10th Ave Crews To Work Extended Hours Oct 13-17
Starting Oct 13 through Oct 17, crews on the 10th Ave culvert project will work 14-hour shifts, from approximately 8 am to 9 pm. The extended hours are necessary so crews can replace the culverts underneath the Union Pacific Railroad tracks during a scheduled rail outage planned to allow the work to be completed.
Crews began replacing the aging metal culverts that carry Bassett Creek under 10th Ave and the tracks at the end of August. Substantial completion of the project is expected in mid November.
The railroad has remained operational during the work, and this is one of two scheduled weekend rail outages where the contractor will be allowed to work longer hours. The second rail outage will be in late October. Watch the City website for specific dates and updates. Schedules are subject to change due to weather.
The project involves digging up 10th Ave (between the Golden Valley Library and the end of Rhode Island Ave N), the Luce Line Trail, and the railroad track to replace the existing culverts with two concrete box culverts.
Detoured traffic will use Golden Valley Rd and Winnetka Ave. Full access to the Hennepin County Library is available from Winnetka Ave. The Luce Line Trail is also closed during the project, and trail users will follow the same detour as vehicles.
The City has communicated with Union Pacific since 2008 regarding inspection results and the potential impacts of culvert failure, which include flooding and train derailment. The two arch culverts (114-inch span) and one round culvert (72-inch diameter), classified as bridges because of their size, were inspected annually and recently showed rapid deterioration.
If you have questions about this project, contact the City at 763-539-8030 Monday through Friday between 8 am and 4:30 pm. For emergencies after hours and weekends, contact the Police Department front desk at 763-593-8079. The Police Department will contact appropriate City staff