The St. Louis Park City Council recently approved a long-discussed project to replace old bridges over Highway 100.
The $80 million project would widen the Minnetonka Boulevard bridge, pushing out exits and making the area a traditional diamond interchange (see attached PDF). This would mean no more exiting onto Vernon Avenue near the Holiday station, for instance, before actually getting onto Minnetonka. Instead, direct connections between Highway 100 and Minnetonka would be established.
Additionally, the exit and entrance ramps on the west side of Highway 100 at the Highway 7 interchange would be revised, and noisewalls would be added along the route.
Council members approved the project at their Dec. 3 meeting.
Michael Rardin, director of Public Works, told KSTP Highway 100 need to be reconstructed. "It's an old highway and it's carrying a huge volume of traffic."
Construction is expected to begin in late 2014 and end in 2016.
See more coverage of the project:
- Highway 100 Project Going to Happen? Looks That Way
- Ellison Fights For Bridge Repair Dollars
- St. Louis Park Traffic Map
- City Still Weighing Highway 100 Options
- Council Notes: City to Further Analyze Highway 100 Plans
- Council Frustrated Over Highway 100 Plans
- Council to Look Closer at Highway 100 Options
- City to Legislature: Highway 100 is Priority One