Minnehaha Avenue (County Road 48)

Hennepin County, in partnership with the City of Minneapolis, is reconstructing Minnehaha Avenue from 46th Street South to Lake Street.

Improvements to Minnehaha Avenue are needed to address the deteriorating pavement, utility and drainage concerns, non-motorized accommodations and storm water quality conditions. The county seeks to design Minnehaha Avenue to be safer, more livable, and welcoming to all users, while balancing potential impacts to residents and businesses along the corridor. 

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Detours and closures

Minnehaha Avenue closed between 34th and 38th streets

Minnehaha Avenue is closed between 34th and 38th streets. Posted detours will direct vehicle traffic around the construction area using Lake Street, Hiawatha Avenue and 42nd Street. The road is anticipated to remain closed until approximately early July.

2016 closures and detours

Minnehaha Avenue is being closed and reconstructed in two main stages in 2016:

  • April-August: 38th to 34th Street
  • August-November: 34th to Lake Street

Detour maps

Local traffic

Local traffic will be able to use fully paved streets and walkways on all areas except the four blocks under construction. Access to businesses and residences will remain available in the four block segment under construction, though surfaces may not be paved or smooth at all times.

Crossing Minnehaha Avenue

Travelers will be able to cross Minnehaha Avenue at intersections not closed for reconstruction during construction. With the exception of Lake Street, intersections will be fully closed for approximately ten days to allow for construction in and/or around the intersection. Travelers may cross at other locations during these intersection closures.

Construction updates

Crews are working between 38th and 34th streets. The first two layers of asphalt paving on Minnehaha Avenue are complete. The final layer of paving and lane striping will be completed at a later date.

Crews are grading to prepare for installing sidewalks and pedestrian ramps at intersections and installing street light bases. Installation of sod along Minnehaha Avenue boulevards (between the sidewalk and street) and sidewalk in select areas will continue for several weeks.

Construction notice - Spring 2016 (PDF)

Project background

Design concepts

The county initially studied design concepts for buffered bike lanes, one-way cycle track and two-way cycle tracks on Minnehaha Avenue. County staff recommended the buffered bike lane option because it better addresses safety at intersections for pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles and will have less of an impact on parking and trees. Minneapolis City Council approved the recommended layout on December 13, 2013.

Project documents

Preliminary layout (PDF)

Visualizations (PDF)

Proposed utility work and excavation limits (PDF)

Public involvement

Public meetings were held in 2013 to provide information about design concepts and gain public input. Hennepin County presented the recommended layout to Minneapolis City Council in December 2013 and received preliminary layout approval.

Thank you to all who have attended meetings and provided your thoughts and ideas to date.

Project highlights

  • Two 11-foot lanes of traffic
  • Dedicated left turn lanes on Minnehaha Avenue at 31st Street, 32nd street, 38th Street, 46th Street
  • A southbound right turn lane on Minnehaha Avenue at 42nd Street
  • Realignment of intersections to create 90 degree angles at 27th Avenue and 31st Avenue, 32nd Street and 33rd Street, and 36th Avenue and 37th Avenue
  • Improved pedestrian facilities (shortened crossings at intersections, improving bus stops and ramp curbs to make them fully accessible)
  • Enhanced dedicated bicycle lanes (including a stipend buffer zone and concrete pavement treatment)
  • Storm water system improvements 

Utility improvements

CenterPoint Energy will continue improving the gas mains in this corridor in 2016 between 32nd Street and 22nd Avenue. Visit Centerpoint Energy's project website for more information.

Residents may improve their sewer and water service lines when the street is being reconstructed. For questions regarding water and sewer service replacement, contact 612-930-4211 or minnehaha@hennepin.us.

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