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
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.
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.
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
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.