Lake Street and Excelsior Boulevard intersection improvements

County Roads 3 and 25 in Minneapolis

Hennepin County is realigning the intersection of Lake Street (County Road 25) and Excelsior Boulevard (County Road 3) in Minneapolis.

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Construction updates

Intersection improvements project underway

On Tuesday, September 3, construction activities began at the Lake Street (County Road 25) and Excelsior Boulevard (County Road 3) intersection.

As part of this project, the intersection will be realigned with improvements to provide a safer, more usable and welcoming area for everyone using the intersection to get to their homes, businesses, nearby trails and parks and the future LRT station on Lake Street. 

Access and impacts

We will maintain access at the intersection for people driving, biking, walking and rolling.

Note: Previously we shared that lane closures would be during non-peak hours only. In an effort to accelerate this project and provide a safe work zone, lanes will be reduced at all times. In addition, expect lane shifts through the end of this year’s construction season.

People should expect traffic delays, particularly during peak driving hours. The project and the city will monitor traffic in the area, but may be limited in making adjustments.

Crews will be working hard to get work done as quickly as possible. A majority of this work needs to be completed before winter weather arrives. As a result, there may be late-evening/night work from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. (Monday through Friday).

People in the area should expect noise and dust, as these are normal parts of construction. Efforts will be made to limit both, especially when crews are working later.

People walking and rolling through the intersection can expect times where crossing locations will temporarily move to accommodate construction activities.

Construction timeline

This year, construction crews will remove concrete medians on Excelsior Boulevard, install new traffic signal poles and reshape the corner near the gas station in preparation for the eastbound Lake Street realignment.

In spring 2020, construction crews will return to complete the improvements project with a focus on the realignment, including: completing medians, curbs and gutters; adding paths; repaving the roadway; and adding final striping.

Coordinating with nearby developments and transit construction

We are aware that several construction activities are happening in this area and are coordinating and communicating with the various projects to the best extent possible.

Residential and commercial developments

During our improvements project, construction of two residential and commercial developments near the intersection will be ongoing. People should expect minor road and sidewalk impacts. To report any issues with these construction activities, call Minneapolis 311.

Southwest LRT West Lake Station

To learn more about the new West Lake Street station, visit www.swlrt.org. For questions or to report issues with these construction activities, contact David Davies, Southwest LRT community outreach coordinator for Minneapolis, at david.davies@metrotransit.org or 612-373-5336.

Project information

Two of the key features of this project will be a realigned intersection to reduce confusion and safer crossings for people walking and rolling.

For people walking, biking and rolling, there will be:

  • New Americans with Disabilities Act compliant ramps.
  • New waiting, or refuge, areas for crossing the intersection.
  • New traffic signals with accessible pedestrian signal buttons.

For people driving, there will be:

  • New roadway alignment for eastbound Lake Street traffic, with more predictable turning movements.
  • Repaved roadway and new concrete medians, curbs and gutters.
  • Upgraded traffic signal system.

There will also be new landscaping on the pedestrian islands and medians.

Lake Street and Excelsior Boulevard intersection layout

Layout of the new Lake Street and Excelsior Boulevard intersection.

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