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

Thank you from the project team!

Construction activities complete for the year

On behalf of the project team, thank you for your patience while we completed this year's construction activities at the Lake Street (County Road 25) and Excelsior Boulevard (County Road 3) intersection. 

Improvements include:

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

Pedestrian island at Lake Street and Excelsior Boulevard intersection

A new pedestrian island with sidewalk path provides a safer connection for people walking, biking and rolling through the intersection.

Pedestrian crossing connecting Lake Street and Excelsior Boulevard

Improved pedestrian crossings at the intersection include a protected refuge area and accessible curb ramps.

What to expect in 2020

Because crews were able to complete a significant amount of work at the intersection this year, we anticipate next year's work will be less disruptive and will require fewer lane shifts and closures.

Crews will be back in early spring to complete remaining intersection improvements, including:

  • Placing permanent striping
  • Installing new traffic signals

Winter travel through the area

With this year's construction activities complete, crews will make sure the road is ready for winter travel, as well as for snow and ice removal by county crews.

To learn more about our snow and ice removal on county roads, visit

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 For questions or to report issues with these construction activities, contact David Davies, Southwest LRT community outreach coordinator for Minneapolis, at 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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