In 2016, a railroad quiet zone assessment was conducted in Eden Prairie. The assessment identified options to improve safety of at-grade rail crossings and to minimize the impacts of train horn noise throughout the community. The assessment included the following crossings:
- West 62nd Street
- Birch Island Road
- Valley View Road
- Pedestrian crossing east of Valley View Road connecting Duck Lake Road and Eden Prairie High School
During the 2017 session, the Minnesota legislature passed a bill to provide $1.4-Million in state funding for rail-grade crossing improvements, which enables the establishment of a railroad quiet zone through Eden Prairie.
The Twin Cities & Western Railroad Company railroad crossings at West 62nd Street, Birch Island Road and Valley View Road are receiving improvements such as raised concrete medians, striping, roadway resurfacing, signage and new utilities.
Construction is set to begin April 27, 2020, and be completed this summer. The Contractor plans to start work at the West 62nd Street and Birch Island Road crossings, and then move on to the Valley View Road crossing. Road closures are expected during the course of the project. The anticipated completion time is two months.
Assistant City Engineer