Intersection of Louisiana Avenue and Hwy. 7 to be rebuilt in St. Louis Park

  • Article by: don Jacobson , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 23, 2013 - 4:52 PM

The busy intersection of Louisiana Avenue and Hwy. 7 will become an interchange with on- and off-ramps. The city hopes it will spur development.

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ctifferMay. 24, 13 4:17 AM

The part I don't understand is why does it take three years to build an intersection. Once the that intersection is complete, the highway 7 bridge over hwy 100 is coming down to be rebuilt. That is supposed to take a couple of years as well. All told, the residents of the area will have to put up with the main thoroughfare in the area under construction for 7 of nine years ( the Wooddale intersection rebuild took two years and was recently completed) ......

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jimmywestoneMay. 24, 13 6:35 AM

ctiffer.... would you rather that they didn't rebuild anything? They can't rebuild the whole thing at the same time. That would cut off too much access for people. Be thankful that light rail is going in too soon enough.

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flipper24May. 24, 1310:14 AM

so they eliminate an intersection, but wont that just create more congestion at the next set of lights heading East and West?

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fatredneckMay. 24, 1310:58 AM

meanwhile the intersections near Knowlwood Mall will be even more of a nightmare. And whose grand idea was it to turn Hwy 7 into a Superhighway? Oh right...people who moved out of the Twin Cities so they could afford a gigantic new Lennar house to show off that no one visits because they are too far out.

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joe_mnMay. 24, 13 3:11 PM

soon there will be no at grade intersections. every intersection will have a bridge/overpass. and think of all the fancy handicap accessible ramps and elevators we will need.

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patrick57May. 24, 13 3:29 PM

The city-owned surface parking lot in the southwest quadrant of the intersection would be an ideal place for a park-and-ride facility for the Southwest LRT. Very accessible from both Highway 100 and Highway 7 when this interchange is completed. And a far-better site than the proposed park-and-ride nearly two miles further in near Lake Street and Excelsior Boulevard in Minneapolis, an area that is already extremely congested with traffic during both rush hours. And why have a park-and-ride so close to downtown itself, inside the very city LRT riders are commuting into? A few miles outside the city limits in a much more accessible location makes far more sense.

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