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Southwest LRT Construction Update – October 23

Southwest LRT Construction Update: October 23, 2020


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Construction Hotline: 612-373-3933

Winter Snow Maintenance

Please be mindful when storing snow near construction fencing. Please do not pile snow that would block access or destroy the fencing. If we see problematic snow storage hindering construction activities, we will reach out to you. The contractor manages snow within the construction sites. Construction site entrance points and active work areas will be plowed all winter long. If you have any concerns about snow removal, please contact our construction hotline.

Weekly Construction Photo: LRT Bridge at Excelsior Boulevard in Hopkins

Weekly Construction Photo: LRT Bridge at Excelsior Boulevard in HopkinsThe LRT bridge spans continue to take shape at Excelsior Boulevard in Hopkins. To construct the bridge, crews are using a system called a form-traveler to build the spans between the piers. Instead of setting beams, the bridge structure is formed a section at a time. The bridge structure is called a post-tensioned box girder bridge, which is designed for spanning long distances. The longest span on this bridge is 400 feet in length. Upon completion it will carry LRT trains over Excelsior Boulevard and existing freight rail infrastructure.

Eden Prairie Highlights

  • Construction activities such as pile driving and building activities will continue at the SouthWest Station into next year.
  • Work on the Prairie Center Drive LRT bridge structure and deck is getting closer to completion, anticipated later this fall. The full closure of Prairie Center Drive for crews to pour concrete for the bridge deck over the roadway has been postponed until the week of November 2.
  • Construction continues along Eden Road including at Eden Prairie Town Center Station. Eden Road will be restored later this fall.
  • Work continues to progress along Flying Cloud Drive. The intersection at Technology Drive and the north side of Flying Cloud Drive will be under construction through fall. Significant portions of curb and gutter have been installed with pavement to follow. Access to area businesses continues to be maintained during this work.
  • West 70th Street at Flying Cloud Drive is closed into November to advance LRT infrastructure through the roadway and conduct extensive utility work.
  • The west bound off-ramp from Highway 212 to Shady Oak Road is closed through the fall for bridge pier construction. The lane closures on Shady Oak Road will reopen later this month or in early November as bridge piers are completed.
  • Construction is underway in the City West Station area, and the ramp from Shady Oak Road to eastbound Highway 62 is closed for approximately two months, through October and November. This closure allows construction vehicles to access and deliver materials to the City West Station site.

Minnetonka Highlights

  • Multiple detours remain in effect in the Opus area, including Red Circle Drive, Yellow Circle Drive, and Bren Road West. See Opus area detours. Bren Road West is closed until this December.
  • Work on the Smetana Road bridge over LRT continues. Smetana Road remains closed from Feltl Drive to Nolan Drive through 2020.
  • Piling and construction of bridge piers is ongoing for the Minnetonka – Hopkins LRT bridge. Piling continues for piers south of the Bass Lake Spur freight tracks. Clearing and grubbing towards Smetana Road will be ongoing until complete.

Hopkins Highlights

  • Installation of structural steel for the Shady Oak Station continues, allowing the station’s form to take shape.
  • Reconstruction of 5th Avenue South continues and will be ongoing into late November. Expect lane closures in the area. Southbound access on 5th Avenue South from Excelsior Boulevard will continue. Anticipated in the next week, the east side of 5th Avenue South will be paved, and traffic will be swapped to the other side. The northbound lanes south of Excelsior Boulevard continue to be closed.  See Hopkins detour maps here.
  • The southbound lanes of Blake Road remain closed. Traffic is 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. Later this fall vehicle traffic will open to one lane in each direction.
  • Freight track work continues in the area of Blake Road to Wooddale Avenue in St. Louis Park with grading and ballast placement. New freight rail tracks are being placed in the area. Freight rail is anticipated to be shifted to its new permanent location this fall.
  • Crews have assembled the form-traveler system and the cantilevered structure is starting to take shape. Expect the right lane to be closed when traveling westbound on Excelsior Boulevard into November.

St. Louis Park Highlights

  • Crews continue to remove old freight rail infrastructure in the St. Louis Park segment.
  • At the end of October, construction is anticipated to resume on the Beltline Regional Trail bridge to install piles for the remaining piers now that the freight tracks have been shifted out of the way.

Minneapolis Highlights

  • A press-in-piler is installing sheets north of Cedar Lake Parkway and will be working towards the channel. The other piler continues to work near West Lake Street, moving east on the track side of the tunnel. Residents should expect ongoing work in the area, including occasional vibration when obstructions are encountered. Tunnel excavation near Dean Court is progressing. Crews are excavating material and installing cross braces called struts.
  • At the Cedar Lake Channel, construction of the new LRT bridge over the channel will be an ongoing activity through the fall; expect noise and vibration from piling and sheeting activities. Construction activities will be intermittent.
  • West 21st Street Station construction has begun. Crews have poured concrete for some of the station utilities; expect ongoing station construction.
  • The Cedar Lake Trail by Highway 394 and Linden Yards is detoured to Kenwood Parkway until utility work in the area is complete. The connection to the Luce Line Trail will remain open, accessible via the connection under I-394 by Spring Lake. Detour information. This work is expected to be complete in the next few weeks.
  • Construction activities to advance the bridge at Glenwood Avenue will continue throughout the year.

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

Eden Prairie Sidewalk and Roadway Detours: Southwest Station, Technology/I-494 and Flying Cloud Drive Intersection, West 70th

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

Hopkins Detours: 5th Street, Blake Road

Minneapolis Roadway Detours:  Glenwood Avenue, Royalston Avenue

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