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Southwest LRT Construction Update – October 16

Southwest LRT Construction Update: October 16, 2020


Web: swlrt.org

Twitter: @SouthwestLRT

Construction Hotline: 612-373-3933

Weekend Closure of Highway 100

On Friday, October 16 at 10:00 PM to Monday, October 19 at 5:00 AM Highway 100 will close between Highway 7 and Highway 62. This closure will allow crews to set LRT bridge beams over Highway 100. Highway 100 closed earlier in September to shift the freight rail bridge to accommodate LRT construction. Overnight work can be expected associated with this closure. See St. Louis Park Detour maps.


Weekly Construction Photo: LRT Tunnel Under Highway 62 in Minnetonka

Weekly Construction Photo: LRT Tunnel Under Highway 62 in Minnetonka Notable progress has been made on the LRT tunnel’s eastern segment under Highway 62. Tunnel walls and roof continue to take shape. The tunnel structure in this photo will be all underground when complete.


Eden Prairie Highlights

  • Pile driving activities will continue at the SouthWest Station into next year. Crews have made significant progress with piling, having completed those needed for the buildings’ footprint.
  • Work on the Prairie Center Drive LRT bridge structure is getting closer to completion, anticipated later this fall. On Thursday, October 22 there will be a full closure from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM of Prairie Center Drive for crews to pour concrete for the bridge deck over the roadway.
  • Utility work continues on Eden Road, including utility work for the Eden Prairie Town Center Station. Foundations for the station will start and the roadway will be restored by the end of October.
  • 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 October. Significant portions of curb and gutter have been installed with pavement to follow. Access to area businesses is maintained during this work.
  • The LRT bridge over Highway 494 is almost complete with crews installing railings and other detail 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 as bridge piers are completed.
  • Work is beginning for the City West Station, 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 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 is occurring, allowing the station’s form to take shape.
  • Reconstruction of 5th Avenue continues and will be ongoing into late November. Expect lane closures in the area. Southbound access on 5th Avenue from westbound Excelsior Boulevard will continue. Anticipated next week, the east side of 5th Avenue will be paved, and traffic will be swapped to the other side.
  • 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 could be shifted to its new permanent location this fall.
  • The cantilevered forms of the LRT bridge that will span Excelsior Boulevard are starting to take shape. Expect the right lane to be closed when traveling westbound on Excelsior Boulevard into November.

St. Louis Park Highlights

  • Work on the east abutment and connecting wall for the freight bridge east of Louisiana Station is ongoing.
  • With freight rail shifted onto its new permanent alignment from just west of Wooddale Avenue and just east of Beltline Boulevard, removal of the old freight track will be ongoing through fall.
  • On Friday, October 16 at 10:00 PM to Monday, October 19 at 5:00 AM Highway 100 will close between Highway 7 and Highway 62. This closure will allow crews to set LRT bridge beams. Overnight work can be expected. See St. Louis Park Detour maps.

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 freight 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, the demolition of the old freight bridge is complete. 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. Work will be intermittent.
  • Crews will replace section of the fright rail track from Burnham Road to near 21st Street during a track outage on Wednesday, October 21 and Thursday, October 22. Work will be conducted during normal construction hours. Expect rail-bound equipment moving through the corridor.
  • West 21st Street Station construction has begun. Crews have poured concrete for some of the station utilities; expect ongoing station construction in the area.
  • Pile driving for the foundation of Bryn Mawr Station is anticipated to start this fall as well as preparation work such as survey and excavation, as crews become available.
  • 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.
  • Progress continues in the Glenwood Avenue area. Trackwork in this area is performed by BNSF crews. Crews will be working 24 hours to complete the track shift starting Wednesday, October 21st through Thursday, October 22nd.

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, Flying Cloud Drive, West 70th

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

Hopkins Detours: 5th Street, Blake Road

St. Louis Park Detours: Highway 100 (upcoming)

Minneapolis Roadway Detours:  Glenwood Avenue, Royalston Avenue



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