Washington Avenue (County Road 152) restriping project

Hennepin County, in coordination with the City of Minneapolis, will be restriping Washington Avenue South (County Road 152) between 5th Avenue South and I-35W. The new striping configuration will add bike lanes and full day parking to this section of Washington Avenue.

This work is currently scheduled to take place summer of 2017.

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Project overview

The current proposal will:

  • Remove one vehicle lane in each direction
  • Add bike lanes in each direction
  • Add full time parking on both sides

Washington Avenue corridor

This restriping project is being done in conjunction with the Washington Avenue reconstruction project between Hennepin Avenue and 5th Avenue South. Together, the projects will improve conditions for all road users along the Washington Avenue corridor in downtown Minneapolis. A similar restriping project was completed in 2015 between Plymouth and Hennepin avenues.

Public involvement

Public meetings

A presentation was given to the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association in June of 2016. The presentation covered previous and upcoming work on Washington Avenue and presented the proposed design for Washington Avenue between 5th Avenue South and I-35W.

Design 

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

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.

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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