Traffic information and access
Flying Cloud Drive anticipated to reopen week of November 25
Flying Cloud Drive will reopen to through traffic between Highway 101 and Spring Road the week of November 25.
For the next few weeks people driving will continue to use:
- Highway 101
- Pioneer Trail (Hennepin County Road 1/Carver County Road 14)
- Flying Cloud Drive
People will continue to be able to access local businesses, restaurants, the spring, employers and the airport during both stages of road closures. View the Stage 2 detour (PDF).
People can also access the Richard T. Anderson Conservation Area from the north. More information and a map can be found on the Eden Prairie website.
By the end of November, we anticipate the project to be approximately 90 percent complete. It will be one lane for each direction of traffic. However, lane restrictions and short-term closures are expected when crews return in spring 2020 to finish work.
Please note, the speed limit has been lowered from 55 to 45 miles per hour on Flying Cloud Drive between Highway 101 and Charlson Road.
Construction staging and status
The project is being completed in two stages. Both stages include full closures to through traffic. The closures are needed due to the work area — including steep bluffs and nearby wetlands — and to complete the project within the schedule. Local access will be maintained for residents and businesses.
Stage 1 is now reopened
Flying Cloud Drive has reopened from Charlson Road to Spring Road.
Work completed during the first stage included:
- Reconstructed the Riley Creek Bridge
- Reconstructed Flying Cloud Drive between Spring Road and Charlson Road
- Built retaining walls
- Realigned Spring Road and paving the new road for a smoother ride
Reopened segment from Stage 1 near Charlson Road.
Stage 2 to last through November 2019
The second stage will take between 12 and 14 months to complete. It involves working on Flying Cloud Drive from Spring Road and Highway 101.
Concrete facing along retaining wall East of Riley Creek. 2019 work will include painting and adding railing along the top.