Washington Avenue (County Road 152)

Hennepin County, in coordination with the City of Minneapolis, is reconstructing Washington Avenue South (County Road 152) between Hennepin Avenue and Fifth Avenue South.

Utility crews will begin relocation work in March 2016, followed by county crews who will begin reconstruction work. The project is scheduled to be complete in 2017.

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Detours and road closings

Second Avenue South work

Starting Monday, June 27, utility crews will be working in the northeast corner of the intersection of Washington Avenue and Second Avenue South. As a result, there will be no right turns from westbound Washington Avenue onto northbound Second Avenue South. Motorists will be able to continue to turn left from westbound Washington Avenue onto southbound Second Avenue South. 

This work is expected last approximately four weeks. 

Washington Avenue detour 

Westbound lanes of Washington Avenue (County Road 152) in downtown Minneapolis are from Second Avenue South to Hennepin Avenue to begin upfront utility relocation work associated with Hennepin County’s road reconstruction project.


Utility crews will be working in this area with a detour in place until later this summer, when they will move further east on Washington Avenue to complete their work. Utility relocation work should be complete in 2016.


This detour for motorists and bicyclists will follow Second Avenue South, Third Street South, Hennepin Avenue and then return to Washington Avenue. There is no detour for pedestrians or eastbound Washington Avenue. 

Map of detour (PDF)

Construction schedule

Starting in spring 2016 and prior to the reconstruction, utility crews will be working in the area to relocate utilities.

County crews will follow behind the utility crews to begin the county’s reconstruction efforts. The reconstruction schedule is as follows:


  • Summer/Fall: Start work on westbound lanes


  • Spring: Complete work on westbound lanes  
  • Summer/Fall: Complete work on eastbound lanes

Anticipated construction staging plan (PDF)

Learn more

This section of Washington Avenue is part of County Road 152, which goes from Highway 62 in Minneapolis to County Road 81 in Brooklyn Park. County Road 152 is a turnback from the Minnesota Department of Transportation, who managed it when it was State Highway 52. The turnback status provides state money for completion of this project.  

When complete, the project will:

  • Add dedicated turn lanes at key intersections
  • Provide more space for pedestrians and shorten crossing distances at intersections
  • Provide one-way cycle tracks, or protected bike lanes

Final design for the reconstruction is in progress and is anticipated to be complete in April 2016. The project received approval of the preliminary layout from the Minneapolis City Council in 2014.

Although construction will end at Fifth Avenue South, the design was created to include the rest of Washington Avenue to I-35W. The concept plans will provide guidance as future projects are identified and as funding becomes available. 

Preliminary layout 3 - January 2014 (PDF 6MB)

Draft traffic operation analysis - April 2013 (PDF 9MB)

Existing conditions layout - May 2013 (PDF)

Land use context and typology - May 2013 (PDF 5MB)

Area wide plan - May 2013 (PDF 7MB)

Public involvement

A public meeting was held December 4, 2012. Attendees provided input on existing conditions, challenges, opportunities and preliminary alternatives.

Public involvement part 1 summary report (PDF 18MB) 

A second public meeting was held May 14, 2013 to gain public input on concept layout alternatives and urban design elements. Input was also gathered through online surveys and stakeholder meetings.

Public involvement part 2 summary report - July 2013 (PDF 12MB)

There was strong public feedback supporting a bicycle lane behind the curb to make it more accessible for bicyclists. Following these sessions, the staff developed Preliminary Layout 3.

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