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Nearly 50 Miles of Rough Mpls. Streets to Get New Surfaces

Updated: 06/11/2014 6:24 PM
Created: 06/11/2014 5:08 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart

Miles of rough streets in Minneapolis will be a lot smoother after this summer.    

The city plans to resurface, rebuild or seal coat nearly 50 miles of streets and bike paths.

“Running the city well includes making it possible for everyone to get around, whether they’re on four wheels, two wheels or on foot,” said Mayor Betsy Hodges. “This spring, our street construction crews were busy patching the damage from this past winter. Now they’re doing the major repaving and resurfacing work. These are part of the basic services resident should expect to receive – the smoother streets will require less ongoing maintenance and make traveling in Minneapolis better.”

“Keeping on top of street maintenance not only makes driving better, it also makes economic sense,” said Council Member Kevin Reich, who chairs the Transportation and Public Works Committee. “Work like seal coating and resurfacing lets us get more years of life out of a driving surface, and the ability to cover a lot of miles. Plus, streets that end the year in better shape are less likely to need pothole repairs next season.”  

2014 street projects

  • Penn Avenue South – In phase 2 of the project, Penn Avenue from 50th Street West to 54th Street West will be reconstructed. By this fall, there will be a new and better roadway from the Crosstown to just a couple blocks south of Lake Harriet. To help affected residents learn the latest developments on the work, the City created a Facebook profile for the project.
  • Cedar-Riverside – Streets on the western end of recently reconstructed Riverside Avenue will be completely replaced. They include 15th Avenue S, 16th Avenue S and 4th Street South.
  • 4th Street S ramp and auxiliary lane– In partnership with the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Hennepin County, a new onramp from downtown Minneapolis to northbound Interstate 35W is being created at 4th Street S. This will alleviate traffic backups on Washington Avenue, which is currently the only downtown point of access to northbound I-35W.
  • High-volume street resurfacing – A total of 30.2 miles of streets will be resurfaced throughout the city, including five high-volume streets. This work involves milling off the top layer of asphalt and replacing it with a new, smoother driving surface.
    • 4th Avenue South
    • 51st Avenue North
    • 58th Street E/Crosstown frontage road
    • Loring Park/North Loop
    • Pleasant Street SE  
  • Neighborhood street resurfacing – In addition to the high-volume street resurfacings, the following residential areas will also be repaved:
    • 5th Avenue N, 5th Street N, 8th Avenue N
    • 40th Street E-W
    • Burroughs North/Dupont Ave S
    • Edgewater/Cedar Ave
    • Hay Northwest
    • Lowry Hill East
    • Lyn Park
  • Seal coating – Streets that are in fairly good shape can be seal coated to prolong the life of the driving surface. City crews plan to sealcoat around 19 miles of roadway in Minneapolis.
  • Parkways – Public Works and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board collaborate regarding pavement management, and maintenance and construction of the Parkway system.  Approximately 3.13 miles of parkways will be resurfaced by City crews in 2014, and another 5.5 miles will be seal coated.
  • Bicycle improvements – A total of 10 miles of bikeways will be created in Minneapolis this construction season, including on-street and off-street facilities and some Hennepin County and Park Board improvements. Also this season, crews will complete the last leg of the Dinkytown Greenway, which will connect the U of M Transitway with downtown Minneapolis. Bicyclists from Saint Paul, Falcon Heights and the northeast metro will be able pedal all the way into the heart of our city without encountering motor vehicle traffic for most of the way.
  • Pedestrian improvements – Nearly every city street has a sidewalk along both sides. The City is making improvements to these walkways to make them work better for everyone.
    • General sidewalk repair – Sidewalks panels will be replaced when needed in several sections of town.
    • Cedar Avenue sidewalk - From 3rd Street S to 7th Street S, crews will be expanding the sidewalk space on the west side of the street, making it a friendlier place to walk. The work will involve better lighting, landscaping and the addition of on-street parking.
    • Sidewalk ramps – Several sidewalk ramps at intersections throughout the city will be improved to meet current Americans With Disabilities Act standards.

Many of these projects will require road closures, lane restrictions and detours. The best way drivers can find out about these traffic changes is by subscribing to the city’s traffic alerts online here. The city will also notify the local media about any major traffic impacts so they can share them with the public.

Get more information about Minneapolis’ 2014 construction projects here.

Photo: KSTP/File

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