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.
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 email@example.com or 612-373-5336.