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Highway 7 & Louisiana Avenue Interchange

updated: Wednesday, October 29, 2014

TRAFFIC IMPACTS

Eastbound Highway 7: If you're heading eastbound on Highway 7 between Texas Avenue and Wooddale Avenue, you may encounter a lane closure starting tomorrow, Wednesday, October 29 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. One lane of eastbound Highway 7 will remain open.
 
Westbound Highway 7 Ramp to Northbound Louisiana: 
This ramp will be closed on Wednesday, October 29 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. to install the final lift of bituminous.

Currently
  • Highway 7 traffic has switched over to the new Highway 7 bridge.
  • The ramp from westbound Highway 7 to northbound Louisiana Avenue is open. All other access to or from Highway 7 at Louisiana Avenue is closed.
Detours
  • To go northbound on Louisiana Avenue from eastbound Highway 7, take northbound Texas Avenue to eastbound Minnetonka Avenue. Map
  • To go southbound on Louisiana Avenue from Highway 7, take southbound Blake Road to eastbound Excelsior Boulevard. Map

Additional Traffic and Noise Impacts
  • Walker Street west of Louisiana Avenue will be closed through October.
  • Lake Street west of Louisiana Avenue will be closed through October.
  • Lanes on Louisiana Avenue reduced to one lane in each direction.
  • As of March 24, C.S. McCrossan Construction, Inc. began occasionally starting work at 6 a.m. on the weekdays and at 7 a.m. on Saturdays. These extra hours will continue through November 2014. Note: pile driving will not begin before 7 a.m. The noise will be from heavy construction equipment, trucks and excavators.
  • The Lake Street exit off of Highway 7 is closed indefinitely. Map
  • Retaining wall construction continues
  • Northbound lanes of Louisiana Avenue being constructed
  • Installed pilings to support road and bridge
  • Utility installation continues

 

Other Elements of the Project
  • Reconfigure West Lake Street and Walker Street
  • Add pedestrian and bicycle upgrades
  • Add artistic elements such as lighting and other architectural features to the project

 

Timeline
Construction began in the summer of 2013; Substantial completion expected by the end of 2014.

 

Project Description
The project includes the construction of a grade-separated interchange at the Highway 7/Louisiana Avenue intersection. These improvements will improve access, safety and operations for a number of modes of transportation including vehicles, pedestrians, bicycles, transit and freight. The proposed project consists of a tight diamond interchange configuration with roundabouts along Louisiana Avenue for traffic control at the Lake Street and Walker Street intersections

Business Outreach
The City of St. Louis Park is committed, along with its partners, to working with neighborhood businesses throughout the project. MnDOT and the City of St. Louis Park will work directly with affected businesses on disruptions, signage, detours, marketing and more. If you’re a business owner in the area and you would like more information on ongoing efforts, please contact: Mark Dierling, Project Manager, S.E.H. Consulting Engineers, at (651) 765-2953 or mdierling@sehinc.com.

Resources
MnDOT Project Website
SEH Project Website

Contact
Joe Shamla | Senior Engineering Project Manager
City Hall | 5005 Minnetonka Blvd. | St. Louis Park, MN 55416
P: (952) 924-2552 | jshamla@stlouispark.org

 

More Links

Engineering Department
5005 Minnetonka Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Phone: (952) 924-2656 Email: info@stlouispark.org