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Met Council tour explores challenging Southwest LRT construction

2021-10-26 18:40:10 –

On Thursday, 15 people wore bright orange safety vests, helmets and safety goggles to learn more about the construction of the Southwest Light Rail Line in the Kenilworth Corridor in Minneapolis, the most difficult place.

This tour, one of dozens of tours organized by the Metropolitan Council, provides a clear explanation of the complex, multi-year construction process for the general public on Twin Cities’ third light rail.

“We want people to understand how complex this project is,” explained David Davies, community outreach coordinator for the regional planning agency.

On Thursday’s tour, we explored a 0.5-mile long tunnel built along the Kenilworth Corridor, a narrow recreational and cargo passage between Cedar Lake and Isles Lake. This is the most expensive and complex part of the 14.5 mile route between downtown Minneapolis and Eden Prairie.

Southwestern project director Jim Alexander began by explaining the “beach elephant,” the current cost of the project and when the line will be in service. Both are unknown at this time.

The previous $ 2 billion price tag has risen $ 200 million due to a problem that contractors have called “poor soil” in the corridors. “The cost will go up. I don’t know how much yet,” Alexander said.

NS business, Completed on the way, but ran out of the original $ 204 million reserve. Hennepin County has secured an additional $ 200 million to cover the costs at the request of the Federal Transport Authority (FTA), which is helping fund the project.

When passenger service begins depends on the progress of the tunnel. The previous start date was 2023.

“This is the most difficult piece. This is a bear,” Alexander nodded to the site. “And it’s a big bear.”

He speculated that Southwest would cost between $ 150 million and $ 200 million per mile and would be breathtaking to hear a woman. But he said other transportation projects across the United States would cost more.

The project’s relations with its neighbors in the Kenilworth Corridor have been drama-filled for many years, including an unsuccessful proceeding filed against the Met Council in an attempt to suspend the project for environmental reasons. The tour participants on Tuesday were curious but polite.

Kenwood resident Evelyn Turner said he had withstood a significant amount of dust and noise during the construction of the Southwest. “It will happen someday,” she said somewhat philosophically.

Turner said he generally supports light rail transportation, but doubts that it will be placed with Twin Cities and Western freight trains that will continue to operate in the corridors after the light rail service begins. Was presented.

When the Southwest was planned, Mr Turner said Hennepin County promised that freight trains would be diverted elsewhere, but that didn’t happen. “Many people are still bitter,” she said.

Due to recent soil problems, the Met Council has changed its construction method in a narrow corridor near the Calhorn Isles condo. Part of the foundation of the complex is within 6 inches of the tunnel.

The builder is building a secant wall (intersecting reinforced concrete piles) on the east side of the tunnel to stabilize the soil under construction. This is a move aimed at protecting the foundations of nearby buildings.

Heading downtown, the LRT train exits the tunnel and crosses a bridge over the waterway between Lake Cedar and Lake Isles.

Dick Adair, who lives in the Bryn Mawr district of Minneapolis, said:

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