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Construction Overview Fact Sheet (Sept. 2022) - PDF
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Gold Line Construction

METRO Gold Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) construction begins fall 2022 and will continue through 2024 with service beginning in 2025. Activities that will occur during BRT construction includes:

  • Constructing bus-only lanes and repaving and restriping existing lanes
  • Constructing stations and Park & Ride facilities
  • Constructing new bridges and an underpass
  • Adding trails to connect people to stations and the existing trail network
  • Upgrading or adding traffic signals and signs at intersections
  • Upgrading utilities, adding lighting, and landscaping

Weekly Construction Updates

Construction Update – Dec 2, 2022

Construction Events

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What to expect in 2022

  • Site preparation including tree removal and grading will occur near:
    • Bielenberg Dr. in Woodbury
    • I-94 and I-494/I-694 in Woodbury and Oakdale
    • Etna St. Station site in St. Paul
  • Utility relocation and installation will occur throughout the corridor
  • Bridge and wall construction will begin near:
    • Helmo Ave. and Bielenberg Dr., north and south of I-94 in Oakdale and Woodbury
    • Etna St. Station area near the I-94 and Hwy. 61 interchange

Phases of BRT construction

  1. Site preparation: remove trees, debris, buildings, and prepare site for construction.
  2. Utility relocation: relocate and install new public (water, sewer, etc.) and private (electric, gas, communications) utilities.
  3. Infrastructure improvements: construct bridges, sidewalks, walls, and road along the BRT route including new dedicated BRT lanes on the north side of I-94 from St. Paul to Woodbury.
  4. Station construction: construct station platforms, shelters, and Park & Ride areas.
  5. Station area and final cleanup: install station communication equipment, landscaping, amenities, and final site cleanup.
  6. Operations testing: test buses and station equipment.
  7. BRT line opens: begin passenger service.

What to expect during construction

Metro Transit is committed to minimizing the inconveniences associated with construction and providing notification of upcoming work and impacts.

  • Weekly email updates are sent out to highlight upcoming work and provide any potential impacts to people who live, work, and travel through the construction area.
  • Project staff are available to respond to questions, comments and concerns through the construction phone line and email.

Construction work hours

  • Typical working hours for construction crews are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
  • Some Sunday and overnight work may occur.

Road closures, lane restrictions and detours

  • Advance signage of road closures will be placed at minimum seven days before a closure.
  • Detour routes will be identified, and detour signs installed during any closure.
  • Advance notice of road closures will be provided to nearby property owners. Access to properties will be available at all times; however, alternate access points and detours may be used.

Sidewalk and trail closures and detours

  • People who walk, bike, and roll will be provided a detour route during any sidewalk and trail closure.
  • Advance notice of sidewalk closures will be provided to nearby property owners. Access to properties will be available at all times; however, alternate access points and detours may be used.

Deliveries

  • Access to properties for deliveries will be available and visible as part of the effort to maintain access to properties during construction.

Bus service

  • Existing bus routes may be detoured, and stops may be closed and/or relocated. Check https://www.metrotransit.org/rider-alerts for up-to-date information and sign up to receive rider alerts for your bus routes.

Construction vehicle traffic

  • There will be an increase of construction vehicles in the area including trucks hauling materials in and out of the area.
  • Project staff are coordinating haul routes with local cities and counties to minimize impacts to people who live and drive in the area.

Noise and vibrations

  • Construction activities can create noise and vibration levels that are higher than typical non- construction times.
  • Crews and equipment are on site monitoring the noise and vibrations generated from activities to ensure that it does not exceed acceptable levels.

Dust

  • Construction activities like excavation, material placement, concrete work, and pavement grinding can create dust.
  • The contractor will take steps to control dust including using water trucks to minimize dust and dirt blowing from the construction site.

Site appearance

  • Construction sites will be kept clean through regular construction waste removal and street sweeping.

Site safety and security

  • Construction sites involve the movement of heavy equipment and activities. The contractor will maintain a secure construction site. Do not enter construction sites.

Property damage

  • The contractor is committed to avoiding damage to surrounding properties. If you think damage to your property has occurred due to construction activities, please email or call project staff as soon as possible.

Construction contracting opportunities and events

Civil contract advertisement for bids and pre-bid meeting

For current solicitation information, please visit:

Metropolitan Council Contracting Opportunities

Past Events

DBE and Prime Contractor Meet and Greet Event

April 6, 2022
10 a.m. - noon
Washington County Historic Courthouse
101 Pine St. W.
Stillwater, MN 55082

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The Metropolitan Council’s Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity works to promote inclusion and vendor diversity with federal transportation projects. Prime contracting teams will be on hand to conduct brief interviews with prospective Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) subcontractors and suppliers during the meet and greet. This is your networking opportunity to learn about potential partnering opportunities.