Franklin Avenue corridor study

County Road 5 in Minneapolis

Hennepin County, in coordination with the City of Minneapolis, is conducting a feasibility study to evaluate ways to improve safety, accessibility and comfort for all road users along Franklin Avenue (County Road 5) from Lyndale (County Road 22) to Bloomington avenues in Minneapolis.

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More about Franklin Avenue

Franklin Avenue is a key east-west corridor near downtown Minneapolis with dense land uses and mixed-use buildings.

  • Franklin Avenue from Lyndale to Chicago avenues is a four-lane undivided roadway with off-peak parking at certain locations.
  • Franklin Avenue from Chicago to Bloomington avenues is a three lane roadway with on-street parking at some locations.
  • There are no bike facilities along this segment of Franklin Avenue, and sidewalks and curb ramps are generally in a poor state of repair.
  • This corridor is part of the City of Minneapolis’  Vision Zero High Injury Network, meaning that there are existing safety concerns for all people using the corridor
  • Franklin Avenue is served by Metro Transit’s bus routes 2 and 9.
  • Both the Hennepin County Bicycle Transportation Plan and the City of Minneapolis Bicycle Master Plan denote Franklin Avenue as a future bike route. 

Franklin Avenue corridor study one pager (PDF)

Public involvement

Previous outreach

Hennepin County performed a corridor study of this segment of Franklin Avenue between July 2019 and March 2020.

Hennepin County hosted an open house March 5, 2020.

Open house materials (PDF) 

Hennepin County also hosted an open house November 21, 2019.

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