Two-Week Closure Of Hwy 55 East Of Golden Valley To Begin Oct 30
October 25, 2017
Starting Oct 30, Hwy 55 just east of Golden Valley between Van White Memorial Blvd and West Lyndale Ave will be closed for about two weeks to replace a structurally deficient storm sewer. The work also will save time and money later when a METRO Blue Line Extension light rail station is built at the intersection above the sewer’s present location.
The work is being coordinated with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and City of Minneapolis in preparation for the start of Blue Line Extension LRT heavy construction. MnDOT identified the 130-year old storm sewer pipe as structurally deficient and budgeted $3.2 million to replace it. The pipe also needs to be moved to make room for construction of LRT tracks in the highway median and the future Van White Boulevard Station.
“Coordinating the work is saving roughly $3 million and minimizing impacts to the traveling public by avoiding MnDOT crews from having to repair the tunnel now and then having other crews relocate it underground east of the station during LRT construction,” said Dan Soler, director of the Blue Line Extension LRT Project.
Detours And Local Access
Route 19 buses will be detoured around the closure area, and rider alerts will be posted at impacted bus stops. Crews will maintain local access to the surrounding neighborhoods and Summit Academy OIC. A sidewalk along Hwy 55 will remain open. Planned roadway detours will not impact access to existing polling locations.
Blue Line Extension LRT project staff have coordinated the Hwy 55 closure dates with MnDOT, Hennepin County, and the City of Minneapolis. Work on I-94, I-394, and Hwy 169 is complete, and lanes are reopened. Crews are planning to work around the clock seven days a week to keep the closure period as short as possible.
“Replacing and relocating the tunnel as quickly as possible minimizes the impact to the region in the short term, while benefiting the public in the long run with better infrastructure and transit. Replacing the pipe now benefits the public by not waiting until it fails, which would require more tax dollars and result in a longer road closure,” Soler said.
Partial lane closures will occur at times over the winter while crews reconnect the new tunnel. Crews will finish restoration work in spring 2018.