Neighborhood Notes

Southwest LRT Construction Update – May 29

Southwest LRT Construction Update: May 29, 2020


Web: swlrt.org

Twitter: @SouthwestLRT

Construction Hotline: 612-373-3933

Water Quality Management During Construction

The SWLRT Project spans multiple watersheds and water bodies along the corridor. The Council has coordinated extensively with local and statewide agencies responsible for monitoring water quality and permitting. We have developed a water quality resource webpage with more information about our efforts. You will find our commitments to water quality, a listing of permitting agencies, ways in which we handle water during construction, and additional resources.


Weekly Construction Photo: LRT Bridge over Excelsior Boulevard in Hopkins

Weekly Construction Photo: LRT Bridge over Excelsior Boulevard in Hopkins With the LRT bridge piers nearing completion, the structural forms to take the bridge over the roadway and freight rail are starting to take shape. The form work in the front image is called a pier table, which taken quiet literally means the base or “table” for the bridge to be placed on the piers. The bridge structure is a post-tensioning box girder. This type of bridge can efficiently span long distances. The initial shape of the box girder is visible on the second pier in the background.


Eden Prairie Highlights

  • The Prairie Center Drive LRT Bridge begins by SouthWest Transit, crosses over Technology Drive, follows the east side of Purgatory Creek Park and then crosses Prairie Center Drive to land close to Bachman’s on the east side of the road. Crews are finishing piling and the piers are rising from the ground with crews advancing concrete work. Currently, lanes of traffic are being used for pier construction on the east and west side of Prairie Center Drive. The pier in the middle of Prairie Center Drive still needs to be constructed, lane impacts are expected with this work.
  • Utility work continues on the north side of Flying Cloud Drive between Eden Road and Valley View Road. Traffic is flowing in one lane in each direction on the south side of the road. Technology Drive and Flying Cloud Drive intersection, the Eden Road and Flying Cloud Drive intersection and the off-ramp from I-494 to Flying Cloud Drive remain closed until mid-July of 2020. See Eden Prairie detour maps here.
  • Valley View Road will be closed from Friday, June 5th at 7:00 AM through Saturday, June 6th to complete decking work on the LRT bridge. See Eden Prairie detour maps here.
  • Piling work continues on Nine Mile Creek Bridge. The bridge has 14 piers and crews are currently working on piers 9 through 12, piling and forming concrete.
  • One of the two right turn lanes from eastbound Highway 212 to Shady Oak Road is closed to allow for utility work into June. Additional lane closures on Shady Oak Road will be needed to advance this work in late June or early July.

Minnetonka Highlights

  • Work on the LRT tunnel under Highway 62 continues to advance. Crews are working on the base slab and walls of the tunnel.
  • Multiple detours remain in effect in the Opus area. The latest change includes the removal of two roadway bridges on Red Circle Drive that cross over the pedestrian trail. See the City of Minnetonka’s website for more details on the City’s project. The closure at Bren Road West and Yellow Circle Drive remain in place. See Opus area detours.
  • Major utility work continues in the area around Bren Road West. Earthwork for the LRT track grade is also moving along.
  • In the Smetana Road area, earthwork continues as crews prepare the LRT track grade, associated bridges and retaining walls. Pile driving for the Smetana Road bridge is expected to begin the week of June 8.

Hopkins Highlights

  • Continue to expect work activities in the Shady Oak Station area as crews work on electrical items for the station, with station foundation work starting in June.
  • Expect ongoing traffic impacts on 11th Avenue South as crews will need to swap lanes a few times to advance utility and the LRT crossing work.
  • Crews have advanced sheeting work near the center of Blake Road for the regional trail underpass and concrete work is being advanced. The southbound lanes of Blake Road are closed through the summer. Traffic is still 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. In the fall, traffic will be swapped to the other side of the roadway for an additional four months. Expect ongoing sheeting, excavation, and concrete work in the area.

St. Louis Park Highlights

  • Earthwork is ongoing for much of the St. Louis Park segment. Expect construction vehicles moving through the corridor.
  • Work on the LRT, freight and trail bridges over Minnehaha Creek continues to advance. Concrete work for the bridge deck will occur as soon as crews are available, likely in the next week or two.
  • Crews continue to advance the west abutment for the regional trail bridge at Louisiana Avenue. Bridge spans will be set in place later in June for both the freight and regional trail bridges.
  • Significant progress has been made on the regional trail underpass at Wooddale. The full closure of Wooddale Avenue remains in place into early June. See St. Louis Park detour maps here. The roadway will reopen with one lane in each direction.

Minneapolis Highlights

  • Tunnel sheeting with the press-in piler continues to move south towards Lake Street. Sheet piles have been placed from approximately 28th Street to Cedar Lake Parkway.
  • Utility work at 28th Street and Dean Court is progressing on schedule. The intersection will be partially open to allow vehicle traffic in early June. Overall work for the sanitary force main will be completed in mid-June and the intersection will be fully open.
  • Freight rail bridge work as well as freight rail track construction on the approaches to the Kenilworth Channel is advancing and nearing completion. The use of timber ties to build the track will begin in early June. In mid-June freight rail will be shifted permanently onto the new bridge. The existing freight rail bridge will then be removed and piling for the new LRT bridge will begin.
  • In the Glenwood Avenue area crews will remove sheeting that was used to support excavation for bridge construction. Area businesses may notice vibration from this activity.

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

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

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

Hopkins Detours: Blake Road

St. Louis Park Detours: Wooddale Avenue

Minneapolis Roadway Detours: Glenwood Avenue, Royalston Avenue