Franklin Avenue repaving and improvements

Includes intersections of Franklin, Cedar and Minnehaha avenues

Hennepin County is making improvements to and repaving Franklin Avenue (County Road 5) between South 16th and South 21st avenues. This includes the high volume intersection of Franklin and Cedar avenues, which is immediately adjacent to the intersection of Franklin and Minnehaha avenues.

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Current work and timeline

Effective May 31

Minnehaha Avenue between Cedar Avenue (County Road 152) and Franklin Avenue (County Road 5) will be permanently closed.

Franklin Avenue (County Road 5) will have no closures, but temporary lane restrictions should be expected.

Crews will be working on various activities around the site, including at the intersection with Minnehaha Avenue. After the various improvements are made around the area, crews will then repave the road in the area.

Most of the initial work will be happening outside of the roadway, but there will be traffic control measures in place. As a result, motorists and commuters in the area should prepare for some traffic impacts and delays.

When complete in fall 2017, there will be a better driving surface, new turn lanes, improved north-south bike and pedestrian movements, updated curbs and gutter, and adjusted signal timing.

Detours and alternate routes

For northbound motorists travelling on Minnehaha Avenue, a potential alternate route would be East 22nd Street to Cedar Avenue.

Work zone safety

Thank you for slowing down and paying attention in work zones. Please be mindful of construction signs and restrictions. Staying alert and dedicating your full attention to driving keeps you and our crews safe.

Local access

All local businesses will be fully accessible during this project.

Motorists should prepare for delays.

Pedestrian and bicycle access for Light Rail Transit station will not be closed, but temporary accommodations should be expected.

Parking for light rail transit on Franklin Avenue will not be accessible during construction activity, which is expected to last through fall.

Project background

This segment of Franklin Avenue (County Road 5) is a high crash area, where there are many conflicts between vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians. Existing traffic operations also appear to be close to capacity.

Hennepin County has been a part of a number of conversations with community members and various stakeholder groups regarding this intersection. The county has also collected input at various community events

Some of the improvements discussed with stakeholders and the community include:

  • Closing Minnehaha Avenue north of Franklin Avenue
  • Removing the traffic signal at Franklin and Minnehaha avenues
  • Creating a southbound left turn lane from Cedar Avenue to East 22nd Street
  • Aligning bike lanes on Franklin Avenue
  • Improving north-south bike and pedestrian movements
  • Improving left-turn operations from Franklin Avenue to Cedar Avenue
  • Connecting with the recently developed NACDI Anpetu Wa’ste Cultural Arts Marketplace
  • Adjusting traffic signal timing
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