Hiawatha-Lake Intersection Study
Hi-Lake Phase 2 Study (2017-2018)
The City of Minneapolis, in partnership with Hennepin County, is excited to start Phase 2 of the Hi-Lake Intersection Study. Phase 2 of the study will build upon the work from Phase 1 with the goal of working directly with the community to refine and reach consensus on the long-term Tight Diamond concept and develop a phased action plan for implementation of interim improvements at the Hiawatha Avenue and Lake Street intersection. Phase 2 of the Study will include:
- Collecting additional community and stakeholder input on the Tight Diamond configuration for the intersection
- Developing a phased action plan for the implementation of interim improvements
- Additional technical analysis
- Updated graphics
- Public engagement
A technical advisory committee (TAC), comprised of staff from Minneapolis Public Works, Hennepin County Public Works, MnDOT, and Metro Transit, are convening to help support the work in Phase 2 of the study.
The City and County are working directly with community stakeholders to develop engagement events for Phase 2. Public engagement events will occur in the spring and summer of 2018. Staff are engaging policymakers throughout the study. Please check this website for more details on upcoming public engagement events.
Draft Action Plan
The City, with its partners at Hennepin County, MnDOT, and Metro Transit, have developed a Draft Action Plan for the implementation of interim treatments at the Hi-Lake Intersection. The Draft Action Plan includes interim treatments that were identified in Phase 1 of the study. The type of treatments, total benefits, and feasibility were all considered in the development and phasing of the Action Plan.
Traffic Sensitivity Analysis
To determine how much vehicular traffic growth the existing interchange and Tight Diamond Concept can accommodate. Both interchange options are anticipated to provide more than enough capacity to accommodate high levels of growth at the Hiawatha-Lake Interchange, and the Tight Diamond concept concept provides an even higher level of risk-mitigation than the existing interchange configuration.
Hi-Lake Phase 1 Study (completed 2016)
In February 2016, the City and Hennepin County completed the Hi-Lake Phase 1 Intersection Study, a technical study to inform decisions about potential improvements to the pedestrian and bicycle environment at the Hi-Lake interchange. Phase 1 of the study documented existing conditions, key transportation issues at the intersection, and identified a number of potential short and long-term treatments at the intersection.
Several multimodal goals emerged from Phase 1 of the Study, including:
- Improve pedestrian and bicyclist comfort, safety, and security, and minimize delay at signals
- Ensure the roadway configuration supports all transit movements and facilitates efficient transit operations
- Reallocate right-of-way from vehicle lanes to sidewalk space where feasible to accommodate improved transit infrastructure, including arterial bus rapid transit stations
- Create a dedicated connection between nearby bicycle trails and the Blue Line Lake Street Station
The City has shared Phase 1 of the study with community organizations in the area and at community events, such as 2017 Lake Street Open Streets and the Midtown Farmers Market.
Phase 1 Study Materials
(Note: Project information may change due to scheduling, weather, or other factors outside of our control. Listings will be updated as new information becomes available.) Citizens concerned with pedestrian access during construction should contact the project manager directly.
Last updated May 16, 2018