Franklin Avenue (County Road 5) between South 16th and 21st avenues

Includes intersections of Franklin, Cedar and Minnehaha avenues

Hennepin County is preparing for the repaving of Franklin Avenue (County Road 5) between South 16th and South 21st avenues in 2017. This includes the high volume intersection of Franklin and Cedar, which is immediately adjacent to the intersection of Franklin and Minnehaha avenues.

The paving project could also provide improvement opportunities for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians.

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Upcoming patchwork

Starting July 5, roadway patching will begin on Franklin Avenue from South 16th to South 21st avenues. These repairs are needed to maintain the roads through until the start of the traffic improvement project, scheduled to begin in spring 2017.

For more questions about this work, contact transportation dispatch: 612-596-0299.

Public involvement opportunities

The most recent public information opportunities were held in January 2016 at the SPOKES Offices and in February 2016 to the Seward Neighborhood Community Development Committee. 

Future events will be listed here and shared via the project updates (sign up using the link above). 

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.

Current funding allows for the area to be repaved in 2016. There are also supplemental county funds that may be available to make limited improvements to the area.

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

No decisions have been made to date. Some of the improvements that have been 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

Other considerations include:

  • 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

Project status

Here is the current project status:

  • County and city staff are discussing the improvement ideas with selected local affected property owners
  • Cohesive walking and biking routes through the area are being mapped
  • Detailed traffic analysis is being performed
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