Skip to main content

On-Ramps to the Regional Trail System Project

What is the scope of the project?

The second phase of the Nokomis-Minnesota River Regional Trail (formerly called Intercity Regional Trail) in Bloomington is underway.  The project name is “On-Ramps to the Regional Trail System” as it is part of a large project and is one of six trail segments or connections being designed and constructed by Three Rivers Park District. 

This second phase of the trail in Bloomington is planned for design in 2016 and construction in 2017.  This trail segment will be constructed along the west side of Old Cedar Avenue between E 86th Street and Old Shakopee Road.  This trail segment will link the newly completed Nokomis-Minnesota River Regional Trail and the proposed City Trail segment south of Old Shakopee Road that will connect to the Old Cedar Avenue Bridge over Long Meadow Lake

How is the project funded?

Three Rivers Park District has secured federal funding for 80% of the construction costs of this trail segment.  The City of Bloomington, as a partner in the project and future owner of the trail segment, will provide a 20% match using local funds.

What is the project schedule?

The project will be surveyed and designed in 2016.  Three Rivers Park District anticipates construction to begin in the Spring of 2017.

Updates

September 2017

September 1, 2017

Old Cedar Avenue Trail (from E. Old Shakopee Road to E. 86th Street)
Restoration of the boulevard area was completed early the week of August 28, and will be followed by pavement marking of trail messages and striping to be completed after the Labor Day holiday.

August 2017

August 25, 2017

Old Cedar Avenue Trail (from E. Old Shakopee Road to E. 86th Street)
Installation of sod for boulevard restoration began late this week and is expected to be completed early the week of August 28. Traffic signs were installed late this week as well, and will be followed by trail pavement marking, scheduled for the week of September 4.

August 18, 2017

Old Cedar Avenue Trail (from E. Old Shakopee Road to E. 86th Street)
Installation of traffic signs along the trail began earlier this week and will resume the week of August 21. Delays due to weather and commitments in other areas of the project have postponed sod restoration to late in the week of August 21.

August 11, 2017

Old Cedar Avenue Trail (from E. Old Shakopee Road to E. 86th Street)
Installation of the a wayfinding sign on the northwest quadrant of the Old Cedar Avenue and W. Old Shakopee Road intersection was completed this week and will be followed by the installation of the directional sign blades. Irrigation lines within the disturbed boulevard were repaired ahead of sod restoration scheduled to begin the week of August 21st.

August 4, 2017

Old Cedar Avenue Trail (from E. Old Shakopee Road to E. 86th Street)
Additional concrete work for a proposed way finding sign was completed, in addition to top soil grading for boulevard restoration. Hydrants that had been relocated as part of the project have been pressure and bacteria tested and placed back into service. Installation of push button hardware is scheduled for the week of August 7th at the intersections for Old Shakopee Road, E. 90th Street and E. 86th Street.

July 2017

July 28, 2017

Old Cedar Avenue Trail (from E. Old Shakopee Road to E. 86th Street)
Paving of asphalt driveways, road patches and the trail were completed this week and will be followed by boulevard restoration, scheduled for next week.

July 21, 2017

Old Cedar Avenue Trail (from E. Old Shakopee Road to E. 86th Street)
Concrete work was substantially completed this week with minimal concrete work remaining for sidewalk connections. Additionally, traffic signal revision work was completed at the intersection of E. 90th Street and Old Cedar Avenue. Fine grading of the rock aggregate base will be completed early next week ahead of the anticipated paving date of July 27th and will be followed by boulevard grading.

July 14, 2017

Old Cedar Avenue Trail (from E. Old Shakopee Road to E. 86th Street)
Removal of existing pavement sections was completed this week as were several hydrant relocations. Testing of hydrants will take place early next week in addition to the completion of the excavation and rock aggregate base work. Installation of concrete items began this week and will continue into next week along with some electrical work.

July 7, 2017

Old Cedar Avenue Trail (from E. Old Shakopee Road to E. 86th Street)
Removals and excavation began late last week and continued into this week. Additionally, rock aggregate base has also been placed in areas following the excavation.  Removals, excavation and aggregate base work will continue next week in addition to hydrant relocations scheduled early next week.  A water main shut down between the E. 89th Street and the 8800 block of Old Cedar Avenue will occur early Monday morning until Monday afternoon; the contractor will be providing notifications to the affected properties.  Additional hydrant work will occur the next day, Tuesday July 11th, without the need for a water main shutdown.

June 2017

June 30, 2017

Old Cedar Avenue Trail (from E. Old Shakopee Road to E. 86th Street)
Traffic control equipment was delivered to the site prior to beginning the removal of existing concrete sidewalk and driveways. Erosion control measures were installed throughout the project site as well. Removals are expected to continue into next week after the holiday, as will the stripping of topsoil in the boulevard areas.

June 23, 2017

Old Cedar Avenue Trail (from E. Old Shakopee Road to E. 86th Street)
Xcel Energy has completed utility pole anchor relocations in the area ahead of the expected trail construction, however delays in other cities continue to impact the construction timeline in Bloomington. The contractor is tentatively scheduled to begin work in Bloomington by mid-week if the delays are not resolved. Work would include installation of traffic control and sediment control as well as removals and topsoil stripping.

June 16, 2017

Old Cedar Avenue Trail (from Old Shakopee Road to E. 86th Street)
Due to delays in other areas of the metro, the contractor has postponed work beginning on the Bloomington portion of the project. Currently, the contractor is scheduled to be in Bloomington for removals beginning June 21 and will follow that work with excavation and rock aggregate base placement.

June 9, 2017

Old Cedar Avenue Trail (from Old Shakopee Road to E. 86th Street)
Xcel Energy completed the relocation of several utility pole anchors early this week. Removal of existing concrete sidewalk is scheduled to begin Wednesday, June 14, removals are expected to last three days. Stripping of boulevard top soil is also scheduled for Wednesday, June 14 and will be done in conjunction with the removals.

June 2, 2017

Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin late next week following utility pole and anchor relocations scheduled to be completed by Xcel Energy early in the week.

May 2017

May 19, 2017

The Bloomington portion of the regional project has been tentatively scheduled to begin shortly after the Memorial Day holiday.

May 12, 2017

Due to commitments in other areas of the metro, construction on Old Cedar Avenue for the regional trail has been postponed until the week of May 22nd.

May 5, 2017

Construction work on Old Cedar Avenue is scheduled to begin early the week of May 8th and will begin with initial traffic control and removals.

Three Rivers Park District will also be maintaining a project website at this link

Project Open House

The PDF iconopen house information letter.pdf  will be mailed to all adjacent properties along the proposed trail, but all residents are invited to attend to learn about and discuss the Bloomington trail segment.

On-Ramps to the Regional Trail System: Bloomington Trail Segment Open House

Thursday, May 12, 2016
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Bloomington Public Works Building
1700 W 98th Street
Bloomington, MN 55431
(Park in the west lot and use the west entrance)