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Hennepin and First roadway improvements

County Road 52 in Northeast Minneapolis

Hennepin County is developing a design plan for roadway improvements on Hennepin and First avenues (County Road 52) between Main Street and 8th Street in Northeast Minneapolis.

Construction is expected to begin in 2024.

Planning 2020-2021, Design 2021-2023, Construction 2024, Complete 2024
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June 7 listening session

Thank you to everyone who attended the virtual listening session on June 7. If you missed it, view the recommended concept below and keep an eye on the website for a recording of the open house next week.

Previous design engagement

November 2021 listening session

Thank you to everyone who attended the virtual listening session on November 17. If you missed it, check out the recorded presentation and be sure to share your feedback on potential roadway concepts using the online comment card.

Design virtual corridor tour

The project team developed a virtual corridor tour. This allows you to view the project corridor at your own pace online. Take the virtual tour to:

  • See the entire corridor we’re looking at
  • Explore what it feels like to walk, bike and drive the project area

Ongoing design engagement

Since early 2021, we have been working to define a set of possible designs for review that are reflective of what we have heard from the community. At this stage, we are taking additional time to coordinate with our project partners to develop concepts that best meet the goals of the project and the feedback we have received from the community.

October 2020 – January 2021 engagement summary

Thank you to those participated!

View the engagement summary (PDF).

December 2020 listening session

Thank you to everyone who attended the community listening session on December 10 to learn more about the project and share your vision for the future of Hennepin and First.

View the listening session presentation (YouTube).

Recommended concept

We have developed the following recommended concept based on the analysis and evaluation prepared for the project as well as in response to the feedback previously received.

Link to recommended concept (PDF)

Concept sections

The project has been meeting with the community and gathering comments and input. Additional information about this engagement is provided in the public involvement section of this webpage.

The following are two proposed designs based on this feedback and are current as of December 2021.

Project goals

The main goal of the Hennepin and First avenues improvements project is to understand community transportation use and needs to inform the future pre-design and design of transportation projects in the area. Other goals of the project include:

  • Address safety and accessibility issues
  • Accommodate people walking and biking
  • Support business district along the corridor

Project location

Learning portal

We invite you to learn more about the project and the project area including:

  • How this project will move forward
  • What we understand the area to be based on characteristics
  • Existing features and future plans for biking, walking and using transit
  • Existing trends and data

Check out the learning portal.

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