Community meeting Aug. 30 to discuss restriping of Park and Portland avenues

Hennepin County will be repaving and restriping Park Avenue and Portland Avenue from Washington Ave. S. to 46th St. E. in September. This project provides an opportunity for the County and City of Minneapolis to modify these two one-way streets in south Minneapolis so they can better serve everyone who uses them.

The City and County are holding a community meeting to share plans that involve restriping the repaved streets to calm traffic and create a safer environment for bicyclists and pedestrians on Thursday, Aug. 30, from 6:30 – 9 p.m. (presentation 7:15 p.m.) at The Center of Changing Lives (Lutheran Social Services), 2400 Park Ave. S., Conference Room 104

Next month’s “mill and overlay” repaving of Park Avenue and Portland Avenue involves grinding off the top layer of asphalt and replacing it with a fresh, smooth driving surface. The construction, which was originally slated for earlier this summer, was held off so the city and county could analyze how these streets handle traffic and see if improvements can be made after they’re repaved. As a result of this partnership, significant restriping improvements are planned to provide for safety while also addressing motor vehicle speeds and livability issues.

Park and Portland avenues were converted to one-way streets back in 1946 and 1947 to handle the growth in driving commutes. With the initial construction of Interstate 35W in the 1960s and the recent Interstate 35W improvements near Crosstown TH 62, it was time to evaluate the future use and need for these streets as part of this repaving project. The restriping is consistent with the city’s “Access Minneapolis 10 Year Transportation Action Plan” that examines how these streets should function for the community and drivers.

Published Aug. 21, 2012