As part of a regularly scheduled study session tonight, City Council will discuss a handful of options for work to the St. Louis Park portion of Highway 100.
The city has been pushing for improvements to the highway segment — which runs from 36th Street to Highway 394 — for years, as it is consistently one of the most congested areas in the Twin Cities. In addition, overpass bridges at Highway 7 and Minnetonka Boulevard have been deemed "structurally deficient," meaning they legally need to be replaced.
Currently, four options are on the table, and council will take a look at all of them. The Minnesota Department of Transportation, which is heading up the project, has identified two preferred plans. Both of those would add lanes of traffic and replace the bridges, at an estimated cost of between $40 million and $55 million. Initial estimates for the city's share of this were between $3 million and $7 million.
The council work session is set to begin at at 7:30 p.m. The discussion on Highway 100 is slated for 8:50 p.m. For more information, please see the attached agenda.