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
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.
This is near the Eden Prairie Town Center Station. Funny how I could just walk in! (I didn’t)
In the future, a bridge will soar above this area. The bridge will touch down right ahead on this strip of grass.
The light rail will either parallel the trail or replace it. The crane does not relate to the SWLRT construction.
Another light rail bridge will go over from the right and touch down just to the left of the road.
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.
Some construction is taking place here in Opus. The forested area in the second photo will be gone. The trails will be realigned.
The light rail will operate north of the trail. This trail will be closed until July 2020.
This is on a three-block open section of the Cedar Lake LRT Regional Trail. Construction is commencing here for the Downtown Hopkins Station
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
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.
The light rail will have a station just opposite of here. The trail will go through a tunnel under Wooddale Avenue.
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!