Construction Project Planned for Hennepin Avenue

April 12, 2018 05:53 PM

The Minneapolis Public Works Department has decided Hennepin Avenue from West Lake Street to Douglas Avenue is in need of a facelift.

That will come through the city's Capital Improvement Program in 2023. But right now, the project is in the planning stages.


The reconstruction provides an opportunity to redesign Hennepin Avenue to meet the street's current and future needs.

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Traffic is an issue.

There are a lot of buses, the roads for driving and biking are narrow and the sidewalks for walking are rough.

At its peak, Hennepin Avenue serves over 3,000 people walking, 280 people biking, 400 buses and between 15,000 to over 31,000 people driving per day.

The city plans to hold a number of open houses, like they did recently at Jefferson Community School.

Rebecca Hughes works with the public works department and is the point person on the project.

"We'll be diving (into) the design-related decision process later that will include full removal of the actual street pavement, curb, gutter, specific street enhancements, new trees and potentially new sidewalks as well on the entire corridor," Hughes said.

The entire project is estimated to cost $23 million. And $7 million would hopefully come from federal funding.

Traffic is huge concern. And Hughes said they haven't figured out yet how traffic will be re-routed when the project is underway.

"It's to soon to tell what the construction-staging plan will be," she said. "That will (come) much closer to when we actually begin construction."

Some people have an idea.

"It's going to be a pretty big shake up I think," said Michael Vogt, who drives the stretch of road a few times a week. "It's going to be a lot of traffic. It's going to push a lot more up Lyndale for sure."

The application for federal funding must be in by July. And Hughes said they should get an answer in winter of 2019.

The project is scheduled to go something like this:

  • Winter/spring 2018 - Technical evaluation and public engagement
  • 2019-2021 - Detailed street design and engineering
  • 2023 - Anticipated project construction



Todd Wilson

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