Category: Hiawatha Avenue Landscape

Hiawatha landscaping continues with phase 2 tree planting

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By robb, December 16, 2015 2:14 pm

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.

Phase 2 Hiawatha tree planting

Phase 2 Hiawatha trees - roots

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.

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.

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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.

Landscape Restoration – Potential Plant Species

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By robb, December 18, 2013 10:47 am

The display boards at the Open Houses for the Hiawatha Avenue Landscape Restoration project identified a variety of preferred trees, shrubs, and plantings that could be included in the project. These plantings include a mix of native, cultivars of natives, and non-native plantings that can withstand a harsh environment found along Hiawatha Avenue.

Below are some links that provide additional information on those plants. If you have any comments or questions, please send us an e-mail.

For more information go to the project webpage.

Landscape Restoration – Open House Update

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By robb, December 10, 2013 9:19 am

Thank you to everyone who attended the two Open Houses for the Hiawatha Avenue Landscape Restoration project.  The display boards from the meeting can be found on the project webpage. If you have any questions or comments on the project or the materials, please send an e-mail.

Below are a list of “frequently asked questions” from the Open Houses.

Q: What are the project boundaries?

The project includes Hiawatha Ave from 32nd Street to 46th Street and includes the median, the boulevards on the east and west side of Hiawatha, and the area between the sidewalk/trail and the LRT fence. The project does not include the berm/area west of the LRT line.

Q: What is the timing of the project?

The project needs to secure funding and be approved by the Hennepin County Board. Pending funding and approvals, planting could begin in spring.  The project is being designed as a “restoration” so that plantings can be phased in over several years as the existing trees deteriorate.

Q: How will the project be maintained?

We are still developing a maintenance plan for the corridor. Trees are maintained by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board through their Forestry department.  Grass mowing is currently done by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.  An arrangement with volunteers, community, or other groups may be an option if shrubs or plants are installed.

Q: Will the project include native plantings?

The project is proposed to include a mix of native, cultivars of natives, and non-native plantings that can withstand a harsh urban environment. In all selections we carefully consider the plants as part of an urban ecosystem and seek those with habitat value while avoiding those with invasive tendencies.

Q: What types of plantings are being considered?

We are looking at plantings that (1) can tolerate the harsh conditions of the corridor, (2) fit the scale and aesthetics of the area, and (3) require minimal maintenance.  A wide variety of plantings fit these criteria and fit within Mn/DOT and Park board guidelines. A guide to these plantings will be posted soon.

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