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.

Project timeline for Lake Street and Excelsior Boulevard intersection

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Construction updates

Winding down construction for the season

Since construction activities began at the Lake Street (County Road 25) and Excelsior Boulevard (County Road 3) intersection in early September, crews have made significant progress, including realigning eastbound Lake Street and completing a majority of the concrete work.

Remaining activities

Over the next two to three weeks starting October 14, crews will wrap up remaining construction items for the season, including:

  • Finishing concrete work on the pedestrian island
  • Installing traffic signal foundations and poles
  • Paving the intersection
  • Adding temporary striping and road markings
  • Grading soils on the pedestrian island

Access and travel considerations

Access and impacts

Access at the intersection will be maintained for people driving, biking, walking and rolling.

People using the roadway should continue to anticipate lane closures and shifts when crews are working. We will work to limit impacts and delays when possible, including during peak travel hours.

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

Construction timeline

This year, construction crews are expected to complete the majority of the improvements work, including:

  • Realigning eastbound Lake Street
  • Constructing the new concrete pedestrian island, medians, ramps, and curbs and gutters
  • Installing underground lines for new traffic and pedestrian signals

In Spring 2020, construction crews will return to complete the improvements project with a focus on installing new traffic and pedestrian signals and wrapping up construction activities in the area.

Expect noise and dust

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.

Construction activities nearby

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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