Girard Ave S Reconstruction Project
In 2020, the Minneapolis Public Works Department plans to reconstruct Girard Ave S between Lake St and Lagoon Ave.
Public Works Project Goals
- Prioritize people's ability to walk comfortably to, from, and along Girard Ave S
- Provide a bicycle connection from the Midtown Greenway to Calhoun Square
- Accommodate business deliveries
- Accommodate drop-off and pick-up of visitors to the area
- Minimize disruption to the existing pedestrian amenities installed on the east side of the street
Take the Project Survey
What are your goals for the project? Do you disagree with any of the Public Works project goals? Tell us what you think by taking our survey:
The survey will be available through Friday, November 16, 2018.
Existing Pedestrian and Vehicular Use
Many people walk along Girard Ave, especially late in the evenings on weekends. In late evenings on weekends, as many as 200 pedestrians per hour have been counted along Girard Ave S. During the weekday, the number of pedestrians is nearly as many as the number of drivers. Late in the evening, the number of pedestrians is much higher than the number of drivers, as shown in the graphs below.
On average, drivers are traveling along Girard Ave S at 13.7 MPH, with 5% of drivers driving over 22.1 MPH.
Freight deliveries, as well as restaurant delivery services (i.e. Bite Squad, etc.) were all observed on Girard Ave S, however no formal delivery counts are available.
A steady stream of people on bicycles were observed using Girard Ave S, however no formal bicycle counts are available.
Girard Ave S, looking north along the block
The Girard Meander
The 2008 Uptown Small Area Plan recommends that Girard Ave S should be redesigned as the Girard Meander, a pedestrian spine between the Greenway, Mozaic and Calhoun Square.
Selection of Girard Ave S
Girard Ave S was selected as a reconstruction project based on the City's 20 Year Streets Funding Plan framework. The framework prioritizes capital projects using a data-driven approach with a focus on racial and economic equity. Girard Ave S was selected as a reconstruction candidate based on the many people that walk along the street coupled with the street's poor pavement condition.
Adjacent property owners will be assessed for this street reconstruction project. Additional details about the assessment for this project will become available after further design of the project, including a public hearing through the Transportation and Public Works Committee of the Minneapolis City Council.
More information about assessments can be found on the City's Special Assessments page.
Liz Heyman, Transportation Planner, [email protected] or 612-673-2460
Last updated Oct 17, 2018