Hennepin County is finalizing agreements with the City of Minneapolis and Mn/DOT and expects to put the project 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. Construction is expected to begin in Spring 2014.
Here are the latest layouts for the intersections:
Hiawatha Avenue is a difficult street to cross by foot, bike, wheelchair, or motor vehicle. High vehicle speeds, wide crossing distances, short crossing times, and LRT signal pre-emption have contributed to the difficult pedestrian and bicyclist environment. At the same time, the addition of the LRT line has added more pedestrians and bikers to the area.
Hennepin County convened a working group with Metro Transit, Minneapolis, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation to develop recommendations to improve the street crossing environment at several intersections along Hiawatha Avenue from 32nd Street to 46th Street. These recommendations should make it easier and more comfortable for walkers and bikers to cross Hiawatha Avenue at these intersections. Key points of these recommendations include:
- Adding bump-outs at some corners to reduce the distance across Hiawatha Avenue. Bump outs can also reduce traffic speeds.
- Providing more walk time for people to cross Hiawatha Avenue
- Making the crosswalks more visible
- Upgrading the crosswalks to meet new ADA requirements
- Adding bike “sharrows” at key locations
- Adding wider medians at some locations to provide a more comfortable place to stand for people who cannot make it across the entire intersection.
Project Powerpoint Presentations
March 2012 Presentation from Open Houses