Calhoun road reconstruction begins

A major Southwest bottleneck will erupt in early August when city crews begin reconstructing Richfield Road at Lake Calhoun's southeast corner.

The road -- sometimes called East Calhoun Parkway -- has no convenient detour. It connects Sheridan Avenue, William Berry Parkway and West 36th Street. Road construction is being staggered to minimize traffic disruptions.

In Phase One, crews will reconstruct the section from West 36th to William Berry Parkway by the lake's southeast shore. The road will be closed during construction, expected to last through September.

Drivers face a major detour to France Avenue and Excelsior Boulevard, then from Lake Street to the Lake Calhoun's east side.

When Phase One is complete, crews will rebuild William Berry Parkway to Sheridan Avenue South on Calhoun's south side. This stretch of road will be open to local traffic during construction. This phase should be done by December.

For bus passengers, Metro Transit has rerouted bus route 23 into the East Calhoun neighborhood. The bus previously ran from the Uptown transit station south on Hennepin Avenue, turning east on Lake Street, south on Bryant Avenue and east on 38th Street into Southeast Minneapolis.

The rerouted line bypasses Lake Street, going south on Hennepin to 36th to Bryant, where it resumes its previous route.

Lake Calhoun bike and walking paths will stay open during construction.

For more information, see www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/publicworks/cip/richfield/ and for bus information, visit www.metrotransit.org.