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Southwest LRT Construction – Update: June 18


Southwest LRT Construction Update: June 18, 2021

Construction Update: June 18, 2021

Web: swlrt.org

Twitter: @SouthwestLRT

Construction Hotline: 612-373-3933


Weekly Construction Photo: Shady Oak LRT Bridge Over Highway 212

Crews working to set LRT bridge beams over Highway 212 in MinnetonkaCrews worked to set bridge beams during the Highway 212 closure. All the beams are now placed, and the Highway will reopen by 3:00 PM, today, Friday, June 18.


Eden Prairie Highlights

  • The SouthWest station area remains a busy construction site with ongoing piling and concrete work.
  • Sidewalks near the intersection of Prairie Center Drive and Technology Drive remain closed, please follow signage to ensure your safety. See Eden Prairie detour information.
  • Work continues along Prairie Center Drive with crews completing roadwork and sidewalk restoration. From Prairie Center Drive, from Technology Drive, to Singletree Lane continue to expect southbound lane closures into July.
  • The I-494 off-ramp to Flying Cloud Drive is 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.
  • The on-ramp to eastbound Highway 212 from Shady Oak Road remains closed for construction staging, reopening in late June. The westbound Highway 212 off-ramp to Shady Oak Bridge will remain closed into the fall.
  • 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.

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 late 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 to work on the Minnetonka-Hopkins LRT bridge. Expect noise from piling as bridge piers are constructed.

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

Hopkins Highlights

  • Jackson Avenue at Excelsior Boulevard will be closed to through traffic as early as June 22. This closure is anticipated to last approximately a week; during the closure, traffic traveling southbound on Jackson Avenue will not be able to access eastbound Excelsior Boulevard. See detour map.
  • Westbound Excelsior Boulevard is closed at Jackson Avenue. Traffic will remain detoured while crews advance the construction of the cantilevered LRT bridge over Excelsior Boulevard. See detour map.
  • The construction of the regional trail underpass at Blake Road North is underway. Blake Road traffic has been reduced to one northbound lane between Excelsior Boulevard and 2nd Street N.E. while southbound Blake Road traffic is detoured at 2nd Street N.E. See detour map.

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

St. Louis Park Highlights

  • Expect lane closures through early summer along Louisiana Avenue between West Lake Street and Oxford Street while crews advance bridge construction. Sheet piling is expected.
  • Crews continue earthwork at the Louisiana Avenue Station area. Expect ongoing hauling activities along Oxford Street between Louisiana Avenue and Edgewood Avenue. Currently crews are working on soil compaction, which can have some noticeable vibration.
  • Sheet piling is ongoing through for most of June to construct retaining walls east of Beltline Boulevard.

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

Minneapolis Highlights

  • Private development work is occurring next to Southwest LRT construction along Abbott and Chowen avenues. The private developer is piling in the area through the summer. They are also conducting utility work along Abbott and Chowen avenues and have closed the roadway. The closure will then transition to accommodate Southwest LRT construction activities. Trail access remains open through this area.
  • Construction activities such as excavation and concrete work for the West Lake Street Station are ongoing.
  • Excavation activities, which also include power washing the sheets and grouting, continue for the Kenilworth LRT Tunnel, progressing in the direction of Cedar Lake Parkway. Pumps will operate intermittently to keep tunnel cells clear of water. The pumps do not generate significant noise.
  • As part of tunnel excavation work, divers continue to inspect the excavation below the water line during the extended hours of 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM on weekdays.
  • The Southwest LRT Project is preparing to use segments of Sunset Boulevard, Depot Street, France Avenue and Cedar Lake Parkway in Minneapolis as an additional haul route for the construction of the Kenilworth LRT Tunnel. We anticipate that crews will begin to use this haul route later in July.
  • Pile driving continues near Van White Boulevard for the new Luce Line Trail bridge. The old bridge that connects the Luce Line Regional Trail between Bryn Mawr Meadows Park and the Cedar Lake Regional Trail is scheduled to be demolished in late July or August. More details to follow.
  • Construction activities to advance the LRT bridge at Glenwood Avenue continues. High-vibration sheeting installation and pile-driving will be ongoing in this area for most of the summer. Glenwood Avenue between Lyndale Avenue North and North 12th Street remains closed. See detour map.
  • Crews continue to build corridor a protection wall between Glenwood Avenue and I-94.

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

Trail Highlights

  • Various trails within the Opus are closed as crews work to advance many project elements.
  • 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 follow 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, Upcoming West 70th, Upcoming Highway 212.

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

Hopkins Detours: Excelsior Blvd & Jackson Avenue

Minneapolis Roadway Detours:  Glenwood Avenue, Royalston Avenue



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