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Southwest LRT – Update: January 15-28 & 2020 Highlights

Southwest LRT Construction Update: January 15-28, 2021


Web: swlrt.org

Twitter: @SouthwestLRT

Construction Hotline: 612-373-3933

As announced on Thursday, over the course of the 2020 construction season, the project staff and our contractor, Lunda-McCrossan Joint Venture encountered unforeseen obstacles in the Minneapolis portion of the alignment which will take longer to overcome. These obstacles include the construction of the corridor protection wall along the BNSF fright rail line and a secant wall to complete LRT tunnel construction in a portion of the Kenilworth corridor due to poor soil conditions. These are no small changes and require thoughtful and deliberate engineering, design plans and construction methods. While these types of setbacks are not uncommon on projects of this scale, we are disappointed by this development. We strongly believe the long-term benefits of this project to the region and state outweigh the short-term challenges we face. While this means we most likely won’t be meeting our opening day projection of 2023, we know that 2021 will be a robust construction year.

To see an overview of 2021 construction activities in Minneapolis, view the recording of the January 14 Minneapolis Town Hall. We will be sharing 2021 overviews of construction activities in the corridor cities of Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Hopkins, and St. Louis Park in the coming weeks.


Weekly Construction Photo: SouthWest Station in Eden Prairie

Looking east towards SouthWest Station construction crews install piles that will support the bus loop/roadway. Looking east towards SouthWest Station construction crews install piles that will support the bus loop/roadway. Due to poor soils conditions, project elements including track, stations, roadway and utilities are supported by piles.


Eden Prairie Highlights

  • The SouthWest station area remains a busy construction site with ongoing piling and concrete work.
  • Finishing details, such as railings, are being added to the Prairie Center Drive LRT bridge. With the structure complete, LRT tracks will be pulled onto the bridge next spring.
  • Construction continues at the Eden Prairie Town Center Station; the structural steel of the station has emerged over the last weeks.
  • Construction is underway in the City West Station/LRT tunnel under Highway 62 area. Crews are working on retaining walls.

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

Minnetonka Highlights

  • Work in the Opus area continues with retaining wall work north of Bren Road West, near Smetana Road. Bridge work at Smetana/Feltl roadways is advancing with foundation and wall construction.
  • Construction for the access road to the Minnetonka – Hopkins LRT bridge will be worked on periodically until complete.

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

Hopkins Highlights

  • Crews continue to work on Excelsior Boulevard LRT bridge piers.

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

St. Louis Park Highlights

  • Pile driving for retaining walls near Wooddale Avenue should be expected over the next few weeks.
  • Crews are working on various elements of the Beltline Boulevard Regional Trail bridge structure including piers, and the stair tower. Construction crews will place the steel truss over the railroad tracks towards the end of January.
  • Expect piling for retaining walls in the Beltline Boulevard area until the end of January.

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

Minneapolis Highlights

  • Kenilworth tunnel sheeting: the press-in-piler near Lake Street has finished sheeting installation and has been moved out of the corridor. The press-in-piler working to the east, near the Cedar Lake Channel, is expected to complete the piles in this area in February, completing press-in-pile work in the Kenilworth corridor.
  • Kenilworth tunnel base concrete work: the initial concrete pour to create a waterproof base slab is anticipated in February. To pour the first concrete seal, crews will need extended work hours until 9:00 PM as the work has to be completed in a single day.
  • Construction activities to advance the LRT bridge at Glenwood Avenue will continue throughout the winter, and will include pile driving.

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


Meet Southwest LRT Staff: Jon Trevillion

Photo of Jon TrevillionMany areas of expertise are needed to construct Southwest LRT. We will highlight the many people and the work they do to help make this project possible. Hear from Jon Trevillion our Rail Safety Officer as he describes his work and efforts undertaken to create a culture of safety.


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

Eden Prairie Sidewalk and Roadway Detours: Southwest Station

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

Minneapolis Roadway Detours:  Glenwood Avenue, Royalston Avenue

Southwest LRT: Construction Highlights 2020


Web: swlrt.org

Twitter: @SouthwestLRT

Construction Hotline: 612-373-3933

Thank You Southwest LRT Communities!

2020 has been a significant construction year for Southwest LRT. At one point this year, every mile of the project was under construction in all five cities. We have pounded, and piled, and poured and hauled near many of your homes and businesses. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we construct the largest public infrastructure project in the state’s history. We are grateful for the community collaboration as we moved through these necessary activities. A lot has been accomplished: half of the 16 stations are under construction, 23 of the 29 bridges are under construction, private utility work is nearly complete and some of our new light rail vehicles have arrived in Minnesota and are undergoing testing. 2021 will be another major construction year for the project. We want to send our appreciation to the communities helping to make this major regional transportation investment possible. As we close out 2020, here is a photo tour of a few of the accomplishments this year.


Eden Prairie Highlights

SouthWest Station: the station and parking structures are beginning to emerge. Construction at this site is ongoing.SouthWest Station: the station and parking structures are beginning to emerge. Construction at this site is ongoing.


Prairie Center Drive LRT bridge: finishing details and track work is all that remains to complete this bridge.Prairie Center Drive LRT bridge: finishing details and track work is all that remains to complete this bridge.


LRT bridge over Highway 494: the bridge is now almost complete with track to be placed in the spring.LRT bridge over Highway 494: the bridge is now almost complete with track to be placed in the spring.


Valley View Road LRT bridge: bridge deck work is ongoing with most of the structure complete.Valley View Road LRT bridge: bridge deck work is ongoing with most of the structure complete.


Nine Mile Creek LRT bridge: the piers and deck have taken shape.Nine Mile Creek LRT bridge: the piers and deck have taken shape.


Golden Triangle Station: work is on going.Golden Triangle Station: work is on going.


LRT bridge at Highway 212 and Shady Oak Road: pier work is ongoing, followed by span placement and deck work.LRT bridge at Highway 212 and Shady Oak Road: pier work is ongoing, followed by span placement and deck work.


Minnetonka Highlights

with the structural elements of the north half completed, Highway 62 has been shifted so that work can being on the south half. Highway 62 LRT tunnel: with the structural elements of the north half completed, Highway 62 has been shifted so that work can being on the south half.


Opus Station: the station structure has taken shape, with roofing and other station details yet to come.Opus Station: the station structure has taken shape, with roofing and other station details yet to come.


Retaining wall construction continues in the Opus area.Retaining wall construction continues in the Opus area.


Smetana roadway bridge work continues into 2021.Smetana roadway bridge work continues into 2021.


Hopkins Highlights

Shady Oak Station: structure and roof elements are advancing.Shady Oak Station: structure and roof elements are advancing.


Downtown Hopkins Station: roofing and window details have been advanced.Downtown Hopkins Station: roofing and window details have been advanced.


Excelsior Boulevard: LRT bridge balanced cantilevers have begun to extend over the roadway and will be advanced in 2021.Excelsior Boulevard: LRT bridge balanced cantilevers have begun to extend over the roadway and will be advanced in 2021.


Blake Road regional trail underpass: the western half of the tunnel is complete, with work on the eastern half in the spring.Blake Road regional trail underpass: the western half of the tunnel is complete, with work on the eastern half in the spring.


St. Louis Park Highlights

Minnehaha Creek: the regional trail and freight rail bridges are almost complete.Minnehaha Creek: the regional trail and freight rail bridges are almost complete.


Louisiana Avenue: freight and regional bridges structures are nearly complete, with minor details remaining.Louisiana Avenue: freight and regional bridges structures are nearly complete, with minor details remaining.


Wooddale Avenue regional trail underpass: the structure was completed this past summer.Wooddale Avenue regional trail underpass: the structure was completed this past summer.


Highway 100 freight rail bridge move followed by LRT bridge construction. Highway 100 freight rail bridge move followed by LRT bridge construction. Check out a time lapse of the bridge move.


Beltline Boulevard: new, realigned freight rail track are in place and the regional trail overpass continues to take shape.Beltline Boulevard: new, realigned freight rail track are in place and the regional trail overpass continues to take shape.


Minneapolis Highlights

Kenilworth LRT: tunnel excavation is underway with concrete work to begin in January 2021.Kenilworth LRT: tunnel excavation is underway with concrete work to begin in January 2021.


Fall: Tunnel sheeting continues north of Cedar Lake Parkway.Fall: Tunnel sheeting continues north of Cedar Lake Parkway.


Summer: before the freight rail shift onto new track and Kenilworth channel bridge.Summer: before the freight rail shift onto new track and Kenilworth channel bridge.


West 21st Street Station: underground foundation and utility construction.West 21st Street Station: underground foundation and utility construction.


Glenwood Avenue roadway and LRT bridge: ongoing piling and bridge structure construction.Glenwood Avenue roadway and LRT bridge: ongoing piling and bridge structure construction.


Royalston Avenue: LRT bridge and retaining wall structure.Royalston Avenue: LRT bridge and retaining wall structure.


Franklin Operation and Maintenance Facility expansion in Minneapolis: framing of the new mechanical bays.Franklin Operation and Maintenance Facility expansion in Minneapolis: framing of the new mechanical bays.




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