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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.

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.

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.