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2 popular trails close to runners, walkers, bicyclists as SWLRT construction begins Monday

May 13, 2019 05:28 AM

More than 660,000 trips are taken every year on the Kenilworth Trail in Minneapolis.

Even more are taken on the Cedar Lake Trail running through St. Louis Park and Hopkins.

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However, starting Monday morning, parts of both popular trails will be off-limits to runners, bicyclists and pedestrians for the next two to three years. 

That's because construction crews will take over and begin the complicated process of building the Southwest Light Rail from Eden Prairie to Minneapolis. 

The 14.5-mile project is expected to cost roughly $2 billion.

Related: Train facility in Big Lake begins work on $4 million project

The closure has been dreaded by folks who use the trails for fun or exercise and others who rely on to get to work.  For many, it's a straight shot to downtown Minneapolis.   

The Metropolitan Council is urging folks accustomed to using the trails to find alternate routes.

Every Friday, the council will share updates via email and text, go to swlrt.org to subscribe.

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