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Get ready for Minnehaha reconstruction

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By robb, January 15, 2015 11:12 am

Construction on Minnehaha Avenue is scheduled to begin this spring.  Because of the need for extensive underground utility work, the county plans to close the road in four-block segments; however, people will still have access to residential and business driveways.

Estimated construction and road closure dates:

  • 46th – 42nd streets:  April to July 2015
  • 42nd – 38th streets:  July to November 2015
  • 38th – 34th streets:  April to July 2016
  • 34th – Lake streets:  July to November 2016

What can you look forward to on the new Minnehaha Avenue?

  • Turn lanes added at key nodes to ease traffic flow
  • Curb extensions to reduce pedestrian crossing distances and improve visibility
  • Enhanced bike lanes to give cyclists a more comfortable ride
  • More pedestrian and street-level lighting to enhance the feeling of safety
  • On-street parking for businesses, residents, and visitors
  • Trees and stormwater improvements to enhance the environment and aesthetics
  • Street furnishings and colored concrete treatment at key nodes to create a pedestrian-friendly sense of place

Visit the project webpage to get more information and receive updates.

Minnehaha/38th Street Rendering

38th Street reconstruction planned

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By robb, September 29, 2014 11:28 am

The City of Minneapolis is planning a full reconstruction of 38th Street between Minnehaha and Hiawatha avenues in 2016.

This project was identified as a priority in the Minnehaha-Hiawatha Community Works framework document to support multi-modal access and economic vitality in the area.  The current roadway is an important connection to the 38th Street LRT station from the Longfellow neighborhood.  However, the road lacks boulevards, trees, lighting, and bike facilities which support pedestrian and bike access to the station.

The project is in the preliminary design phase.  Minneapolis will be holding an informational meeting to get comments and answer questions on the project:

  • Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2014
  • Time: 5:00 pm
  • Location: Minnehaha Communion Lutheran Church
  • Address: 4101 37th Avenue South

Check the project website for more information.

38th Street Preliminary Design

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

Materials from Second Set of Minnehaha Reconstruction Meetings

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By robb, October 7, 2013 1:36 pm

Thank you to everyone who attended the public meetings on Minnehaha Ave Reconstruction on September 30 and October 2.  We appreciate all the questions and comments we received. For those unable to attend, materials from the meeting are available on the Project Website.