Neighborhood Updates

Southwest LRT – Update: April 16

With warmer weather in the forecast, many sites along the Southwest LRT project

Southwest LRT Construction Update: April 16, 2021


Web: swlrt.org

Twitter: @SouthwestLRT

Construction Hotline: 612-373-3933

Focus on Bike Detours

With the spring biking season underway more people are out enjoying the trails. Many of the staff at the Southwest LRT Project Office are also avid bikers and the experience on detours is important to us. Staff has been out reviewing the corridor for signage and will keep an eye out for issues and will monitor general corridor conditions. If you see problems, please call our construction hotline: 612-373-3933.


Weekly Construction Photo: Cedar Lake Channel LRT Bridge Construction in Minneapolis

Picture of crews working to excavate the abutment for the north end of the Cedar Lake Channel LRT bridge.Crews have been working to excavate the abutment for the north end of the Cedar Lake Channel LRT bridge. Piling for this abutment has begun. Piles can be seen in the photo for the south abutment. The new freight bridge is also pictured on the right.


Eden Prairie Highlights

  • The SouthWest station area remains a busy construction site with ongoing piling. Continue to expect intermittent lane closures on westbound Technology Drive adjacent to Southwest Station to stage ongoing concrete work.
  • The I-494 off-ramp to Flying Cloud Drive has closed for the 2021 construction season. The I-494 on-ramp from Flying Cloud Drive is expected to remain closed through the summer. See Eden Prairie detour information.
  • Traffic is reduced to one lane in both directions on Flying Cloud Drive between Town Center Place to Valley View Road through the summer. Intersections from Flying Cloud Drive to Technology Drive and Viking Drive will remain open, subject to intermittent, short-term lane reductions. Left turns in and out of Technology Drive at the Flying Cloud Drive intersection are prohibited through the summer.
  • West 70th Street is expected to close in early May to advance LRT track work. This closure will last for most of the 2021 construction season.
  • Crews are advancing the southern portion of the Highway 62 LRT tunnel and area retaining walls. Anticipate noise and vibration associated with installation of piling and sheeting between Highway 62 and southbound Highway 212.
  • A full closure of Highway 212 between Highway 62 and Shady Oak Road is anticipated to begin the week of May 10 and extend over the weekend. Timing and detour information is forthcoming.

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

Minnetonka Highlights

  • The westbound lane on Green Circle Drive near the intersection with Bren Road West is closed through the 2021 construction season to complete work in the LRT corridor.
  • Smetana Road from Feltl Road to Nolan Drive remains closed until the end of summer. A bypass is in place east of the intersection of Smetana and Feltl Roads to accommodate local traffic. See Minnetonka detour maps here.
  • Crews continue working on the Minnetonka-Hopkins LRT bridge piers and installation of sheeting.

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

Hopkins Highlights

  • 8th Avenue South is closed at Excelsior Boulevard into June. The eastbound lanes of Excelsior Boulevard are closed between 11th Avenue and 5th Avenue through April, weather permitting. See detour map.
  • Crews are conducting earthwork for stormwater management and installing foundations for the Overhead Catenary System (OCS) poles between 11th Avenue South and 5th Avenue South.
  • The reconstruction of the regional trail underpass at Blake Road North is scheduled to resume as early as April 26. Southbound lanes of Blake Road will close at 2nd Street. See detour map
  • Westbound Excelsior Boulevard is closed at Jackson Avenue. Traffic will remain detoured into June, while crews advance the construction of the cantilevered structure for the LRT bridge over Excelsior Boulevard. See detour map

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

St. Louis Park Highlights

  • Sheeting work will begin the week of April 19 at the Louisiana Station area.
  • The old freight rail bridge over Louisiana Avenue is slated to be demolished in May. Louisiana Avenue between Oxford Street and West Lake Street will close for five day to accommodate demolition.
  • On April 18, crews will shift the remaining freight rail track from Wooddale Avenue in St. Louis Park to Blake Road in Hopkins to newly constructed freight rail track.
  • Piling for retaining wall work will begin as early as April 26 on Monterey Avenue.

Visit our website for more details and visuals of construction activities in St. Louis Park.

Minneapolis Highlights

  • Excavation activities continue for the Kenilworth LRT Tunnel, progressing in the direction of Cedar Lake Parkway. Continue to expect construction equipment hauling materials through the corridor.
  • Inspections of the tunnel excavation will be conducted by divers during the extended hours of 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM on weekdays. These inspections are being done to preserve a safe working environment. Construction noise will be limited to the air compressors that facilitate oxygen for breathing and from the crane engine that lifts and lowers the divers into the water.
  • Pile driving for the LRT bridge north abutment at the Cedar Lake Channel has begun and will be ongoing for about another week.
  • Work on the 21st Street Station has resumed starting with excavation and concrete work. The West 21st Street Station will be under construction throughout 2021.
  • Construction activities to advance the LRT bridge at Glenwood Avenue continues. Glenwood Avenue between Lyndale Avenue North and North 12th Street remains closed. See detour map here.
  • Along Royalston Avenue, work to advance retaining walls will resume with concrete forming and earthwork.

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

Trail Highlights

  • The South Cedar Lake LRT Trail in Hopkins and St. Louis Park will remain closed until 2022.
  • Temporary trails near Chowen Avenue and Lake Street remain in place. For your safety and the safety of our crews, please following signage for the temporary trail and stay clear of the work zone.
  • The Kenilworth Trail will remain closed until the completion of LRT tunnel construction. The date is yet to be determined.
  • The North Cedar Lake Trail east of Dunwoody Boulevard will remain closed until 2022.

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Trail DetoursMinnesota River Bluffs, South Cedar Lake Parkway, Kenilworth, Cedar Lake Trail

Eden Prairie Sidewalk and Roadway Detours: Southwest Station, I-494 Ramps at Flying Cloud Drive

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

Hopkins Detours: 8th Avenue & Excelsior Blvd, Excelsior Blvd & Jackson Avenue

Minneapolis Roadway Detours:  Glenwood Avenue, Royalston Avenue



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