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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 project is currently in the preliminary stages of survey and design. Design is anticipated to continue through 2018, with construction starting in early 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

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.