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France Avenue (CSAH 17) Trail Project

What is the scope of the project?

This project includes the reconstruction of existing, substandard trails along the west side of France Avenue between W Old Shakopee Road (CSAH 1) and W 84th Street in Bloomington. The existing bicycle and pedestrian facilities on the west side of France Avenue are a patchwork of sidewalks, narrow trails, and paved shoulders. The varied conditions require weaving, have inconsistent protection, and little separation between trail users and vehicular traffic.

Approximately three miles of trail along the corridor will be constructed to meet today’s standards for multiuse trails including additional width, improved intersection crossings, along with an improved crossing over Nine Mile Creek. Reconstruction of the proposed trail segment will augment multimodal travel in Bloomington by providing increased safety and comfort to users seeking recreation or access to a variety of destinations, including improved connections to existing bike/pedestrian facilities on W Old Shakopee Road, W 90th Street and W 84th Street.

This Project will be designed and constructed in cooperation between both Hennepin County and the City of Bloomington.

France Avenue Trial Map France Avenue Trail Project Map

How is the project funded?

The City of Bloomington applied for and received a federal grant through the Metropolitan Council’s regional solicitation process, which will fund a portion of the project cost. The remainder of the cost will be funded by City of Bloomington funds.

What is the project's schedule?

The design for the project is complete and construction is anticipated to begin in late Spring – early Summer 2019.

Neighborhood Open House, June 14, 2018 - Layouts

The layouts include:

PDF iconFrance Ave Trail_Public Open House 2_Layout_061418.pdf

PDF iconFrance Ave Trail_Schedule 061418.pdf

PDF iconFrance Ave Trail Typical Sections 061418.pdf

Updates

October 2019

October 11, 2019

Seeding of the area between 84th Street and 90th Street is anticipated to occur the week of October 14.   The transfer of aerial utility lines on poles near 98th Street are anticipated to complete the week of October 14, which will be followed by completion of grading and trail paving in that area.  Grading continues on the segment north of Normandale College up to the marsh.  Concrete installation will continue in that area the week of October 14.  Paving of additional segments of trail adjacent to Normandale Community College and Jefferson Schools are anticipated to begin late in the week of October 14 or the week of October 21.  Trail removal in the area from 98th Street to 102nd Street is anticipated to begin the week of October 14.   

October 4, 2019

Boulevard grading and restoration will continue in the areas that were recently paved the week of October 7.   The transfer of aerial utility lines on poles near 98th Street and south of 102nd Street are anticipated to occur the week of October 7, which will allow grading in that area to complete, followed by trail paving.  Excavation and grading continues on the segment north of Normandale College to 94th Street and concrete installation is scheduled for the week of October 7 in that area.  Xcel Energy will be working near the intersection of 98th Street and France Avenue early in the week of October 7, which will require the intersection to be placed at a 4-way stop for a period of time during non-peak vehicle hours.  

September 2019

September 27, 2019

Paving of the asphalt trail surface was completed between W. 90th Street and W. 84th Street, as well as a section from Heritage Hills Drive to the sidewalk connection on the southside of the Jefferson school building, the remaining portion to W. 102nd Street is expected to be completed the week of September 30.  Boulevard grading and restoration will begin on areas that have been paved.   Aerial utility lines are expected to be transferred allowing the removal of the current utility poles.  Additional excavation and grading work continue on the segment north of W. 98th Street adjacent to Normandale College; storm sewer utility work will also continue north of W. 98th Street.

Hennepin County will be working on pedestrian signal improvement at the intersection of France Avenue at W. 102nd Street and American Boulevard.  Traffic control will require a lane closure on the northbound side during non-peak hours.

September 20, 2019

Hydrant relocation is complete on the segment of trail between 84th Street and 90th Street.  Fine grading of class 5 gravel in this area is anticipated to complete late in the week of September 16 which will be followed by asphalt trail paving of that segment early in the week of September 23.  Boulevard restoration will follow paving the week of September 23.  Asphalt trail paving is also scheduled for the week of September 23, south of 102nd Street, adjacent to Jefferson Schools.  Fine grading of class 5 gravel adjacent to Normandale Community College will be completed when private utility relocation is complete in the area.  Trail removal and storm sewer utility work is scheduled to continue north of 94th Street and between 102nd Street and 98th Street the week of September 23.

September 13, 2019

The remaining hydrant relocations between 84th Street and 90th Street were delayed due to the rain this week and are rescheduled for early in the week of September 16. All affected properties will be notified of the change. Final grading of the class 5 gravel between 84th Street and 90th Street along with the areas adjacent to Normandale Community College and Jefferson Schools were delayed due to the rain and will continue the week of September 16. Paving of these segments is anticipated to begin late in the week of September 16 (weather permitting). Private utility relocation continues in the area. Trail removal between 102nd Street and 98th Street is anticipated to begin the week of September 23.

September 6, 2019

The remaining hydrant relocations along with final grading of the trail segment between 84th Street and 90th Street is anticipated to occur the week of September 9. All affected properties will be notified of the hydrant relocations. This will be followed by paving of this segment of trail. Excavation and placement of class 5 continues in the segments adjacent to Jefferson Schools and Normandale Community College and will complete when private utility relocation is complete in those areas. Private utility relocation will continue the week of September 9. Concrete work will also continue the week of September 9.

August 2019

August 30, 2019

Excavation and placement of class 5 is anticipated to complete the week of September 1 adjacent to Jefferson Schools and Normandale Community College.  This will be followed by paving of the asphalt trail in those locations.  Xcel Energy continues power pole relocation and transfer of overhead lines in the area.  Private utility relocation on the trail segment between 84th Street and 90th Street is complete and grading of the trail will continue in early September along with one remaining hydrant relocation in this segment.  This will be followed by paving of the asphalt trail. 

August 23, 2019

Excavation and placement of class 5 has been slightly delayed due to rain earlier this week and will continue in the areas adjacent to Jefferson Schools and Normandale Community College the week of August 26.  Concrete work will also continue the week of August 26.  Private utility relocation on the trail segment between 84th Street and 90th Street should complete the week of August 26, which will allow final grading and paving of the trail to continue in that area.  Xcel Energy continues power pole relocation along the remainder of the corridor along with other private utility companies relocating there overhead lines on Xcel Energy poles.  

August 16, 2019

The hydrant relocation adjacent to Jefferson Schools is complete.  Trail removals and placement of class 5 will complete in the areas adjacent to Jefferson Schools and Normandale Community College the week of August 19.  Concrete work has also started in those areas and will continue the week of August 19.  Xcel Energy continues power pole relocation along the corridor along with other private utility companies relocating their overhead lines on Xcel Energy poles.  

August 9, 2019

Trail removals have started between Heritage Hills Drive and 94th Street and will continue the week of August 12 along with excavation and placement of class 5 in the areas adjacent to Jefferson Schools and Normandale Community College.  Concrete work is scheduled to continue the week of August 12.  The Contractor has tentatively scheduled a hydrant relocation adjacent to Jefferson Schools for the overnight hours from Thursday, August 15 to Friday, August 16.  The work is anticipated to start around 11 PM on August 15 and complete prior to 6 AM on August 16.  This work is scheduled to be done overnight since it requires the water main to be shut down for businesses at Heritage Plaza.  All affected residents will be notified of the work.  Xcel Energy continues power pole relocation along the corridor.  

August 2, 2019

Concrete work will continue between 84th Street and 90th Street the week of August 5. Xcel Energy will continue power pole relocation between 84th Street and 90th Street the week of August 5 and bituminous trail installation will occur in this area after all of the new poles have been installed and overhead wires have been transferred. Sawcutting for the next phase of the trail project was completed this week between 94th Street and Heritage Hills Drive. Trail removals are scheduled to begin in this area the week of August 5. The Contractor will be concentrating on the areas adjacent to Jefferson Schools and Normandale Community College.

July 2019

July 25, 2019

Excavation and placement of class 5 gravel is anticipated to complete the week of July 29 between Poplar Bridge Road and 90th Street. Curb and gutter removal and replacement has started and will continue the week of July 29. Xcel Energy will continue power pole relocation between 84th Street and 90th Street the week of July 29.

July 19, 2019

Excavation and placement of class 5 gravel will continue the week of July 22 between 84th Street and 90th Street. Storm sewer work along with curb and gutter removal and replacement is scheduled to start the week of July 22.

July 12, 2019

Trail removal is complete between 84th Street and 90th Street. The Contractor will be excavating and placing class 5 gravel in the location of the new trail the week of July 15. Utility pole relocation will also continue.

July 3, 2019

Erosion control installation will complete this week. Saw cutting and trail removal between 84th Street and 90th Street is scheduled to begin the week of July 8. Utility pole relocation is anticipated to begin the week of July 8 between 84th Street and 90th Street.

June 2019

June 28, 2019

Erosion control installation will complete the week of July 1 and trail reconstruction is scheduled to begin the week of July 8 between 84th Street and 90th Street. 

June 21, 2019

The Contractor is scheduled to install erosion control the week of June 24.  Trail reconstruction is anticipated to begin the week of July 8 between 84th Street and 90th Street.  Private utility relocations have started and will continue in the coming weeks.

June 14, 2019

The Contractor plans to begin placing erosion control in late June and begin trail removals in early July.  More information will be given as construction nears.

June 7, 2019

A pre-construction meeting was held on June 6 and construction is anticipated to begin the week of June 17. More information will be given when a schedule has been determined as to which area along the corridor the work will begin.

May 2019

May 24, 2019

A pre-construction meeting has been scheduled for the week of June 3.  Construction is anticipated to begin in mid-late June and more information will be given when a schedule is determined.

March 2019

March 15, 2019

Tree clearing in advance of the France Avenue Trail project is anticipated to begin late in the week of March 18, and will complete by the end of March. This will include tree clearing between W 98th Street and W 90th Street on the west side of France Avenue, primarily in the Marsh Lake Park wetland area in the location of the future boardwalk installation, with a few select trees adjacent to Normandale Community College and St. Stephen Lutheran Church. The trees within the wetland area will be dropped at this time and removed from the area prior to the installation of the boardwalk later this spring when a Contractor has been hired for the France Avenue Trail Project. Trees need to be taken down during the winter months to avoid disturbing long-eared bats. Long-eared bats are listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.
The France Avenue Trail Project is anticipated to begin advertising in late March, with a bid opening to be scheduled for late April – early May. Trail Reconstruction is anticipated to begin in the May/June 2019 timeframe.

January 2019

January 18, 2019

France Avenue will be closed from W 98th Street to W 90th Street on Friday, January 18 from approximately 10am - 3pm to transfer the overhead Xcel wires from the west side to the east side of France Avenue. A detour will be provided that utilizes W 98th Street, W 90th Street and Penn Avenue.

January 11, 2019

The poles for Xcel’s temporary relocation have been placed. The transfer of the wires to the east side of the road will require the closure of France Avenue between W 98th Street and W 90th Street. This is anticipated to occur on Friday, January 18 from approximately 10am - 2pm and a detour will be provided.

January 4, 2019

The installation of the boardwalk over Nine Mile Creek along Marsh Lake Park requires the temporary relocation of the existing overhead power lines from 90th Street to approximately 500’ south of Nine Mile Creek on the west side of France Avenue. Temporary poles will be installed on the east side of France Avenue in this location and the lines will be transferred to these poles. Xcel Energy anticipates starting this temporary relocation the week of January 7. This work will require temporary single lane closures on France Avenue.

June 2018

June 15, 2018

A neighborhood open house was held on Thursday, June 14 from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. at St. Stephen Lutheran Church at 8400 France Ave in Bloomington.  There were a total of 25 residents that attended the meeting.  This was the second neighborhood open house held for the project and staff will be moving forward with completing design by the fall of 2018 with construction anticipated to begin in early 2019.  The design layouts that were presented at the meeting will be made available for viewing on the project website early in the week of June 18.  

June 1, 2018

A neighborhood open house is scheduled for Thursday, June 14 from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 8400 France Ave in Bloomington.   This will be the second open house, as one was held previously in November 2017 when the plans were in the very preliminary stage.  This meeting will be an informal open house for potential trail users, neighbors, and community members to see the current design and ask questions alongside staff.  There will be no formal presentation. 

February 2018

February 23, 2018

A public hearing to order the project is scheduled for Monday, March 5 at Bloomington City Council.  The Council meeting begins at 7:00pm.

December 2017

December 1, 2017

A neighborhood open house was held on Thursday, November 30 from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. at St. Stephen Lutheran Church at 8400 France Ave in Bloomington to review the France Avenue Multi-Modal Trail Project. There were a total of 25 residents that attended the meeting. This was the first neighborhood meeting for the project and was intended to present the project and gather input from the neighborhood. Staff will use this input to aid in the continued drafting of preliminary designs and staff plans to hold an additional neighborhood meeting in early 2018. The design layouts that were presented at the meeting will be made available for viewing on the project website.

November 2017

November 22, 2017

A neighborhood open house is scheduled for Thursday, November 30 from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. at St. Stephen Lutheran Church at 8400 France Ave in Bloomington.

November 17, 2017

A neighborhood open house is scheduled for Thursday, November 30 from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. at St. Stephen Lutheran Church at 8400 France Ave. in Bloomington. The proposed project includes the reconstruction of existing, substandard trails along the west side of France Ave between W Old Shakopee Road and W 84th Street.  Approximately three miles of trails along the corridor will be constructed to meet today’s standards for multi-modal trails including additional width and improved intersection crossings, along with an improved crossing over Nine Mile Creek. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2019. The project will be done in cooperation between the City of Bloomington and Hennepin County, and is currently in the preliminary design stage. This meeting will be an informal open house for potential trail users, neighbors, and community members to provide early input on the project. There will be no formal presentation.

Stay informed

As the Project continues to move forward, notices for neighborhood informational meetings will be posted on this website and sent to adjacent property owners.

Throughout the project design and construction, updates will be provided via this website, through  E-Subscribe, and via direct mailings to those property owners adjacent to the project.