East Hennepin Avenue improvements

County Road 52 in Minneapolis

Hennepin County, in partnership with City of Minneapolis, is making improvements on East Hennepin Avenue (County Road 52) between 8th Street Southeast and Johnson Street. These improvements are being made to meet current and future needs for people walking, biking, rolling and driving.

Work will be completed in two different phases, with construction activities expected to begin for the second phase in summer 2020.

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2019 construction activities

In 2019, Hennepin County improved pedestrian curb ramps at 10 intersections between Harrison Street and Stinson Boulevard. These improvements make it easier and safer for people crossing the street along the corridor. Most intersections are complete, but construction will resume in spring 2020 to complete remaining locations.

Updated project layout (PDF)

2020 improvements

Improvements in 2020 include the following:

  • Constructing the remaining pedestrian curb ramps
  • Repaving the roadway for a smoother ride
  • Converting the roadway from four to three lanes for a portion of the corridor
  • Adding on-street bike lanes
  • Enhancing the crossing at 5th Avenue
  • Adding new spaces for people biking and walking between 5th Avenue and Pierce Street NE to improve access to Presidents Bike Boulevard

The city and county are working together to make improvements across the corridor. For more information on the Presidents Bike Boulevard crossing and trail improvements, visit the City of Minneapolis’ project website.

Anticipated timeline

  • Summer 2019: community engagement
  • Fall 2019: design
  • Summer 2020: construction

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More about the bike and pedestrian improvements

Once the improvements are completed, people walking and biking will have a dedicated space, making the corridor safer for all users.

The improvements between 5th Avenue and Pierce Street will fill a gap in the Presidents Bike Boulevard, a key bike route for people traveling between downtown and Northeast Minneapolis.

This segment of the East Hennepin Avenue corridor is identified as a future on-street bicycle facility in both the Hennepin County 2040 Bicycle Transportation Plan and the City of Minneapolis Bicycle Master Plan. It is also identified as a Minneapolis Walking Route for Youth.

Public involvement

Upcoming outreach events

Future outreach events will be posted here.

Previous outreach event

Open house – design

County staff hosted an open house on July 9, 2019.

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