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Vernon Avenue Bridge replacement and intersections improvements

County Road 158 in Edina

Hennepin County, in coordination with Minnesota Department of Transportation and City of Edina, is planning to replace the Vernon Avenue Bridge (County Road 158) over the Canadian Pacific (CP) Railroad, improve the intersection at Interlachen Boulevard, and realign the Highway 100 off-ramp in Edina.

Construction is anticipated to begin in late 2023 or early 2024.

Project timeline with expected completion in 2024
 
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Upcoming engagement

We will continue to engage residents in 2022 to share the final bridge and intersections design, and construction timeline and staging. We want to continue to hear from Vernon Avenue users, Grandview District residents, business owners and visitors, and residents in the surrounding communities.

Check back soon for project updates and future engagement events.

Past engagement

Visit the virtual open house to view proposed designs

View the open house.

In 2021, we launched our virtual open house so you can see the proposed designs.

When you access the site, you will learn more about how the existing bridge and connecting roadways pose safety, connectivity and delay issues. And, you will see how our initial proposed design and improvements will:

  • Allow for safer turning and merging at intersections for people driving
  • Make the bridge and intersection safer and more inviting for people walking, biking and rolling
  • Update the look of the bridge that complement existing designs along Vernon Avenue

You will also learn more about the design process.

View the summary of open house responses and comments (PDF).

Vernon Avenue noise wall

Project partners (Hennepin County, the City of Edina and the Minnesota Department of Transportation) are planning to install a noise wall along the northbound Highway 100 on-ramp from Vernon Avenue as part of the Vernon Avenue Bridge replacement and intersections improvements project.

Hennepin County conducted a noise analysis along Vernon Avenue and determined that a noise wall constructed along Highway 100 would benefit 12 properties in the area.

Following this determination, county and city staff held a virtual meeting to present about the proposed noise wall. At the meeting, staff shared traffic noise analysis results along the area, outlined how noise walls will reduce traffic noise levels and provided location details. Hennepin County also sent informational flyers and ballots to the affected properties to solicit a vote either in favor or against the construction of a noise wall.

The first round of ballots received resulted in 10 “YES, I want the noise wall” votes and two ballots unreturned. As a result, a noise wall along Highway 100 will be included in the project. The next steps include additional data collection, such as site surveying and the noise wall design.

More information about the noise wall location, purpose and frequently asked questions in the document below, as well as the meeting recording:

Highway 100 proposed noise wall (PDF)

Hennepin County plans to replace the Vernon Avenue Bridge (County Road 158) over the Canadian Pacific (CP) railway. The bridge is nearing the end of its service life and will need replacement. In addition to replacing the bridge, we are looking at opportunities to make improvements to connecting roadways in the heart of the Grandview District.

Construction is anticipated to begin as early as late 2023.

Project goals

Goals for this project are to provide a new bridge and upgraded intersections that are safer, more functional and attractive for all users. The improved area will meet present and future needs of this corridor and continue to serve the communities and visitors to the Grandview District.

Planned improvements will be at these locations on Vernon Avenue:

  • Interlachen Boulevard intersection
  • Vernon Avenue Bridge
  • Highway 100 off-ramp
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