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Franklin Avenue corridor in Minneapolis could see a much-needed makeover

Updated: November 19, 2019 06:22 PM

Along the Franklin Avenue corridor, buses, cars, bikes and pedestrians are constantly performing a complicated ballet.

According to a 10-year crash study done by the City of Minneapolis, Franklin Avenue S. at Nicollet Avenue has one of the highest pedestrian crash rates in the city. Other high-crash intersections include Lake Street at Lyndale Avenue S. and Broadway Avenue at Lyndale Avenue N.

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One possible solution along Franklin Avenue is converting the road from four lanes down to three, so there would be two travel lanes and a center turn lane.

Jordan Kocak, with Hennepin County, said it could reduce accidents by up to 50 percent.

"We see less weaving in and out of traffic. We see fewer rear-end collisions and sideswipes," he said.

They are also surveying those who live and work in the area on ways to improve safety. There is a public open house on Thursday, Nov. 21 from 4-7 p.m. at the Plymouth Congregational Church at 1900 Nicollet Avenue.

You can also leave comments here if you are unable to attend.

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