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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

August 2019

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 there 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.