Author: Jeff Strate

An Eden Prairie resident since 1994, Jeff Strate has served as an organizer for local open-space preservation initiatives and get-out-the-vote parks improvement referendums. Jeff has also served on the Eden Prairie Human Rights and Diversity Commission, conservation area planning task forces, the Southwest Light Rail Community Advisory Committee and the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Land Trust. Jeff studied journalism and mass communication at the University of Minnesota and professionally has been a television producer/journalist and occasional host or reporter in the Twin Cities, New York, Boston, and Trenton and has written for websites and magazines. He is currently a producer of award-winning community access programing through Southwest Community Television (SWTV).

Orange and white traffic barrels and “RAMP CLOSED” signs have been shoe-horned along the entire 14.5-mile alignment of the future Green Line Extension light rail trains. Here’s what to expect to and from our local cul-de-sac havens and work, dining, parks, business and shopping districts. EDEN PRAIRIE Prairie Center Drive. Expect southbound and northbound lane closures from Technology Drive to Singletree Lane through July. Crews will be advancing bridge work and laying tracks.. I-494 / Flying Cloud Drive Area. I-494 off-ramp to Flying Cloud Drive is closed through the construction season.. I-494 on-ramp from Flying Cloud Drive is open to…

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Interested in taking your TikTok video to the next level? Eden Prairie teens have an opportunity to learn how to record and edit videos on their remote devices – free – for TikTok and beyond, from a TV production pro in August. This summer, Bloomington Community Access Television (BCAT) and Southwest Community Television (SWTV) are partnering for the third time to help teenagers begin making polished looking and sounding videos … with their phones. Community access TV pro Ben Vinar will be directing the August Teen Video Boot Camp. Photo credit: BCAT. “The camp is going virtual this year. We…

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EDEN PRAIRIE Earthwork and the construction of retaining walls along the southern reach of the light rail tunnel under Highway 62 continues, according to a a Southwest Light Rail Transit (SWLRT) July 9 press release. The tunnel connects the City West Station in Eden Prairie to the approach to the Opus Station in Minnetonka. Prairie Center Drive, from Technology Drive to Singletree Lane: Ongoing bridge work will prompt Southbound and northbound lane closures through July. The I-494 (west) off-ramp to Flying Cloud Drive is closed for the 2021 construction season. The I-494 (east) on-ramp from Flying Cloud Drive is expected…

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An Interstate 494 improvement project that includes its Eden Prairie, Edina, Richfield and Bloomington corridor, has been awarded $60 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Interstate 494 looking east from East Bush Lake Road, Bloomington. Archive image by Jeff Strate. Initial fundings for the project were awarded by the Minnesota Department of Transportation beginning in 2018 for MnPASS lanes and the re-alignment of the I-35W and I-494 interchange. The project’s website notes that the work is designed to reduce traffic and improve safety along the 494 corridor. It will improve the I-35/I494 interchange and improve access approaches and ramps…

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Flying Cloud Drive between Valley View Road and West 70th Street will be closed Monday June 28th between 5:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. In a news alert issued on June 24, the Southwest Light Rail Project said that construction crews will be installing bridge beams over Flying Cloud Drive to complete the bridge over Nine Mile Creek. Detour signs will be posted along the affected roads in the Golden Triangle District. The SWLRT Project recommends that drivers consider the detours indicated on the map below. SWLRT Construction info and updates CLICK HERE FOR MORE SWLRT UPDATES IN MINNETONKA AND EDEN…

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Hatchbacks, pick-up trucks and SUV’s loaded with old furniture, construction materials, worn carpets, paneling, doors and dead weed wackers were attempting U turns on Staring Lake Parkway near the Oak Point School ball fields. It was 7:45 a.m., Saturday June 19, Eden Prairie’s Community Drop-Off Day. A few minutes later, the caterpillar began crawling northeast to Anderson Lakes Parkway, east to Columbine Road and south to the Hennepin Tech College Parking lots. Its tail momentarily lengthened with newly arriving cars ready to dump stuff and have stuff trucked to a landfill for free. To begin with, it seemed like the…

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The reopening of Hwy 212 between Hwy 62 and Shady Oak Rd has been pushed back to 3 p.m. on Friday, June 18, the second delay of the week, according to a Southwest Light Rail Project Thursday night announcement. Bridge beams were in place on Tuesday evening and ready for final alignments on Wednesday and Thursday. This photograph was taken west of the freeway looking southeast to Shady Oak Road. Image by Jeff Strate. The installation of giant, pre-manufactured bridge beams on concrete piers is a complex operation requiring heavy construction cranes and pinpoint accuracy. After the beams are set…

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The closure of westbound and eastbound lanes of Hwy 212 between Highway 62 and Shady Oak Road in Eden Prairie extends through to the morning of Thursday, June 17. The Southwest Light Rail Project issued a notice of the rescheduled work at 5:48 p.m. on Friday June 11, 2021. Construction crews are placing bridge beams on installed piers over Hwy 212 that will join the new bridge over Shady Oak Road in the Golden Triangle. The long span will carry light rail trains. Ramps The notice did not provide the new anticipated closing and reopening times for the eastbound Highway…

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