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SWLRT Construction: A Bike Tour of the Construction

If you have have driven, biked, walked, or heard the news in the southwest metro, you might be seeing construction. Especially with biking, this has caused an inconvenience for biking around. Many trails have been closed for multiple years, and detours are in place. However, I was curious and wanted to see the construction. I carefully planned a bike ride to approximate the light rail route. Here’s what I have.

Eden Prairie, MN

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Near Southwest Station, on Prairie Center Drive just east of Technology Drive.

In Eden Prairie, they appear to be drilling to place the new bridge supports. It’s ironic, they closed a popular recreational trail and severed the bike network with barely any construction. However, while next to open holes, they kept this sidewalk open.

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By Eden Road

This is near the Eden Prairie Town Center Station. Funny how I could just walk in! (I didn’t)

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Near US 212 and Valley View Road

In the future, a bridge will soar above this area. The bridge will touch down right ahead on this strip of grass.

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In Golden Triangle, south of 70th Street. Looking north.

The light rail will either parallel the trail or replace it. The crane does not relate to the SWLRT construction.

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US 212 just north of Flying Cloud Drive.

Another light rail bridge will go over from the right and touch down just to the left of the road.

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Cul-de-sac on 62nd Street, just south of MN 62.

A cul-de-sac that will be destroyed and replaced with the City West Station. The trail will remain though. The light rail will then enter a tunnel under MN 62.

Minnetonka, MN

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Near Smetana Road

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South of Bren Road

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South of Smetana Road

Some construction is taking place here in Opus. The forested area in the second photo will be gone. The trails will be realigned.

Hopkins, MN

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West of 11th Avenue

The light rail will operate north of the trail. This trail will be closed until July 2020.

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West of 5th Avenue

This is on a three-block open section of the Cedar Lake LRT Regional Trail. Construction is commencing here for the Downtown Hopkins Station

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At Excelsior Boulevard Railroad Crossing

The light rail will cross on a bridge above where I’m standing and move to the south side of the railroad and trail.

St. Louis Park, MN

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At Louisiana Avenue

The bridges are being replaced here at Louisiana Avenue. The light rail will cross just south of here. The Louisiana Avenue Station is just east of here.

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At Wooddale Avenue

The light rail will have a station just opposite of here. The trail will go through a tunnel under Wooddale Avenue.

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At Beltline Boulevard

The light rail will have a station just opposite of here. The trail will go over a bridge over the railroad, light rail, and Beltline Boulevard.


I was getting tired, and went home. The eastern section will come next spring! Thanks for reading!

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