Category: Hiawatha Crossings

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.

Hiawatha Ave Construction Image

Bike lanes planned for 32nd Steet

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By robb, May 22, 2014 7:35 am

This summer, Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis will be installing new bike lanes on 32nd Street between Hiawatha and Minnehaha avenues.  This project is included as part of the Hiawatha Avenue intersection improvement project, which aims to improve pedestrian and cyclist access to and across Hiawatha Avenue.

Throughout the planning process for the intersection improvement project, community members and the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization raised concerns about the existing bike friendliness of 32nd Street.  The route is a key east-west connection between Longfellow and Corcoran, and also an important route for students who live in Longfellow and attend South High.  Yet, the lack of bike facilities on the street made it a less-than-ideal route for bikers and students.

The new design will add east- and west-bound bike lanes along 32nd Street within the existing road width.  There is a short section – on the east side of Hiawatha Avenue – where road space is limited, so alternative treatments are being proposed.  The new lanes will also connect to existing north-south bike facilities on Minnehaha and Hiawatha avenues, improving connectivity in the area.  Check the proposed design for more details.

32nd Street Bike Lane Design

Hiawatha construction update

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By robb, April 23, 2014 4:18 pm
Construction on Hiawatha has begun with removal and replacement of medians at 32nd and 38th streets.  You will notice some turn lane closures as that work is being completed.  Below is the planned order of work for the project.
  • Median work at 32nd, 38th and 46th streets
    left turn lane closures on Hiawatha Ave
  • Median work at 42nd Street
    left turn lane closures on Hiawatha Ave
  • West side intersection work at 32nd, 38th, and 46th streets
    limited duration street closures on west side of intersection
  • West side intersection work at 42nd Street
    limited duration street closure on west side of intersection
  • East side intersection work at 32nd, 38th, and 46th streets
    limited duration street closures on east side of intersection
  • East side street closures at 42nd Street
    limited duration street closure on east side of intersection

Note that weather conditions can impact the timing for each phase of the project.  Check back for updates.

Hiawatha intersection improvements begin this week

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By robb, April 15, 2014 1:24 pm

Construction is beginning this week on the intersection improvements along Hiawatha Avenue.  The contractors will start with the median work — beginning at 32nd Street and working their way south to 46th Street.   The median work is scheduled to take approximately three weeks.

Upon completion of the medians, construction will move to the side streets.  We will have additional information as construction continues.  There may be traffic impacts for vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists during the construction.  Check the project web page for updates throughout the project.

Hiawatha Intersection Improvements Update

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By robb, October 25, 2013 10:29 am

Our project consultants have completed the final design for the proposed intersection improvements along Hiawatha Avenue.   We are getting final signatures on the project funding agreements, and the project is expected to go out for bid in the winter.   The initial project would include 32nd, 38th, 42nd, and 46th streets — 35th and 28th streets could be added depending on the final bids.

We expect to begin construction in spring 2014.  Click on Project Update for the latest intersection designs.