Friday, May 3, 2013
Closures will continue until the project is completed in mid July.
Drivers will face MnPASS lane closures on Interstate 394 starting next week. Lanes will be closed between Interstate 94 and Highway 100 beginning May 6 in order for crews to replace protective gate arms, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) announced. The agency will close access to the reversible section from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays. Evening, overnight and weekend closures may also be needed. If those closures do wind up being necessary, MnDOT will provide additional information. The section will be open during major downtown Minneapolis events and during the following times: Crews will complete the project in mid July.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The city will feel the effects of some of the 280 projects statewide.
St. Louis Park residents will feel the effects of the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s $1.1 billion 2013 road construction season. Recently, MnDOT announced road closings and detours from 280 construction projects—87 projects in the metro and 193 projects in greater Minnesota. Projects near St. Louis Park include: Hwy 7 Use the map above to see a select list of projects near St. Louis Park. For a full list of projects, see the PDFs to the right.
Friday, April 12, 2013
The visual aesthetics of Highway 100 were a topic of discussion during a recent St. Louis Park City Council study session.
The visual aesthetics of Highway 100 were a hot topic of discussion as the St. Louis Park City Council met for a study session on Monday, April 8. While construction isn't slated to begin until late 2014, MnDOT is hoping to have the redevelopment project's Visual Quality Manual completed this July, following an open house either later this spring or early in the summer. Michael Schroeder, a landscape architect and planning focus leader with LHB Engineers and Architects, provided St. Louis Park City Council with an update on the project during the study session. Schroeder said the group has been working alongside a group of engaged citizens over the course of several meetings to help make the future "visual experience of Highway 100" an …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
The land will likely be used for residential construction—but what kind of housing would you like to see?
Two pieces of land near Wayzata Boulevard and Texas Avenue are set to be developed, likely for some kind of new housing. The parcels are owned by MnDOT and have been identified as "excess property" after a highway project. MnDOT is willing to sell the land to the city for development. Currently, the area is zoned residential, and at a Monday night City Council meeting, members said they'd probably like to keep it that way. So, expect some type of housing to go up. But we want to hear specifically what kind of housing you'd like to see. Apartments? Condos? Single-family homes? Mixed-use? And would you like to see something upscale, or something more affordable? Or, maybe you disagree with council and think a commercial development should go…
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Space is needed to construct a new bridge over Louisiana Avenue.
The city of St. Louis Park is still negotiating with seven property owners over land needed to build a new Highway 7 bridge over Louisiana Avenue. Included in negotiations is what to do with two billboards at the intersection. The city has proposed that the signs be relocated within the area, and staff will be meeting with Clear Channel Communications—which owns the billboards—on Thursday. Impacts to other properties vary. The city is requesting a small strip of land off of Louisiana on Sam's Club property because the sidewalk will have to move as the road widens. At 7201 Lake St., which houses Cardinal Glass and Odds and Ends Furniture, two out of four entrances to the building will have to be closed. Additionally, the Oak Hill Office …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
The roadway's southbound lanes will close to traffic at 5 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25, and are set to reopen by 5 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 27.
Southbound Hwy. 100 between I-394 and Hwy. 62 will be closed throughout the upcoming weekend as Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) crews perform maintenance work. More than five miles of the busy roadway are set to close to traffic at 5 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, while workers inspect overpasses and make repairs to bridges, signs and drainage systems. The southbound lanes are expected to reopen by 5 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 27. During the closure, motorists will be directed to detour along westbound I-394, southbound Hwy. 169 and eastbound Hwy. 62. The weekend closure is designed to lessen the number of non-rush hour lane closures needed during a given week, according to MnDOT. Officials also say it will be a more efficient use of …
Friday, August 17, 2012
The roadway will close to traffic at 5 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18, and is set to reopen by 5 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 20.
Northbound Hwy. 100 between Hwy. 62 and I-394 will be closed throughout the upcoming weekend as Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) crews perform maintenance work. More than five miles of the busy roadway are set to close to traffic at 5 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, while workers inspect overpasses and make repairs to bridges, signs and drainage systems. The northbound lanes are expected to reopen by 5 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 20. During the closure, motorists will be directed to detour along westbound Hwy. 62, northbound Hwy. 169 and eastbound I-394. The weekend closure is designed to lessen the number of non-rush hour lane closures needed during a given week, according to MnDOT. Officials also say it will be a more efficient use of …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
City Council has authorized eminent domain if needed.
The city of St. Louis Park is prepared to take land if needed to build a new Highway 7 bridge over Louisiana Avenue. On Monday, the City Council authorized eminent domain, though the city will first try to negotiate with various property owners over the next four months. In all, there are seven privately owned properties that will be impacted. Two of the seven parcels contain billboards that will have to be removed or relocated. They are owned by Outdoor Advertising and Clear Channel Communications. Impacts to other properties vary. The city is requesting a small strip of land off of Louisiana on Sam's Club property because the sidewalk will have to move as the road widens. At 7201 Lake St., which houses Cardinal Glass and Odds and Ends …
Thursday, July 12, 2012
City Council and MnDOT have found common ground and plans are advancing.
“I never thought I’d live long enough (to see this).” That's what Mayor Jeff Jacobs said on Monday during a City Council study session as plans to reconstruct and renovate Highway 100 in St. Louis Park seemed to take a big step forward. Council and the Minnesota Department of Transportation have seemingly found a layout that both sides can agree on. By the end of the month, MnDOT is expected to formally submit a request for municipal consent. Assuming council grants this consent, MnDOT would then be able to proceed with the next steps in the project, including opening bids and awarding a construction contract by spring of 2014. This is a far cry from the uncertainty surrounding the project in years past. After preliminary talks over the …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
St. Louis Park City Council members voiced their support of the plan on Monday.
St. Louis Park City Council appears to be "all-in" on a plan to take Highway 7 over Louisiana Avenue via a brand new bridge. At a Monday study session, several council members voiced support of the plan. And last month, the city got some good news in the form of a $3 million grant from the state's Transportation Economic Development program. With the grant, roughly $21 million of the project's estimated $25 million price tag has been committed by various entities, including the city, MnDOT and the federal government. Councilwoman Anne Mavity said that barring an unforeseen setback, she sees no reason not to build the bridge. “I feel like I’m all in on this," she said. “We’ve gone this far. We need to take this home and get it done.” To …