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

Remaining work 

Permanent signals still need to be installed and tested along project corridor. The signal hardware is expected to be completed by mid-November.

All median and lane reconfiguration work complete

Over the past few months crews have been making improvements at the intersections of Franklin (County Road 5), Cedar (County Road 152) and Minnehaha avenues in Minneapolis. Paving and permanent striping were completed the first week of October.

Improvements include:

  • 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

 

 A newly constructed median and left-turn lane on Franklin Avenue east of Cedar Avenue.

Future work and ongoing work in the area

35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown reconstruction has begun

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is beginning work on I-35W between 15th and 43rd streets. As part of the early work, MnDOT has closed the Franklin Avenue Bridge, Portland Avenue Bridge, 5th Avenue ramp and 11th Avenue ramp. 

With the MnDOT closures, road users can expect increased traffic at this intersection and surrounding areas.

For more information about MnDOT's reconstruction project, visit http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i35wminneapolis/.

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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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