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Southwest LRT Construction Updates

Post Date:August 19, 2019

Construction along the future Southwest LRT Green Line Extension is in full swing. The majority of construction is scheduled through 2022, with passenger service starting in 2023. The line will include 15 new stations, including four in Eden Prairie.

The following Eden Prairie-specific information is part of the Metropolitan Council's Aug. 16 SouthWest LRT construction update. To stay informed about this project, sign up for weekly project updates, or follow the project on Twitter @SouthwestLRT.

SouthWest Station retaining wall work in Eden Prairie
SouthWest Station retaining wall in Eden Prairie

Upcoming Work

Flying Cloud Drive — Begins Week of Aug. 26
The southbound left lane on Flying Cloud Drive, between Valley View Road and I-494, will be closed for water main work. This activity could take up to two months and the left lane will be closed for the duration of this activity. Sheet piles will also be installed in this area.  

Ongoing Activities

SouthWest Station
The temporary passenger drop-off lanes at SouthWest Station have been moved to the west end of the parking structure. SouthWest Station and buses are operating as usual. Pile driving for utility work near the former Culver’s site has begun and crews are installing sheet pile and associated infrastructure to support the future LRT tracks. Work will continue on Saturdays to reduce impacts on the traveling public. A significant amount of sheeting for the SouthWest Station has been completed. Crews will soon transition to working on the bridge structure crossing Technology Drive and Prairie Center Drive.

LRT Bridge at I-494/Flying Cloud Drive
Expect heavy equipment in the area for construction of the new LRT bridge. A crane is stationed in the median of the roadway. Pier construction for the new LRT bridge has begun and traffic control barriers are in place. The I-494 eastbound ramp to TH 212, which closed the week of Aug.12, will remain closed for up to seven weeks for this work. While traffic control barriers will be in place, please remember to observe the posted speed limit to help ensure the safety of our crews.  

Golden Triangle Station
Pile driving work is ongoing during daytime hours and may include work on Saturdays. At the end of August night piling work will resume in the area and may continue for several months. Efforts have been made to reduce the noise generated by equipment. Residents should still anticipate hearing this activity. Overall, pile driving between Golden Triangle and Shady Oak Road is anticipated to be ongoing until summer 2020. Over 100 piles have been driven in the area. Crews will continue to make their way north toward Shady Oak Road, where bridge work will also be conducted.

More details are available at SWLRT.org.

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