North Loop Paving Project

The proposed project will reconstruct portions of 3rd St N, 5th Ave N, 7th Ave N, 8th Ave N and 9th Ave N adding up to approximately 0.8 miles of street within the North Loop neighborhood. The project is a reconstruction project involving the entire right-of-way and will include new sidewalks, ramps, pavement, curb and gutter, and utility improvements. The project will also include signal improvements, new signage, and new pavement markings, as needed.

Construction will begin in April 2019 and complete in Spring 2020.

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 NorthLoop Paving Project

Project Status

Project Status: Construction

Project Details

Project Location

Construction Date

Construction is scheduled to begin May 6, 2019.

Construction Duration

Construction is expected to be substantially complete in Fall of 2019.

See also the related North Loop Pedestrian Improvement project.

Detour Route

We recommend the detour below for stage 1 of the project.

North Loop Paving Detour Route Map

Project Materials

Final Recommended Concept

Open House 1 & 2 Notifications

Open House 1 Boards - Introduction

Open House 2 Boards - Preliminary Design

Open House 2 - Preliminary Layouts

Updated Preliminary Concept - December 18th, 2017

Meeting 3 Slides - December 18th, 2017

Street Materials Diagram - December 18th, 2017


Pre-Assessment Presentation - November 13, 2018


The City of Minneapolis Department of Public Works will be holding a series of public meetings to gather feedback regarding the proposed project. The first two public meetings will be held at the dates below, with a third final public meeting scheduled tentatively for November 2017.

Public Meeting #1, Introductory Open House

Minneapolis Central Library, Doty Board Room-N280
300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Monday, July 24th, 2017
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Public Meeting #2, Preliminary Concepts Open House

Minneapolis Central Library, Doty Board Room-N280
300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Tuesday, August 29th, 2017
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Public Meeting #3, Final Preliminary Concept Presentation

Minneapolis Central Library, Doty Board Room-N280
300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Monday, December 18th, 2017
Project Presentation at 5:30 p.m. followed by Q&A

Public Meeting #4, Preconstruction Meeting

Minneapolis Central Library, Doty Board Room-N280
300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Tuesday April 30, 2019
Project Presentation at 6:00 p.m. followed by Q&A

Heritage Preservation Commission, Introductory Presentation

Minneapolis City Hall, Room 317
350 South 5th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Tuesday, December 12th, 2017
Meeting begins at 4:30pm. Item location on the agenda TBD.

Project Photos

Several streets in the North Loop area of downtown will be fully reconstructed. The existing streets are shown below.

North Loop -1     North Loop -2     North Loop 3


Planning & Public Engagement
Community engagement was conducted, August 2017 - March 2018.

Engineering Design
Engineering/Final Design will take place in 2018

Construction is scheduled for 2019

Project Updates

The North Loop Reconstruction & Pedestrian Improvements Project consists of two separate projects:

  1. A full street reconstruction along 3rd St N between 10th Ave N and 5th Ave N
  2. A pedestrian improvement project generally bounded by 10th Ave N on the north, 1st Ave on the south, West River Parkway on the east, and 4th St N on the west

For North Loop Pedestrian Improvement updates, see the North Loop Pedestrian Improvements project.

Week of May 20, 2019

Work in the past week

5th Ave N

  • Finished salvaging brick pavers on 5th Ave N
  • Finished full depth pavement removals on 5th Ave N.  Local access allowed, once CenterPoint’s work begins, 5th Ave N may become a one-way. More to come.
  • CenterPoint Energy is currently at the intersection of Washington Ave and 5th Ave N and working towards 4th St N
  • 7th Ave N
  • Began full depth pavement removals between Washington and 4th Ave N, tentatively planning on starting on 4th St N and working towards Washington (skipping 3rd St N). As crews progress with pavement removals they will build a gravel access road. 
  • Preparing for next week's utility work

Work anticipated for the remainder of this week and next week

5th Ave N

  • CenterPoint Energy 6” gas line installation

7th Ave N

  • Begin utility work on 7th Ave N on Monday May 20th
  • Water – there may be some short term, shut offs, the water department will give 48 hours’ notice to impacted businesses, 24 hours’ notice to impacted residences
  • Sewer
  • Gas
  • Electric


8th Ave N – Tentatively planning to begin work at this location right after Memorial Day

  • Begin salvaging brick pavers on 5-28-19
  • Followed by full depth removals

Stakeholder Meeting

These meetings are informal, held biweekly and intended to offer residents and businesses located on the project site an opportunity to get construction updates, ask construction and access related questions.

Week of May 13, 2019

Recent Activities

On May 6, 2019, the project began with brick paver removals on 5th  Ave N.  Next week the contractor will remove the roadway pavement and east sidewalk on 5th Ave N (between Washington to just past 4th St N).  Once removals are complete CenterPoint Energy (CPE) access the site to install a 6" high pressure steel gas line.  CPE's work is anticipated to take 7 weeks to complete.  Once the gas main installation is complete the Contractor will return to 5th Ave N to begin underground utility work.

Upcoming Construction

7th Ave N (Washington to 4th St N, the contractor will jump over 3rd St N) removals will begin the week of May 13th.  7th Ave N will be closed to thru traffic.

Work expected for the week of May 13, 2019

  • Asphalt milling on 5th and 7th Aves N
  • CenterPoint Energy continue installing 6" gas line between 2nd St N and Washington
  • CenterPoint Energy will start 4" gas replacement on 7th Ave N
  • Continue salvaging brick pavers on 5th Ave N
  • Begin pavement removals on 5th Ave N
  • Begin pavement removals on 7th Ave N

Other Information

Bi-weekly stakeholder meetings will be held the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month from 7:30 am to 8:00 am to provide updates and to address any construction related question or concerns.

March 8, 2019

Construction will begin in April 2019 and complete in Spring 2020.

March 15, 2019

A final recommended project layout has been uploaded to the website.

December 18, 2017

The final project planning meeting took place on 12/18/17. Slides from the meeting are posted on the project website.

December 12, 2017

The project was presented to the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission as an informational item.

December 1, 2017

The final project planning meeting will take place on 12/18/17 at 5:30 pm at Minneapolis Central Library

December 1, 2017

Meeting notifications were mailed to property owners

December 1, 2017

A final preliminary concept has been developed and has been uploaded to the website

August 29, 2017

The second project open house will be held on 8/29 from 5:30pm - 7:00pm at Minneapolis Central Library

August 28, 2017

The introductory project survey has been closed

August 2, 2017

Project staff attended a Minneapolis Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities (MACOPD) meeting to introduce the project

July 24, 2017

The introductory open house was held at Minneapolis Central Library

July 26, 2017

Project staff attended a North Loop Neighborhood Association meeting to introduce the project

July 20, 2017

Project staff attended the City's Pedestrian Advisory Committee to introduce the project

July 18, 2017

Project staff attended a 2020 Partners meeting to introduce the project

July 18, 2017

Project staff attend the City's Bicycle Advisory Committee to introduce the project

July 11, 2017

Meeting notifications for the upcoming open houses have been sent to property addresses in the area.

Project Contacts

Stephanie Malmberg, Construction Engineer; 612-673-3365 or [email protected]

John Benjamin, 651-443-1096 or [email protected]


Last updated May 17, 2019



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