Mpls. Group Wants Light Rail Taken Underground

Updated: 07/03/2013 7:46 AM By: Jay Kolls

The Southwest Corridor Light Rail will run right between Cedar Lake and Lake of Isles in Minneapolis.

It will wind through St. Louis Park, Hopkins and end in Eden Prairie. But, there is a mile-and-a-half stretch along Cedar Lake that has one group urging the Metropolitan Council to run LRT underground. That stretch is the Kenilworth Bike Trail, which passes popular Hidden Beach.

The Kenilworth Preservation Group thinks the LRT will ruin the natural setting of the bike trail and possibly force part of the trail to be re-routed.

Group spokesman, Stuart Chatzin, says a compromise would take that portion of the LRT and run it underground to preserve the natural beauty and keep the bike trail as it is right now. Chatzin says KPG does not oppose light rail, but would like to see its compromise solution to be seriously considered.

The Metropolitan Council did not have anyone available for an on-camera interview, but did issue a statement that says, in part, "no final decision has been made on several options for the Southwest Corridor along Kenilworth and only one option would require re-routing a portion of the Kenilworth Bike Trail."

There are public hearings July 17 in Minneapolis and July 18 in St. Louis Park.

A final decision will not happen until later this summer.