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Old Cedar Ave Bridge & Trail

Old Cedar Avenue Area Project

What is the scope of this project?

This Project includes the reconstruction of just over a half mile of Old Cedar Avenue from Old Shakopee Road (CSAH 1) to the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge parking lot in Bloomington as part of the Pavement Management Program. The parking lot will also be reconstructed as part of the project.  The plans also include: construction of a new trail off road trail from Old Shakopee Road (CSAH 1) to the Old Cedar Avenue Bridge, and on the other side of Long Meadow Lake, conversion of the deteriorated road to a trail from the bridge to the existing trail along Minnesota River, including a connection to the TH77 Cedar Avenue pedestrian bridge.  Trailhead amenities, like signage, are also included.

OCA Area Site Concept Plan

PDF iconAerial Map of the Old Cedar Avenue Area Project

How is the project funded?

The majority of road construction is funded like all other Pavement Management Program streets with a combination of City general fund and assessments.  Single and two-family residences pay 25 percent of their portion of the project through assessments; commercial, industrial or multi-family residences pay 50 percent of the cost through assessments.  For the portion of road that only serves the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge the City applied for and received a state grant through the Park Road Account program.

The City of Bloomington applied for and received two grants for the trail construction, one through the Federal Lands Access Program and one through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  The remainder of the cost will be funded by City of Bloomington funds.

The parking lot construction is funded by the US Fish and Wildlife Service through a Federal Land Transportation Program grant.

What is the project schedule?

The project is in the preliminary design stage and a topographical survey has been completed.  Environmental documents are being prepared and reviewed by the appropriate agencies.

Old Cedar Avenue Area Project Tentative Timeline

Old Cedar Avenue Area Project Tentative Timeline, subject to change

FAQS

Does this project include improvements to the intersection of Old Cedar Avenue and E. Old Shakopee Road (CSAH 1)?

This project includes limited improvements at the intersection. The pedestrian ramps will be upgraded to meet current ADA standards. The striping of the south leg of the intersection (Old Cedar Avenue) will be changed to have one southbound through lane, one left turn lane and one northbound through lane. The free right from eastbound E. Old Shakopee Road to Old Cedar Avenue will be reconstructed as well.

Other improvements to the intersection are being discussed with Hennepin County. The city and county are teaming together to develop alternatives for intersection improvements that will occur sometime in the future. Both agencies are seeking funding and looking for grant opportunities to fund this future project.

We are concerned with speeds after the project is completed. What can be done?

Once the project is complete, traffic engineering staff will monitor all types of traffic in the area, including bicyclists and pedestrians to see what issues arise. If speed problems arise, staff have tools to address speeding including enforcement and speed radar signs.

What will the trail & trailhead enhancements include?

The project will include a boardwalk, a future restroom facility, benches and wayfinding signage. See PDF icongraphics of amenities

    Updates

    April 2018

    April 20, 2018

    With the snow over this past weekend, construction plans for the coming weeks have been modified. Backfill of retaining wall C on the west side of the road will occur the week of April 23.   Xcel Energy will move the temporary electric line either on Monday, April 23 or Tuesday, April 24. The contractor will be removing the forms from retaining wall D on the east side of the road and begin setting the forms for the concrete wall facing for retaining wall C.  Clean up of the current work area will occur by May 4.  Work on the structural piles for the boardwalk is scheduled for the week of April 23.  If the weather is cooperative, the contractor may begin setting the structural steel for the boardwalk on the piles on Friday, April 27.

    April 13, 2018

    The concrete wall facing for retaining wall D on the east side of the road should be complete by the end of the week of April 16.  Backfill of retaining wall C on the west side of the road will occur the week of April 16.  Clean up of the current work area will occur the week of April 23.  Work on the structural piles for the boardwalk is scheduled for the week of April 16, however this task is temperature dependent and the work may have to be delayed.  

    April 6, 2018

    Concrete wall facing will continue to be installed over the next couple of weeks.  Boardwalk construction will start the week of April 16, assuming warmer weather.

    March 2018

    March 30, 2018

    Concrete wall facing will continue to be installed over the next couple of weeks. Boardwalk construction will start the week of April 16.

    March 23, 2018

    Work continues on the retaining walls.  The concrete for the wall facing has been delayed slightly and the mock up should be poured the week of March 26.

    March 16, 2018

    Work continues on the retaining walls with welding and installing the wooden lagging.   The contractor will be forming for the concrete facing for the retaining walls the week of March 19 and anticipates pouring the first concrete mid to late next week.

    March 9, 2018

    It is anticipated that pile driving will be complete on Friday, March 9, however if it is not complete this work will be finished the week of March 12.  The contractor will be working on installing drain tile and wall lagging (the wood slats between the piles) as well as other miscellaneous tasks.

    March 1, 2018

    Given the good weather, the contractor is ahead of schedule and has begun pile driving for the retaining wall on the east side of the road.  The pile driving and installation of the wooden slats will take approximately one week.  The wall will eventually have a concrete face installed on the front of the wall to mimic concrete blocks.

    February 2018

    February 23, 2018

    Xcel has begun work on relocating the power temporarily to facilitate retaining wall construction.  This relocation is expected to be complete by Monday, February 26, weather dependent.  The contractor will be moving a crane to the site on Tuesday, February 27 and will start preparations for constructing the retaining walls.

    February 16, 2018

    The contractor has put out heaters in the area of retaining wall C on the west side of Old Cedar Avenue and will begin excavating for the retaining wall starting the week of February 19.

    February 12, 2018

    Tree removal to facilitate Xcel Energy temporary relocation of the power lines to safely construct a retaining wall is scheduled for Tuesday, February 13.  The power line relocation will occur in March 2018. 

    February 2, 2018

    Tree removal, to facilitate Xcel Energy temporary relocation of the power lines to safely construct a retaining wall, could occur as early as February 5. 

    December 2017

    December 21, 2017

    CenterPoint Energy will remove the blankets from the concrete patches the week of December 25.

    December 15, 2017

    CenterPoint Energy will be putting the gas main into service early the week of December 18.  The last dewatering wells have been removed.  Clean up work will occur the week of December 18.

    December 8, 2017

    CenterPoint Energy should complete the pipe installation along Old Cedar Avenue either on Friday, December 8 or Saturday, December 9. If it's necessary to work Saturday, they have obtained a noise variance to allow work to start at 7 a.m. The week of December 11, CenterPoint will be cleaning and testing the pipe prior to putting it back into service. They will install pavement over the trenches next week as well. Clean up work will occur the week of December 18.

    December 1, 2017

    CenterPoint Energy continues to install the new gas main along Old Cedar Avenue. The road and parking lot remain closed for safety reasons as CenterPoint Energy continues their work.  CenterPoint Energy has a noise variance to allow work to begin at 7 a.m. on Saturday, December 2. 

    November 2017

    November 17, 2017

    The City contractor has minor clean up items the week of Thanksgiving in preparation for winter. The contractor intends to start winter construction activities sometime after the first of the year, likely in January or February. CenterPoint Energy continues to work on the new gas main.

    November 9, 2017

    Pavement is anticipated to be placed on the road starting on Monday, November 13, weather permitting. If necessary, work will continue on Tuesday. Permanent seeding will also be installed the week of November 13 along the trail. CenterPoint Energy will continue to work to install the new gas main. This pipe work is expected to take approximately another month.

    November 3, 2017

    Drain tile installation will continue the week of November 6. Street grading and installation of aggregate base along the road and parking lot will also occur next week.

    October 2017

    October 27, 2017

    Pile installation for the retaining wall on the west side of the road is winding down. The contractor will have to install new storm sewer in this area early the week of October 30.  Concrete curb installation will continue along with backfill and installation of riprap. CenturyLink will be on site the week of October 30 to backfill and modify some of their vaults.  CenterPoint Energy continues to install new 24” gas main.

    October 20, 2017

    The Minnesota River elevation is still high and impacts the haul route for paving of the trail. Paving of the trail between Long Meadow Lake and the Minnesota River has been moved to the week of October 23. The contractor will continue to drive piles for the boardwalk and retaining walls and is placing the riprap beneath the boardwalk. Grading, placement of aggregate base and installation of concrete curb will occur over the next two weeks.

    October 13, 2017

    Century Link anticipates being on site the week of October 16 to relocate their facilities. CenterPoint Energy is scheduled to begin their installation of the new 24” gas main the week of October 16.

    Pile driving for the boardwalk and retaining walls has started and will continue the week of October 16, including work on Saturday, October 14. The contractor has a noise exception to begin work at 7 a.m. Grading and paving of the FWS trail between Long Meadow Lake and the Minnesota River is anticipated to occur late in the week of October 16.

    October 6, 2017

    Xcel will complete their work the week of October 9. Comcast is scheduled to be on site to relocate their facilities on October 11, weather dependent. CenterPoint Energy is scheduled to begin their work late the week of October 9. The storm sewer crew will be installing pipe and catch basins towards the latter half of next week.

    The crane to be used for driving the piles for the boardwalk and retaining wall will be delivered early next week. Crane assembly will occur and the first piles will be installed at the boardwalk mid-week.

    Flooding will close the access to the site from Long Meadow Lake Trail near the Minnesota River. Final grading of the trail will commence again once access can be resumed, with paving of this trail section soon after.

    September 2017

    September 29, 2017

    The contractor has submitted a noise variance to begin utility work at 7 a.m. on Saturday, September 30. Xcel will continue to relocate utility poles the week of October 2. Once their work is complete, Comcast will relocate their facilities on the poles and the sewer utility crew will finish up the installation of storm sewer for this year. Century Link will be out midweek to lower their vault. CenterPoint Energy is scheduled to begin their work the week of October 9. The contractor will be filling in wet, depressed areas on the Long Meadow Lake Trail that they are using as a haul road. Pedestrian and bicyclists using the trail may be slightly delayed so this work can be performed safely. Grading of the US Fish & Wildlife Parking lot and the trail section between Long Meadow Lake and the Minnesota River continues the week of October 2.

    September 22, 2017

    Storm sewer and watermain installation will occur the week of September 25. Hauling of the reclaimed bituminous is also expected to begin the week of September 25.

    Construction vehicles will use Long Meadow Lake Trail as an access point to the work site. Users who use the TH77 pedestrian bridge will have access to Long Meadow Lake Trail, but may have to wait until it is safe to pass the construction equipment. Access from TH 77 pedestrian bridge to the Old Cedar Avenue Bridge will be closed, as well as the bridge and the US Fish & Wildlife Parking lot. Both the Hogback Ridge Trail and Bluff Trail remain open, but it is not possible to cross from one trail to the other.

    September 15, 2017

    Erosion control and removal work will continue the week of September 18. Storm sewer pipe installation will also begin next week. The existing road located between Long Meadow Lake and the Minnesota River will be “reclaimed,” which grinds the existing asphalt into a product that can be recycled; this is expected to start on Monday, September 18. Tree trimming/removal and repair of potholes along Long Meadow Lake Trail will also occur.

    Construction vehicles will use Long Meadow Lake Trail as an access point to the work site. Users who use the TH77 pedestrian bridge will have access to Long Meadow Lake Trail, but may have to wait until it is safe to pass the construction equipment. Access from the TH 77 pedestrian bridge to the Old Cedar Avenue Bridge will be closed, as well as the bridge and the US Fish & Wildlife Parking lot. Both the Hogback Ridge Trail and Bluff Trail remain open, but it is not possible to cross from one trail to the other.

    September 8, 2017

    Erosion control and removal work will continue the week of September 11.

    There will be a public hearing at City Council on Monday, September 11 to amend the construction completion date for the project from 2017 to 2019. Staff anticipates the project will be substantially complete in 2018.

    September 1, 2017

    The week of September 5, the contractor will be installing traffic control, silt fence and other erosion control measures, and will begin removals. The contractor will be closing the US Fish & Wildlife parking area, the Old Cedar Avenue Bridge and the trail from the TH77 pedestrian bridge for construction. It will not be possible to hike through from the Minnesota Valley Refuge Visitor Center to Lyndale/Russell A. Sorensen Landing. Both Hogback Ridge Trail and the Bluff Trail will remain open, but users will not be able to cross from one trail to the other during construction at Long Meadow Lake.

    August 2017

    August 25, 2017

    There is a neighborhood meeting on Wednesday, August 30 between 5 pm and 6 pm at the Old Cedar Avenue Bridge Trailhead. (Rain location is Bloomington Public Works.) The contractor intends to start construction on Tuesday, September 5, but may perform tree removal a few days prior to Labor Day if the scheduling works out.

    August 18, 2017

    The pre-construction meeting will be held the week of August 28. Notices were sent out for a neighborhood meeting to be held on Wednesday, August 30 between 5 pm and 6 pm at the Old Cedar Avenue Bridge Trailhead. (Rain location is Bloomington Public Works Building.)

    August 11, 2017

    The construction contract was awarded to S.M. Hentges & Sons at the August 4, 2017 City Council Meeting. The contractor intends to begin construction after Labor Day, assuming all the contracts and insurance are in place.

    August 4, 2017

    S.M. Hengtes & Sons Inc. is the apparent low bidder and has been cleared by the MnDOT Office of Civil Rights. The construction contract will be on the agenda for award at the August 7, 2017 City Council Meeting.

    July 2017

    July 21, 2017

    Bids were opened on Thursday, July 20, 2017. The apparent low bidder is S.M. Hentges. Award is anticipated at the Monday, August 7, 2017 City Council meeting, pending approval from the MnDOT Civil Rights Office.

    June 2017

    June 23, 2017

    On Thursday, June 22, the City received a letter authorizing the project. Plans and specifications will be taken to City Council for approval at the June 26 meeting. The bid opening is scheduled for July 20 with construction expected to start late August.

    June 16, 2017

    The Eastern Federal Lands section of FHWA has indicated that the project may be authorized the week of June 19. In anticipation of this approval, plans and specifications will be taken to City Council for approval at the June 26 meeting. Depending on the actual authorization date, the bid opening would be sometime in the last two weeks of July.

    June 1, 2017

    The MnDOT review that started in February 2017 is almost complete.  The plans have been forwarded to FHWA for authorization.  The schedule remains in flux depending on the time needed for the FHWA review.  It may be necessary to phase the construction work.  The estimate for construction start is currently mid-August and subject to change.

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    August 2016

    August 8, 2016

    Braun Intertec, in conjunction with the Bloomington crews, will be digging some test pits in the hillside for use in design on Friday, September 9, weather dependent.

    June 2016

    June 15, 2016

    Braun Intertec will be taking four more soil borings along Old Cedar Avenue in an effort to comply with MnDOT recommended guidelines.  The soil borings will begin on Thursday, June 16 and may extend into the following week.  The geotechnical exploration will also include some digging of test pits in the hillside for use in design.  This excavation will occur at some point in the future.

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    May 2016

    May 16, 2016

    The City received no comments on the Section 4(f) de minimis finding for the impacts to Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Long Meadow Lake Unit.

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    April 2016

    April 15, 2016

    With the variety of construction occurring along Long Meadow Lake with the City and US Fish & Wildlife projects, the parking lot at Old Cedar Avenue will be closed effective April 15, 2016 to ensure the safety of all involved.

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    March 2016

    March 25, 2016

    Cleanup of the downed trees will occur the week of March 28.

    March 18, 2016

    The remaining trees that need to be removed along the road will be removed on Saturday, March 19.  In order to accomplish this safely, a segment of Old Cedar Avenue approximately 1900 feet south of Old Shakopee Road will be closed.  There will need to be at least five crane set ups of approximately two hours each in order to safely remove the large cottonwood trees.  The northern most setup will block the exit driveway from the Bloomington Garden Center and the single family residence on the west side.  The other four are further south and will impact access to the Old Cedar Avenue Fish & Wildlife parking lot.  Staff has notified the affected property owners and coordinated it to minimize the business.  US Fish & Wildlife has agreed to notify their users of the road closure and this information will be posted on the City website.

    March 11, 2016

    City Maintenance crews are finished with the tree removal that they can safely remove given their equipment.  The remaining trees that need to be removed will be done by an outside company as they have the proper equipment for the tree size or proximity to the power lines.

    March 03, 2016

    The Northern long-eared bat is a federally-listed threatened species that is found in Hennepin County.  During late spring and summer the bats roost and forage in upland forests. The road and trail project will require removal of trees within the project limits. In order to not adversely impact the Northern long-eared bat, all tree removal in wooded area (as opposed to yard trees which are usually considered an incidental take) must be removed prior to April 1.  City Maintenance crews will be removing trees within the City right-of-way and easements only as necessary along Old Cedar Avenue to ensure compliance with this regulation.

    September 2015

    September 25, 2015

    As part of the feasibility investigation for the trail and road improvements along Old Cedar Avenue geotechnical information will be gathered. Braun Intertec originally indicated that their rig and crew were out six weeks, but with a cancellation and the proximity to their office, they have moved the start up to Wednesday, September 30, weather dependent.

    September 23, 2015

    As part of the feasibility investigation for the trail and road improvements along Old Cedar Avenue north of the bridge, geotechnical information will be gathered. One of the boring locations will require removal of brush to provide access for the drill rig. City crews will be out brushing this location as time permits. Braun Intertec has indicated that their rig schedule is out six weeks, but it may occur sooner if there is a cancelation especially given the proximity of the site to their office.

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