Hennepin Avenue South (W Lake Street to Douglas Avenue)
We’re collecting community feedback to understand what you think of and how you use Hennepin Avenue South between W Lake Street and Douglas Avenue. Your feedback will help inform the City’s 2018 federal funding application and Hennepin’s future reconstruction in 2023.
Hennepin Avenue between Douglas Avenue and West Lake Street is proposed to be programmed in the City’s Capital Improvement Program for reconstruction in 2023. Public Works is conducting preliminary planning work in 2018 in order to submit an application for federal transportation funding through the Metropolitan Council’s Regional Solicitation.Public Works will conduct technical work, collect community feedback, and review policy guidance including the Access Minneapolis Plan (2009), Complete Streets Policy (2016), and Vision Zero commitment (2017) to inform the design of Hennepin Avenue.The reconstruction project provides an opportunity to redesign Hennepin Avenue so it meets the street’s current and future needs
Public Works has identified Hennepin Avenue between Douglas Avenue and West Lake Street as a future reconstruction candidate, driven primarily by its pavement condition, multimodal connections, number of daily users, and opportunity to better plan for Metro Transit’s future Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) E-Line.
Hennepin Avenue serves an estimated 770 to 3,400 people walking, 220 to 280 people biking, 6,600 transit users, 400 buses, and between 15,000 and 31,500 people driving per day. Hennepin Avenue is constrained throughout the corridor and identifying priorities may require trade-offs. Public Works relies on planning guidance and community input to inform the design of streets like Hennepin Avenue.
The goals of the future reconstruction project will aim to provide the following design elements:
- Improve the sidewalk and intersections for all users, install durable pavement markings and crosswalks, and support pedestrian activities with space for planting and furnishing zones where feasible.
- Evaluate bicycle network connectivity, as the City’s Bicycle Master Plan identifies this corridor as a future on-street bikeway and bicycle lanes should be considered when the street is reconstructed.
- Provide space for enhanced transit stops compatible with future E-Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service.
- Replace aging traffic signal and stormwater infrastructure.
- Maintain mobility and circulation for transit and motor vehicles.
To support a successful application for federal transportation funding, Public Works is planning to conduct technical analysis and gather community feedback in advance of the federal funding application deadline in July. Public Works will be engaging stakeholders in the winter and spring of 2018 to understand what design elements are important to consider for Hennepin Avenue. Should the project be awarded federal funding, there would be future opportunities in 2019 and beyond for the public to provide additional input on to inform the design details.
- Winter/Spring 2018: Technical evaluation and public engagement
- July of 2018: Submit application for federal transportation grant, through the Met Council
- Winter 2019: Grant recipients announced
- 2019-2021: Detailed street design and engineering
- 2023: Anticipated project construction
Public Meeting #1-Open House
Wednesday, April 11
Jefferson Community School
1200 26th Street West
Minneapolis, MN 55405
Public Meeting #1-Materials
Contact: Becca Hughes, [email protected], 612-673-3594
Last updated Apr 24, 2018