Latest on Hiawatha projects

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By robb, August 29, 2014 6:42 am

Both the Hiawatha intersection improvement project and the landscape restoration project are essentially complete.  All 350 trees have been installed in the corridor. Construction on the intersections — including the bump-outs, medians, and crosswalks — has been completed.  The bike lanes and symbols along 32nd have been installed.

Remaining items include:

  • The City of Minneapolis will be installing the pedestrian push buttons at 42nd and 46th streets by the end of September.  The southside crosswalk of 46th Street will remain closed until the push buttons and walk signals can be installed.
  • Our project landscapers will continue to water and maintain the trees along Hiawatha until the summer of 2016.  Trees are covered by a 2-year warranty.  Any trees that did not survive the initial transplant are planned for replacement in September 2014.

46th Street TOD plan available

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By robb, July 31, 2014 12:34 pm

The City of Minneapolis has posted the 46th Street Transit Oriented Development Strategy on its website. The Plan takes a comprehensive look at opportunities in the area, and it recommends short and long-term public and private actions to help realize the vision and policies in the area’s Master Plan.

The link above includes the full plan as well as a summary brochure.

Asthma impacts on our communities

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By robb, July 15, 2014 3:07 pm

Minnesota Public Radio has done a compelling story on the extent and impacts of asthma in our communities.  The story highlights the prevalence of asthma in urban neighborhoods and on communities already experiencing the impacts of health disparities.

This story reinforces our findings from the Hiawatha CARE project - where people repeatedly shared their concerns about asthma, its triggers, and its impacts on the health of their children.  These concerns led to the development of strategies to address indoor air quality, second hand smoke, and vehicle emissions in our CARE Community Action Plan.

Check the article for more information about the impacts of asthma including maps from our CARE Project partners at the Minnesota Department of Health.

“Picnic” at Adams Triangle

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By robb, July 7, 2014 1:02 pm

The Longfellow Community Council is hosting a community “picnic” to re-imagine the area’s underused green spaces.  The Longfellow Picnic Park will be happening at Adams Triangle on Sunday, July 20th from 11 am to 2 pm.

Bring a picnic and invite your friends.  Share ideas on what would make the Triangle a great community space.  There will be food, activities, and a raffle with prizes from local businesses. Check this link or the flyer below for more information.

Adams Triangle is one of several green spaces within the Minnehaha-Hiawatha corridor identified in the Strategic Investment Framework as an opportunity to create civic or community spaces in the area.

Longfellow Picnic Park

Hiawatha projects update

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By robb, June 11, 2014 10:29 am

Update 06.13:  Expect Hiawatha to be reduced to one lane Tuesday and Wednesday next week for median tree planting.

Project work along Hiawatha Avenue will be continuing for the next few weeks and should be completed by Independence Day.

Hiawatha Intersection Improvements: A few final areas of concrete need to be poured.  APS signals still need to be installed at the intersections.  Striping of the crosswalks and bike lanes along 32nd Street will start next week.

Hiawatha Avenue Landscaping: Around 165 trees and stumps have been removed from the corridor.  Tree planting will begin later this week in the boulevards.  Median tree planting is planned for next week and will require Hiawatha Ave to be reduced to one lane of traffic [lane closures are limited to off-peak hours].

Thanks for your patience as we work toward a more pedestrian, bike, transit, and vehicle-friendly Hiawatha Avenue.

Hiawatha Ave Construction Image

Hiawatha landscape restoration begins

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By robb, June 4, 2014 7:18 am

Construction is beginning on a project to improve the landscaping along Hiawatha Avenue.  Starting this week, our contractors will begin removing approximately 165 trees along Hiawatha Avenue from 32nd to 46th streets.  Expect some temporary lane closures as the contractors work in the medians on removals and restoration.

The removed trees will be chipped and dropped off at the Park Board’s neighborhood wood chip site at 29th Street East and 18th Ave South.

Replacing these trees will be 350 trees in the boulevards, median, and in the area between the LRT line and bike/ped trail.  These trees will include 16 different species proven to withstand harsh urban environments:

Scarlet Jewel Maple Autumn Blaze Maple
Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry Common Hackberry
Eastern Redbud Thornless Cockspur Hawthorn
Princeton Sentry Ginkgo Espresso Kentucky Coffeetree
Amur Maackia Pink Spire Crab
Prairifire Crab Apple Red Jewell Crab Apple
Spring Snow Crab Apple Urban Pinnacle Oak
Sentry American Linden Princeton Elm

These trees will not only improve the aesthics of the corridor, but also help improve air quality and create a better environment for pedestrians and bikers in the area.  More information is available on the project webpage.