Minnehaha Avenue (County Road 48)

The Hennepin County Transportation Department in partnership with the City of Minneapolis is currently developing final design plans for the reconstruction of Minnehaha Avenue from East 46th Street 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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Public involvement

Public meetings were held on September 30 and October 2 and in July to provide information about the Minnehaha Avenue design concepts and to gain public input on the proposed improvements and area enhancement elements. 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 or provided your thoughts and ideas to date.

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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 highlights

  • Two 11-foot travel lanes
  • Two 8-foot parking lanes (state aid variance required)
  • Enhanced on-road bicycle lanes with a 1.5-foot buffer
  • Reduced pedestrian crossing distances
  • Dedicated left turn lanes on Minnehaha Avenue at 46th Street, 38th Street, 32nd Street, 31st Street, and Lake Street
  • Dedicated southbound right turn lane on Minnehaha Avenue at 42nd Street
  • Improved alignments of skewed intersections at 37th Avenue, 36th Avenue, 31st Avenue, 33rd Street, 32nd Street, and 27th Avenue
  • Improved pedestrian facilities (ADA compliance - handicapped access)
  • Utilities – storm sewer, watermain, sanitary sewer, gas, lighting

Project documents

Approved Preliminary Layout (PDF)
Visualizations (PDF)

Timeline

Minnehaha Avenue reconstruction is scheduled to begin in 2015 and last two construction seasons.  Due to extensive underground utility work, Hennepin County is planning to close the road in four block segments, maintaining access to residential and business driveways.

Proposed utility work and excavation limits (PDF)

Anticipated construction schedule

2015 construction season

Work duration Dates  Location of work
4 months  April 2015 to July 2015 46th Street to 42nd Street
4 months  July 2015 to November 2015 42nd Street to 38th Street

2016 construction season

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