Minnehaha Avenue (County Road 48)

The Hennepin County Transportation Department in partnership with the City of Minneapolis, will be reconstructing Minnehaha Avenue from Nawadaha Boulevard to Lake Street. Reconstruction began in April 2015 and will end in late 2016.

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


Crews for the Minnehaha Avenue reconstruction project have completed pavement removal on Minnehaha Avenue between Minnehaha Parkway and 45th Street. Pavement removal between 45th Street and 44th Street will begin Monday, April 27, 2015. Signs indicating upcoming parking restrictions on this block of Minnehaha Avenue have been installed in advance of the work.

Additional reconstruction activities on Minnehaha Avenue between 45th Street and Minnehaha Parkway will be ongoing, along with reconstruction of the Minnehaha Avenue/46th Street intersection. Please note area parking restrictions, which are signed.

Though it may be dirt or gravel, a passable lane will be maintained along Minnehaha Avenue on the blocks under construction for motorists to access local businesses and residences. 

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Detours, closures and road openings

Reconstruction of the Minnehaha Avenue and 46th Street intersection begins April 20, 2015. Long-term lane closures on 46th Street between Snelling Avenue and 42nd Avenue will occur:

  • On April 20, 2015, the left lane of 46th Street in both directions will be closed for center median removal and paving.
  • On April 21, 2015, all traffic on 46th Street will be shifted to the south side of the road. Traffic will remain a single lane in each direction as the north side of the road is reconstructed.

Traffic on 46th Street will remain a single lane in each direction for several months as first the north side of the road, and then the south side of the road is reconstructed. Access to the alley west of Minnehaha Avenue between 46th Street and 45th Street will be restricted to right turn out only.

46th Street Lane closure map (PDF)

Metro Transit update

Metro transit routes 7 and 9 have been detoured from Minnehaha Avenue to Hiawatha Avenue between 46th Street and 42nd Street to avoid area construction. Additionally, bus stops at 46th Street and Minnehaha Avenue are anticipated to close the week of April 20, 2015 when traffic is shifted to the south side of 46th Street. For more information about route detours or bus stop, visit Metro Transit's Rider Alerts page.

Minnehaha Avenue is scheduled to be closed to through traffic and reconstructed in four main stages:

Anticipated construction schedule

2015 construction season

Work duration Dates Location of work
4 months April 2015 to August 2015 Nawadaha to 42nd Street
4 months August 2015 to November 2015 42nd Street to 38th Street

2016 construction season

Work duration Dates Location of work
4 months April 2016 to August 2016 38th Street to 34th Street
4 months August 2016 to November 2016 34th Street to Lake Street

Detour maps

Detour April-August 2015 (PDF)

Detour August-November 2015 (PDF)

Detour April-August 2016 (PDF)

Detour August-November 2016 (PDF)

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 during construction, with the except 46th Street, 42nd Street and Lake Street, will be fully closed for up to ten days to allow for construction in or around the intersection. Travelers may cross at other locations during these intersection closures.

Project background

What design concept is the county recommending?

The county initially studied design concepts for buffered bike lanes, one-way cycle tracks, and two-way cycle tracks on Minnehaha Avenue. County staff is recommending 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 plans to improve the gas mains in this corridor and will be beginning their work by early April 2015. This gas main replacement work is being completed at the same time as the reconstruction of Minnehaha Avenue. Work may extend outside the four block closure area, but traffic impacts should remain the same. 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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