CenterPoint Energy is about to begin an upgrade of natural gas pipeline under Minnehaha Avenue and 26th Avenue from 32nd Street north to 22nd Street. Construction is expected to start the week of May 23rd and take three months. The work is being coordinated with the County’s reconstruction of Minnehaha Avenue. Click the CenterPoint project website for more information.
The new street furniture should be showing up along the southern portion of Minnehaha Avenue within the next month or so. Expect to see almost 50 new bike racks, 11 benches, and 35 planters in front of businesses in the area before summer. Litter receptacles, recycling bins, and bike repair stations will be coming later in the year.
Update April 7, 2016: Metro Transit has posted a revised detour for the Route 7. Northbound buses will travel regular route on Minnehaha Ave to 38th St, left on 38th St, right on Hiawatha Ave, right on 33rd St, left on Snelling Ave, right on 32nd St, left on Minnehaha Ave and resume regular route. Southbound buses will travel regular route on Minnehaha Ave to 32nd St, right on 32nd St, left on Hiawatha Ave, left on 38th St, right on Minnehaha Ave and resume regular route. Buses will not make stops on Hiawatha Ave.
March 31, 2016: Year 2 of Minnehaha Avenue’s reconstruction will begin April 4. Construction will start with the area between 34th and 38th streets (stage 3). Stage 4 construction between 34th and Lake streets is expected to start in July.
- Traffic detours around the construction area use Lake Street, Hiawatha Avenue and 42nd Street.
- Work will begin at 34th Street and progress to the south.
- One lane of traffic will be available for local access (though it may be a gravel surface instead of paved surface).
- All intersections in this area, with the exception of 34th Street, will be closed for approximately 10 days for reconstruction work during this stage.
- Adjacent intersections will not be closed at the same time.
- Date: April 6 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
- Location: Longfellow Recreation Center
- Address: 3435 36th Avenue South, Minneapolis
- Northbound buses will detour to Hiawatha Avenue at 40th Street and rejoin Minnehaha at 32nd Street. There will be no northbound bus stops between 40th and 32nd streets.
- Southbound buses will relocate to Hiawatha Avenue at 32nd Street and rejoin Minnehaha at 42nd Street. There will be no southbound stops located between 32nd and 42nd streets.
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has completed “preferred park concepts” for parks in the south service area. These concepts are available for review on the MPRB web site:
East sector: Brackett, Hiawatha School, Longfellow, Matthews, Adams Triangle, Normanna Triangle, and Seven Oaks Oval
Central sector: Central, Corcoran, Phelps, Powderhorn, Sibley
Adams Triangle has been identified in the Minnehaha-Hiawatha Community Works investment framework as a unique opportunity to create a public space and community amenity along Minnehaha Avenue. The MPRB with community support have developed a park concept that integrates sustainability, community orchards, stormwater management, and public space improvements.
The second year of Minnehaha Avenue’s reconstruction is scheduled to begin in about two months (depending on weather). The road will be closed to through traffic and reconstructed in two main stages:
April to August: 38th to 34th Street
August to November: 34th to Lake Street
Local traffic: Local traffic will be able to use fully paved streets and walkways on all areas except the four blocks under construction. Access to businesses and residences will remain available in the four block segment under construction, though surfaces may not be paved or smooth at all times.
Crossing Minnehaha Avenue: Travelers will be able to cross Minnehaha Avenue at intersections not closed for reconstruction during construction. With the exception of Lake Street, intersections will be fully closed for approximately ten days to allow for construction in and/or around the intersection. Travelers may cross at other locations during these intersection closures.
Ongoing efforts to increase tree canopy, provide shade, improve aesthetics and comfort, and reduce the heat island effect along Hiawatha Ave continued with the recent planting of 130 trees from the county’s gravel-bed nursery. The trees were planted on the west side of the road between 32nd and 46th streets by Sentencing to Service crews and staff from Hennepin County, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and the nonprofit Tree Trust.
Although the trees from the gravel-bed nursery may look small, the robust root structure they developed in the gravel bed throughout the summer increases their chances of thriving in their transplanted location. The new trees include Kentucky Coffeetree, American Elm, Frontyard Linden, and Amur Maackia and will add to the diversity of species already in the corridor.
This new installation adds to the 350 trees planted in the corridor in spring 2014, as part of a partnership between Hennepin County and the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The county continues to look at opportunities to green this corridor in coming years.