolis Detour

Glenwood Ave. Closure


 

Southwest LRT Construction Update: October 25, 2019


Web: swlrt.org

Twitter: @SouthwestLRT

Construction Hotline: 612-373-3933

Lights on for Safety

With daylight hours getting shorter, work may start before the sun rises and continue after dusk. For safety reasons, in the coming weeks nearby residents and businesses will see more frequent use of lighting rigs and lights on equipment to illuminate the work site. Crews working during darker hours are also required to wear additional reflective gear to make them more visible to passers-by, equipment operators and other construction staff. Please be aware of work areas and use your vehicle’s lights or a flashlight when walking near construction sites.


Weekly Construction Photo: I-494 Bridge Pier in Eden Prairie

Crews work in center of I-494 to build the center pier for the LRT bridge.

Crews work in center of I-494 to build the center pier for the LRT bridge.

On-going Activities Update

SouthWest Station Area in Eden Prairie

The temporary passenger drop-off lanes at SouthWest Transit Station have been moved to the west end of the parking structure; bus service continues to operate as usual. Pile driving will continue into 2020 as crews focus on different elements of the station site and the LRT bridge. Retaining wall work for the LRT guideway is also continuing in the area. Crews are constructing a temporary passenger waiting area for bus riders that will be completed late November. Then crews will demolish the current SouthWest Transit Station passenger waiting area and former office building through January. Crews are working near the intersection of Technology Drive and Prairie Center Drive to build bridge piers. The sidewalk is closed on the northwest corner of Technology Drive and Prairie Center Drive; please follow detour signage to the southwest sidewalk next to Purgatory Park. The west entrance to the shopping area is temporarily closed and will continue to be closed through late November.

Eden Road Area in Eden Prairie

Crews continue to perform grading and retaining wall work. Retaining walls have taken shape in the area. Utility companies are also working in the area and near Flying Cloud Drive towards the east.

LRT Bridge at I-494/Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie

Pier construction in the center median of I-494 for the new LRT bridge is nearly complete; traffic control barriers continue to be in place. The I-494 eastbound ramp to TH 212 remains closed. See detour map below. Please remember to observe the posted speed limit to ensure your safety and other motorists as well as our crews.

Valley View Road/Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie

A lane restriction has been added in the area of Flying Cloud Drive and TH 212, where work has begun on the ramp from Valley View Road to TH 212. Traffic is being diverted onto the HOV lane. Crews are constructing piers for the new LRT bridge and earthwork in the area will continue for as long as weather allows.

Golden Triangle Station in Eden Prairie

Piling activities continue in the Golden Triangle Station area during the daytime. Night piling work is anticipated to resume later this Fall. Night work could continue intermittently as the segment between the Golden Triangle Station north of West 70th Street to a bridge over Shady Oak Road and Hwy 212 is completed. As work progresses, the Southwest Project Office will continue to look for opportunities to shift activities to the daytime. Crews are also working on retaining walls and sanitary sewer in the area.

TH 62 in Minnetonka

Last week crews shifted eastbound traffic to a single lane on new temporary pavement. Crews are working to complete construction activities in the median. In mid-November both eastbound and westbound traffic will shift to the south side of the highway, two lanes in each direction. Once traffic is shifted crews will begin the construction of the cut and cover LRT tunnel under the westbound lanes of TH 62. Expect traffic delays through the duration of these activities.

Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins

Smetana Road from Feltl Court to Feltl Road remains closed until early November (see detour map below). Crews are working on a storm sewer and will begin constructing a bypass road. Following the current closure, Smetana Road from Feltl Road to Nolan Drive will be closed for up to a year. Signs will be posted seven days before each closure. Excavation for the Opus Station, south of this area, is ongoing.

Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail in Hopkins

The Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail in Hopkins is closed between Shady Oak Road and 5th Avenue South. See detour map below.

  • The section between 11th Avenue South and Shady Oak Road is closed due to storm sewer construction activities. This portion of the trail is closed until summer 2020.
  • The section between 8th Avenue South and 5th Avenue South is closed until Fall 2021.

Excelsior Boulevard Area in Hopkins

Excelsior Boulevard at the freight railroad crossing will remain closed to all vehicle traffic until mid-November. Crews are working on underground utilities, freight rail tracks and the LRT bridge structure. Expect traffic delays in this area. See detour map below.

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 (see detour maps below). 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, bikes and pedestrians, with separate closure of roadways upcoming at various dates.

Blake Road in Hopkins

Crews are constructing a cut and cover tunnel under Blake Road for the regional trail. Southbound traffic continues to be diverted to the east side of the road, with one lane in each direction; this will last for approximately 6 months. Once tunnel work is complete on the west side of the road, the work will shift to the east side of the road and traffic will be diverted to the west side of the road.

Minnehaha Creek in St. Louis Park

Crews demolished the regional trail bridge that spans Minnehaha Creek in St. Louis Park. Sheet piling and excavation for the new freight and trail bridge abutments are underway in the area. Flaggers are monitoring recreational water use during times that construction activities make it unsafe to travel through the creek. Individuals using the waterway may encounter intermittent closures lasting approximately 20 minutes during construction activity.

Louisiana Avenue in St. Louis Park

Vehicle traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction as crews work on new freight and pedestrian bridge abutments; expect piling activity in the area. Another full closure of Louisiana Avenue is anticipated in late November to set bridge beams. Signs will be posted seven days prior to the closure.

TH 100 in St. Louis Park

The project will be re-positioning the existing freight rail bridge and will build a new LRT bridge over TH 100. Crews will continue to work on the new LRT bridge abutments.

Beltline Boulevard in St. Louis Park

Work on the new South Cedar Lake Trail Bridge continues. Crews are working on bridge abutments and performing pier work. Crews are also working on retaining walls in the area, which includes pile driving.

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, bikes and pedestrians remains open at Cedar Lake Parkway and at W 21st Street. (See detour map below).

Chowen Avenue to Lake Street in Minneapolis

Storm sewer and watermain work will be the focus of construction activities in this area for the coming weeks. Some tree removal is ongoing. Next week crews will begin to construct a temporary trail as well as the new permanent trail segment. While the trail currently remains open during these activities, flaggers will be on the trail to periodically direct bike and pedestrian movements; expect occasional short-term delays.

Kenilworth Area Construction in Minneapolis

Sheet piling for the Kenilworth LRT Tunnel is anticipated to begin in early November. The contractor plans to start tunnel sheet piling work near Park Siding Park and will move north towards Cedar Lake Parkway. Sheeting installation is expected to last until summer 2020 with two press-in-pilers. Tunnel excavation is anticipated to begin Spring 2020. 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 is also available.

Concrete work for the retaining walls south and north of the channel continues.

Burnham Road in Minneapolis

The roadway remains closed to through traffic. Two-way traffic will continue to be allowed on Burnham Road Bridge during this closure. See detour maps below. Crews will work on the paving the roadway next week; paving is expected to take up to three weeks. Burnham Road will reopen when paving work is complete.

Cedar Lake (Kenilworth) Channel and Works Progress Administration (WPA) in Minneapolis

Pier construction and piling for the new freight bridge is ongoing. Crews are also working on watermain installation. Individuals using the waterway between Lake of the Isles and Cedar Lake may encounter intermittent closures lasting approximately 20 minutes during construction activity. A full closure of the Cedar Lake Channel is expected later this Fall; a 14-day advanced notification will be provided prior to a full closure.

21st Street in Minneapolis

The contractor has completed sheet piling work for the retaining wall immediately north of 21st Street using the press-in-piler. Concrete work on the retaining wall is ongoing. Other earthwork activities in this area will begin later this Fall.

Bryn Mawr Bluffs area in Minneapolis

Work is resuming under I-394 on bridge piers. Permanent trail work will begin in November.

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 for approximately two years until mid-2021 (see detour maps below).

Glenwood Avenue in Minneapolis

The closure of Glenwood Avenue between Lyndale Avenue North and 11th Street North began on July 15, 2019 and is anticipated to last approximately two years. Local access to businesses will be maintained. Generally, vehicle detours will use Lyndale Avenue, Olson Memorial Highway and 7th/10th Streets. The pedestrian detour continues to utilize Border Avenue, Holden Street and Royalston Avenue sidewalks. See detour map below. Utility work, retaining wall installation and freight track preparation continues. Crews will be working Saturday, October 26. Work will not include any high-impact activities, such as pile driving and sheeting installation.

Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis

Expect utility work on Royalston Avenue beginning the week of October 28. Work is anticipated to last until mid-November. Crews will work on the west side of the road; southbound traffic will be diverted to the east side of the road.


Northbound I-494 to Eastbound TH 212 Detour

Northbound I-494 to Eastbound TH 212 Detour


Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins Detour

Smetana Road in Minnetonka and Hopkins


Minnesota River Bluff Trail from Shady Oak Road to 5th Avenue Detour

Minnesota River Bluff Trail from Shady Oak Road to 5th Avenue Detour


Excelsior Boulevard Detour in Hopkins

 Excelsior Boulevard Detour


Cedar Lake and Kenilworth Trail Detours

Cedar Lake and Kenilworth Trail Detours


Burnham Road Closure at Cedar Lake Parkway in Minneapolis Detour

Burnham Road Partial Closure at Cedar Lake Parkway in Minneapolis Detour Map


Glenwood Avenue in Minneapolis Detour

Glenwood Ave. Closure