Minnehaha Avenue (County Road 48)

The Hennepin County Transportation Department 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 and 42nd Street intersection closure

The Minnehaha Avenue and 42nd Street intersection will be closed on August 3, 2015 for utility reconstruction. A posted detour will direct through traffic on 42nd Street to Hiawatha Avenue, 38th Street and 42nd Avenue to bypass the closure. The closure is expected to remain in place until the week of August 17.

42nd Street detour (PDF)

Upcoming Clsoure between 46th Street and 42nd Street

The final layer of asphalt paving on Minnehaha Avenue between 46th Street and 42nd Street is scheduled for the week of August 10. To allow space for crews to do this work and ensure a successful finished product, we anticipate closing the road to traffic in this area for two to three days. More information about this potential work/closure will be posted soon.

Ongoing traffic restrictions

46th Street is reduced to two lanes, with traffic shifted to the outside lanes between Snelling Avenue and 41st Avenue South. Lane restrictions will remain in place for several weeks for ongoing reconstruction work.

Minnehaha Avenue is closed to through traffic between 42nd Street and 38th Street until November for reconstruction. Posted detours for through traffic use Hiawatha Avenue to bypass the construction zone (bicyclists are detoured to Snelling Avenue). 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. Please note any area parking restrictions which will be signed.

Detour July-November 2015 (PDF)

Sidewalk closures

Closures of the sidewalk along Minnehaha Avenue have been occurring as needed for Minnehaha Avenue intersection reconstruction and for CenterPoint Energy's project to replace gas lines in the area (particularly on the east side of the street). CenterPoint Energy will be replacing any sidewalk portions that were removed for the gas line work.

Minnehaha Avenue sidewalk closures (PDF)

Metro Transit update

Some Metro Transit routes have been detoured from Minnehaha Avenue and local cross streets to avoid area construction. 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 July-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 not closed for reconstruction during construction. With the exceptions at 46th Street and 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

Stage two of construction is underway on Minnehaha Avenue between 42nd Street and 38th Street. Pavement removal will occur over the first few weeks, followed by utility reconstruction. Parking restrictions are posted, and through traffic is detoured around the construction zone. A lane will remain open for local traffic. Please remember that local businesses remain open and accessible.

Median construction on 46th Street between Snelling Avenue and 41st Avenue is ongoing through August, along with some miscellaneous final activities on Minnehaha Avenue between 46th Street and 42nd Street, such as paving the final layer of asphalt.

Night work

With the concrete shoulder paving, stress joints must be saw cut into concrete while it is hardening. That window of opportunity is short and dependent on conditions such as temperature and humidity levels. While the contractor will work to complete saw cutting as quickly as possible, there may be days when crews need to saw cut into the evening and night to ensure that the work is done properly and that we deliver a successful finished project.

The contractor will try to minimize nighttime work as much as possible. To stay updated on possible night work, please call the hotline at 612-930-4211 and dial a "1" for a recorded update on any anticipated work.

Can I buy paving stones found during the pavement removal?

Pavement removal work and earthwork on the project will be completed by a private contractor. The contractor is responsible for the removal and disposal of the pavement and underlying items such as paving stones (pavers). The destination of the pavers from this project is decided by the contractor. The city of Minneapolis has some pavers available for purchase from previous projects. More information can be found on the Minneapolis city website.

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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