46th Street pedestrian safety improvements

County Road 46 in Minneapolis

Hennepin County, in coordination with City of Minneapolis, Minnesota Department of Transportation and Metro Transit, is making pedestrian safety improvements at 21 intersections on 46th Street between Garfield and 18th avenues in Minneapolis. 

46th Street timeline

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Construction updates

First stage of construction nearly complete

For this stage, crews completed the majority of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant pedestrian ramps along the northern half at these intersections:

  • 18th Avenue
  • 16th Avenue
  • 15th Avenue
  • 14th Avenue
  • 13th Avenue

Crews will finish constructing the ADA-complaint pedestrian ramps this week:

  • Columbus Avenue
  • Oakland Avenue

Second stage of construction underway

Crews began work on the southern half of the intersections listed above. Construction of the pedestrian ramps is expected to take two weeks to complete.

Expect impacts where crews are working

People driving, biking, walking and rolling should expect lane, parking and sidewalk closures where crews are working. To maintain access, we will:

  • Maintain one lane in each direction for people driving
  • Temporarily combine dedicated bike and travel lanes as a shared lane
  • Restrict parking to accommodate through traffic
  • Keep adjacent city street entrances open
  • Keep one side of the sidewalks open

Project information

46th Street pedestrian safety improvements underway

Crews have begun the 46th Street (County Road 46) pedestrian safety improvements project in Minneapolis.

For the next four months, you will continue to see crews working on new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant pedestrian ramps at 21 intersections on 46th Street between 18th and Garfield avenues. 

Project background

The curb ramp improvements will add to the roadway improvements that were completed in summer 2016. Once constructed, the ADA-compliant pedestrian curb ramps will complete the transformation of the 46th Street corridor.

Key features of the project

For people walking and needing accessibility features

  • Americans with ADA-compliant ramps and sidewalk
  • Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS) and countdown timers at designated signalized intersections
  • Durable crosswalk markings 

Project corridor

Pedestrian safety improvements locations on 46th Street 

Pedestrian safety improvements locations on 46th Street

Pedestrian ramp improvements locations

  • Garfield Avenue
  • Harriet Avenue
  • Pleasant Avenue
  • Pillsbury Avenue
  • Wentworth Avenue
  • Blaisdell Avenue
  • 1st Avenue
  • Stevens Avenue: includes addition of APS and countdown timer 
  • 2nd Avenue: includes addition of APS and countdown timer 
  • 3rd Avenue
  • Clinton Avenue
  • 5th Avenue
  • Oakland Avenue
  • Columbus Avenue: includes addition of enhanced pedestrian crossing beacon
  • 13th Avenue
  • 14th Avenue
  • 15th Avenue
  • Bloomington Avenue: includes addition of APS
  • 16th Avenue
  • 17th Avenue
  • 18th Avenue

Construction staging

We are dividing construction into eight stages (segments). Each stage is scheduled to take approximately two weeks to remove and pour the new pedestrian ramps, as well as complete the other improvements work. Below is the list of all the stage work and locations.

  • Stage 1: Northern half of 46th Street on 18th, 16th, 15th, 15th, 13th, Colombus and Oakland avenues
  • Stage 2: Southern half of 46th Street on 18th, 16th, 15th, 15th, 13th, Colombus and Oakland avenues
  • Stage 3: Northern half of 46th Street on 17th, Bloomington, 2nd, 3rd, Clinton and 5th avenues
  • Stage 4: Southern half of 46th Street on 17th, Bloomington, 2nd, 3rd, Clinton and 5th avenues
  • Stage 5: Northern half of 46th Street on Garfield, Harriet, Pleasant, 1st and Stevens avenues
  • Stage 6: Southern half of 46th Street on Garfield, Harriet, Pleasant, 1st and Stevens avenues
  • Stage 7: Northern half of 46th Street on Pillsbury, Wentworth and Blaisdell avenues
  • Stage 8: Southern half of 46th Street on Pillsbury, Wentworth and Blaisdell avenues

Project background

Completed roadway project

The pedestrian safety improvements project will build upon the completed roadway improvements project that occurred in 2016.The roadway improvements include:

For people using the roadway

  • New pavement for a smoother ride
  • Striping configuration shift from a four-lane road to a three-lane road with a shared center turn lane

For people biking

  • Addition of dedicated bicycle lanes throughout the corridor
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