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!  

Additional 2020 projects include upgrades to public address systems within the Bloomington visitor center, and plans to install digital displays at Rapids Lake and Bloomington to assist guests during their visit.

Habitat Restoration at Rapids Lake Unit

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Minnesota DNR, and Minnesota Valley Lands are partnering to restore wildlife habitat on the Rapids Lake property south of Carver, Minnesota.  Work includes restoration of prairie wildflower and oak savanna habitats, and will involve herbicide applications, native plant seeding, and occasional mowing. Click here for detailed information.

Long Meadow Lake Trail: Bloomington visitor center to Lyndale Landing

Expect occasional vehicle and equipment traffic along the Long Meadow Lake trail.  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, managed trails, and off-trail travel is prohibited.  Visit our maps page for downloadable trail maps identifying trails and trail heads.

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 was completed as of November 2019, and additional projects continued 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 are ongoing throughout 2020.

For more updates on the full project, visit the City of Bloomington website


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.  Construction will continue through 2020 and 2021.

For more information, visit the DNR webpage for the Minnesota Valley State Trail project at

Additional information can be found at the City of Bloomington website

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.

Interstate 35W Minnesota River Crossing

The Black Dog Trail between Cliff Rd. and Black Dog Rd. is temporarily closed to pedestrians and bicyclists while crews clean up and repave the trail. If you bicycle through this area on your morning commute, please use alternate routes beginning Wednesday morning. Minnesota Department of Transportation (MN DOT) anticipates this closure will last through the end of September. Visit the MN DOT website for more information about the bridge project, and Dakota County for trail information.