Updated: 04/07/2014 7:47 AM
Created: 04/04/2014 12:02 PM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart
Motorists who travel France Avenue in the Southdale area between Highway 62 and Interstate 494 in Edina will experience lane blocks and construction starting Monday, city officials say.
The $4.09 million construction project will improve intersections at 66th, 70th, and 77th streets for pedestrians and bicyclists and will also install missing sidewalk connections to the east side of France Avenue, officials say.
The full project will start in late April. At times during construction, France Avenue will be reduced to two lanes, which is expected to cause delays, the city said. Free-flow right turn lanes will also be removed while crews work on the project.
Construction on the intersections will be done in three phases, starting in the area between Gallagher Drive and 69th Street. This will be followed by the area between 66th and 69th streets and then it will finish with the area between Gallagher Drive and 76th Street.
In addition to the sidewalks and intersections, other new features will include ADA-compliant accommodations, along with pedestrian-level lighting and planters, and median refuge islands so pedestrians can take their time safely crossing the street.
Also in Edina, the Xerxes Avenue Bridge over the Crosstown shuts down at 9 a.m. and won’t reopen until mid-July. Crews will demolish and replace the bridge deck and restore the entrance and exit ramps.
Because of the demolition, the Minnesota Department of Transportation will completely close the Crosstown between Highway 100 and Interstate 35W for two weekends later this month.