Construction and Maintenance Projects

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"Old Cedar Avenue Bridge" by Mike Richards


Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge projects: 

Bloomington Education and Visitor Center

Installation of a new bottle filling stations has been completed as of March 7, 2020, and can be found near the restrooms and classrooms. Our new stations have already saved over 6000 plastic water bottles from being used!

Long Meadow Lake Trail: Bloomington visitor center to Lyndale Landing

Expect occasional vehicle and equipment traffic along the Long Meadow Lake trail throughout the winter.  Work and traffic on Long Meadow Lake trail includes sections from the Bloomington Refuge visitor center to Old Cedar Avenue, and Old Cedar Avenue to Lyndale Landing.  Bluff Trail will only see impacts on the far west side nearest Lyndale Landing.

Due to rutted conditions of the trail surface, hikers, cross-country skiers, and cyclists may use the immediate shoulder space of the trail only.  As a reminder, cycling is only allowed within existing trail corridors, and off-trail travel is prohibited.  Visit our maps page for downloadable trail maps.

Old Cedar Avenue 

This project is a collaboration with the City of Bloomington, and includes improvements to parking, signing, and addition of a City-owned restroom and shelter facility at the trail head.  Major construction is complete as of November 2019, and additional projects will restart with the City's contractors in Spring 2020.  

The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge site improvements include a nature play area, natural prairie plantings, and trail and signing updates.  These Refuge projects will resume in Spring 2020.

For more updates on the full project, visit the City of Bloomington websitehttps://www.bloomingtonmn.gov/eng/old-cedar-avenue-area-project

 

State of Minnesota projects: 

Minnesota Valley State Trail: Lyndale Landing to Old Cedar Avenue

Construction of "Phase 1A" is underway from Lyndale Landing as of Fall 2019.  Access to Long Meadow Lake Trail (river bottoms trail) is open, but expect occasional construction traffic.

For more information, visit the DNR webpage for the Minnesota Valley State Trail project at https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_trails/minnesota_valley/plans.html

Additional information can be found at the City of Bloomington websitehttps://www.bloomingtonmn.gov/plan/minnesota-river-valley-state-trail

Highway 5, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport 

Motorists should plan ahead for closures and detours along Minnesota Highway 5 to the east of MSP Airport.  Plan your visit to our Bloomington headquarters and visitor center by taking Minnesota Highway 77 to I-494 eastbound, and exit on 34th Avenue.  Visit the Minnesota Department of Transportation's Highway 5 information website for more information.