Southern Bike Connection

Project Map

Weather permitting, construction is scheduled to begin on Monday, September 30th. Click on the map below to view different construction elements.


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Project Type

Bicycle boulevard and bike lanes/shared lane markings

Project Limits

The Southern Bike Connection will run along these streets:

View a map of the project (pdf).

Construction Start Date

September 30, 2013

Contact Information

Shaun Murphy, 612.333.2450 or shaun.murphy@minneapolismn.gov . Feedback can also be entered using our online form.

Project Details

Bicycle boulevards will be installed on 17th Avenue S (between 24th Street and Minnehaha Parkway) and 12th Avenue S (between Minnehaha Parkway and 60th Street). Bicycle boulevards improve local, residential streets for bicycling, including features such as traffic calming, safer crossings at busy streets, large bicycle pavement markings, and way finding signs. Bicyclists and motorists share the same lanes. A bicycle boulevard does not use bike lanes, and it does not remove on-street parking.

Information about Miniature Traffic Circles

Traffic calming and stop sign changes will include:

Lane changes will occur on East 24th Street, East 60th Street, and Bloomington Avenue South:

Street

Limits

Lane Change

E 24th St

5th Ave S to Portland Ave S

Shared Lanes

E 24th St

Portland Ave S to Park Ave S

Shared Lane/Bike Lane

E 24th St

Park Ave S to Cedar Ave S

Bike Lanes

E 60th St

12th Ave S to Bloomington Ave S

Shared Lanes

Bloomington Ave S

E 60th St to E 62nd St

Bike Lanes

Parking will be removed on East 24th Street on the north side, between 12th Avenue South and Bloomington Avenue South.

Bike racks will be installed along the project corridor.

Project Updates

September 27, 2013
 

Weather permitting, construction is scheduled to begin on Monday, September 30th. The City of Minneapolis has hired Thomas & Sons Construction to carry out the work, and several subcontractors will be assisting. Activity during the week of September 30th is anticipated to include asphalt and concrete removal at the intersections of 17th Avenue S with 26th Street, 28th Street, 32nd Street, 34th Street, 36th Street, 42nd Street, 45th Street, and 46th Street. Parking restrictions and lane closures are expected in order to accommodate construction crews. The length of time for construction at each intersection will vary. Construction for the entire project is anticipated to be complete in early November.


June 17, 2013

Construction is currently anticipated to begin on August 1, 2013 and end by October 31, 2013. Major construction elements are expected to include those in this link (pdf). The project will include bike boulevards along 17th Avenue S and 12th Avenue S, as well as bicycle lanes and shared lanes on E 24th Street, E 60th Street, and Bloomington Avenue. The project was advertised to potential contractors for construction on June 12th, and a contract award is expected to be made on July 19th. There is a potential for a small number of major construction elements to not fit within the project budget. This will depend upon the bids received from potential contractors. The decision on which, if any, major construction elements to eliminate from the project, will be made at the time the contract is awarded.
 

February 28, 2012

A test median has been placed at the intersection of 17th Avenue and 42nd Street.  The purpose of the test is to gain experience with a proposed permanent median (pdf), which would be installed at a later date.

A median is expected to have the benefit of slowing traffic traveling along 42nd Street.  A median would also provide a stopping space for bicycles and pedestrians crossing 42nd Street at 17th Avenue.  Impacts from the median would include minimal parking loss on 42nd Street and prohibiting left turns from 42nd Street onto 17th Avenue, and from 17th Avenue onto 42nd Street. North-south traffic would also be prohibited on 17th Avenue across 42nd Street.

Temporary signing and barriers will be placed as part of the test, guiding motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians through the intersection according to the parameters above.  Comments are welcome through 311 or through our online form.  Signs inviting comment will be posted at the median. 

September 28, 2011

A median is proposed at 17th Avenue and 42nd Street.  To discourage traffic from diverting onto the 42xx block of 18th Avenue, speed humps are proposed in this block. 
A community meeting will be held on October 5th at 6:30pm at Bethel Lutheran Church (4120 17th Avenue S).  If you can’t make the meeting share your comments with Council Member Elizabeth Glidden, elizabeth.glidden@minneapolismn.gov or (612) 673-2208; or Shaun Murphy, Non Motorized Transportation Coordinator, City of Mpls, shaun.murphy@minneapolismn.gov or (612) 333-2450.

September 28, 2011

A median is proposed at 17th Avenue and 42nd Street. To discourage traffic from diverting onto the 42xx block of 18th Avenue, speed humps are proposed in this block.

A community meeting will be held on October 5th at 6:30pm at Bethel Lutheran Church (4120 17th Avenue S). If you can’t make the meeting share your comments with Council Member Elizabeth Glidden, elizabeth.glidden@minneapolismn.gov or (612) 673-2208; or Shaun Murphy, Non Motorized Transportation Coordinator, City of Mpls, shaun.murphy@minneapolismn.gov or (612) 333-2450. 

September 15, 2011

Public Works reassessed the budget and determined that additional funding would allow all project elements to be constructed. Under the previous budget, only a minimum of project elements could be built. A funding request was submitted to Bike Walk Twin Cities this past spring. Partial additional funding was granted in July. The City of Minneapolis is now working with Bike Walk Twin Cities to determine which elements can be constructed with the available funds. Construction is now anticipated in 2012.

February 9, 2011

A summary of public feedback (pdf) is available.

October 4, 2010

Flyers are being distributed tomorrow on 17th Avenue in the Bancroft (pdf) and Northrup (pdf) neighborhoods, as well as on 12th Avenue in the Hale (pdf) neighborhood, for a public meeting on Tuesday, October 12 at 6:30 pm. It will be held at Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church (4120 17th Ave S).

This public meeting will be held to gain additional feedback from the neighborhoods along the southern portion of the corridor. A revised project layout (pdf) and project ballot (pdf) will be presented.

August 31, 2010

A third public meeting will be scheduled for the Bancroft, Northrup, and Hale neighborhoods in October.

August 19, 2010

Public meeting flyers for Powderhorn Park (pdf) and East Phillips (pdf).

July 27, 2010

Two public meetings have been scheduled:

Thursday, August 19, 6:30 pm: Stewart Rec Center (2700 12th Ave S). North half of the corridor: 24th Street E and 17th Ave S (between 24th and 38th St)

Monday, August 30, 6:30 pm: Pearl Lake Rec Center (41 E Diamond Lake Rd). South half of the corridor: south of 38th Street E.

July 15, 2010

In early summer, Public Works staff met with neighborhood organizations and city council members to collect feedback on the draft plans.

Public Works is now collecting feedback on draft plans (pdf) for the corridor from the public at-large. Please provide feedback on which features and intersections should be priorities for this project. Not all features will be constructed. Cost estimates (pdf) for each feature and traffic calming examples (pdf) may help you identify priorities. Detailed layouts (pdf) will be presented at public meetings in August.

Other Information

This project was funded by the federal Non-Motorized Transportation Pilot Program.

Last updated Apr. 16, 2014