Historic Walker Lake Street Reconstruction

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Latest updates

Aug. 23, 2019 

Work beginning the week of Aug. 26 - "The Switch"
  • Phase 2 area is the remaining section of Walker Street, from approximately 100 feet east of the railroad tracks to Library Lane. Phase 2 construction area will be closed to traffic. View the traffic control map.

The school parking lot is available for customer and employee use. The frontage road is also available for your use until you see otherwise. Please obey the "No Parking" signs in the area.

  • Reclaiming of the asphalt will start on Monday afternoon. 
  • Curb and gutter will be removed.
  • Sidewalk will stay in place as long as possible, at least through the week and over the Labor Day weekend.
  • Temporary water will be connected to businesses.
  • Watermain work should start on Wednesday. Testing of the watermain will start after the work is completed.
  • Once the watermain work is completed grading of the road will begin.
Work beginning the week of Sept. 3
  • Businesses will be connected back to the water system. 
  • Electric and fiber conduit will start getting installed.
  • Sidewalks will be removed so grading for the new walk and planters can take place.
  • Soil correction will take place if needed.

It is estimated that this road will remain closed through mid-October. Library Lane is open as well as the east part of Walker Street and Dakota Avenue. The frontage road will be the primary access to the Legion and Masonic Center. If you are visiting the area, please park along Library Lane, Walker Street east of Library Lane or in the municipal parking lot at the corner of Lake Street and Walker Street. Signage will be installed to assist with this. 

We realize that construction activities can be an inconvenience, and we appreciate your patience. If you have special access needs, please contact us to discuss what could be done to accommodate these needs.

This project is anticipated to be completed by mid-October 2019. Please be aware that construction is highly weather dependent, rain can cause delays. 

Project background

The Historic Walker Lake street reconstruction project includes reconstructing Library Lane, Walker Street (east of the railroad tracks) and portion of the frontage road. The design includes road and intersection improvements, sidewalk, stormwater improvements, watermain replacement and LED street lights.

This project was awarded to Minger Construction Inc. at the May 20, 2019 city council meeting.

This project will be paid for using city funds; there are no proposed special assessments to individual property owners.

Other planning efforts

The City of St. Louis Park has been working with the residents, businesses and property owners of the Historic Walker Lake district for the past few years to find ways to revitalize the area, engage the community and attract visitors. These efforts include a small area plan, new street design, branding and an activation plan. Learn more about the other Historic Walker Lake planning efforts.

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