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Lowry Avenue corridor improvement

County Road 153 in Minneapolis

Hennepin County, in collaboration with the City of Minneapolis, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Metro Transit and the six Lowry Avenue Northeast corridor neighborhoods plan to reconstruct Lowry Avenue NE (County Road 153) between Marshall Street NE and Johnson Street NE in Minneapolis.

Engagement activities for both phases will begin summer 2021. Construction on Phase I between Washington and Johnson streets NE is anticipated to begin in 2023 and be completed in late 2024.

Phase II (Lowry Avenue between Marshall and Washington streets NE) is a separately funded project and will be constructed after the completion of Phase I.

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Hennepin County is updating the roadway design for Lowry Avenue between Washington and Johnson streets NE for construction beginning in 2023. The goal is to make the corridor safer, welcoming and overall more livable to all users by implementing bicycle and pedestrian facilities and enhancing the streetscape to support a vibrant small business corridor.

“Livable Lowry” is the county-led engagement effort that represents the project’s goal to support life on the street, including the daily activities of residents, businesses, patrons and visitors to the corridor.

Livable Lowry artwork by Philipo Dyauli

We are currently in the design phase of the project, with the first phase of construction slated to begin in 2023 and the second phase of construction planned for completion in 2024.

The county’s engagement team wants to hear from you! Are you a resident, business owner, store patron, community member, student, transit user, or visitor? What does a Livable Lowry look like for you? Tell us at an upcoming in-person or online event from the menu of upcoming opportunities. Learn more about some of our past activities and where to find us next.

Upcoming opportunities

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Hennepin County has been investing in how to improve Lowry Avenue since 2000.

Partners and the community have been trying to improve how people live, commute, walk, bike, etc. by participating in conversations and developing plans, etc.

Lowry Avenue Plan

In 2000, Lowry Avenue community works project convened partners and the community to develop a vision for the Lowry Avenue corridor. The resulting 2002 Lowry Avenue corridor plan guided the complete reconstruction of Lowry Avenue N between I-94 and Theodore Wirth Parkway in 2009.

The roadway was narrowed west of the Mississippi River to accommodate on-street bicycle lanes, wider sidewalks and tree-lined boulevards. This work included:

  • Installation of on-street bike lanes from 4th Street to Theodore Wirth Parkway and Victory Memorial Drive, providing the first east-west bike connections through North Minneapolis
  • Construction of five miles of sidewalk upgrades, including ADA ramps and other pedestrian enhancements at key intersections
  • Planting the boulevards and medians with more than 400 trees and other vegetation and permeable soils that reduce stormwater runoff

These efforts required some intersection improvements and related property acquisition at the Lowry intersections of Penn and Lyndale avenues. These acquisitions addressed blighted properties that were attracting crime and helped to create redevelopment opportunities for new housing and business expansion at both intersections.

The Hawthorne Eco-Village will bring transformation and energy-efficient housing to the Lyndale intersection, and Lowry Community Works continues ongoing efforts to redevelop the Emerson/Fremont area across from the North Regional Library.

Learn more about the Lowry Avenue Plan.

Lowry Avenue North reconstruction

In 2014, Lowry Avenue community works project convened the partners and community to develop a vision for the Lowry Avenue corridor east of the Mississippi River to complement the process that was conducted for the corridor west of the river. The resulting 2015 Lowry Avenue corridor plan resulted in adopted designs for different segments, including:

  • Reconstruction of Lowry Avenue between Marshall Street and Central Avenue with wider sidewalks, wider boulevards and three travel lanes
  • Reconstruction of Lowry Avenue between Central Avenue and Stinson Boulevard with wider sidewalks, wider boulevards, two travel lanes and two east- and west-bound bicycle lanes on either side of the street

Related plans, studies and reports

2015 Lowry Avenue Corridor Community Works Plan

Throughout 2014, Lowry Avenue Community Works worked with project partners and the Lowry Avenue northeast communities to update their vision for Lowry Avenue. This vision is documented in the Lowry Avenue Northeast Corridor Plan and Implementation Framework. The plan identifies opportunities for:

  • Bicycle and pedestrian improvements along the Northeast corridor
  • Infrastructure improvements and redevelopment opportunities at six intersections, at Marshall Street Northeast, 2nd Street Northeast, University Avenue Northeast, Washington Street Northeast, Monroe Street Northeast and Central Avenue Northeast

Learn more about the 2015 Lowry Avenue Corridor Community Works Plan (PDF).

2002 Lowry Avenue Corridor Plan

The Lowry Avenue 2002 Corridor plan set vision for the Lowry Avenue corridor from Theodore Wirth Parkway to Stinson Boulevard and provided the foundation for the improvements along Lowry Avenue North. The appendices provide background data, including information on the housing market, commercial land use, development possibilities, and traffic and transportation analysis.

Learn more about the 2002 Lowry Avenue Corridor Plan (PDF).

Central Avenue Metro F Line

The METRO F Line will serve the Central Avenue corridor, largely replacing Route 10 from downtown Minneapolis to Northtown Mall via Central and University avenues.

Sign up for F Line project emails to be notified when planning starts in early 2022.

Learn more about the Central Avenue Metro F Line.

Johnson Street NE reconstruction (City of Minneapolis)

The City of Minneapolis will reconstruct Johnson Street NE between18th and Lowry avenues Northeast. Additional updates will include:

  • New signs and pavement markings
  • New sidewalks
  • Pedestrian curb ramps that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Bicycle accommodations
  • Pavement, curb and gutter improvements
  • Utility improvements

Learn more about the City of Minneapolis' Johnson Street NE reconstruction.

How is this process different from the previous process and study conducted in 2014?

  • Local policies and plans have been updated and refined since the plan was adopted, including the Hennepin County Climate Action Plan (2021), City of Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan (2018), the City of Minneapolis Transportation Action Plan (2020), and the City of Minneapolis Street Design Guidelines (2021). The existing corridor designs will be updated during this design phase in 2021 through 2022 to align with these newer plans.
  • Additionally, funding for the construction project was allocated in the Hennepin County five-year 2021 Capital Budget and 2021-2025 Capital Improvement Program, which will fund the specific engineering studies needed to finalize the design and detailed engineering plans before reconstruction begins in 2023 through 2024.

What was the recommended design from the 2014 plan process?

  • Reconstruction of Lowry Avenue between Marshall Street and Central Avenue with wider sidewalks, wider boulevards and three travel lanes.
  • Reconstruction of Lowry Avenue between Central Avenue and Stinson Boulevard with wider sidewalks, wider boulevards, two travel lanes and two east- and west-bound bicycle lanes on either side of the street.

What are the possible design changes under consideration for the reconstruction?

  • Although designs are preliminary, our engineering team is exploring different transportation options, such as bikeways, shared use paths and streetscape improvements oriented towards people walking and rolling, transit users, and for businesses.
  • This design process also includes detailed parking study and analysis.

When will reconstruction happen?

  • Lowry Avenue between Washington and Johnson streets NE is scheduled to begin construction in 2023 and be complete at the end of 2024.
  • Lowry Avenue between Marshall and Washington streets NE is schedule to begin construction in 2025 and be complete at the end of 2026.

How can I get involved or learn more about the project?

  • There are several ways to get involved with the project and stay up to date. Please use the “subscribe” button to receive monthly newsletter and public meeting notices.
  • Opportunities for virtual and in-field engagement activities will be regularly posted under the Community Involvement section of this website, as well as cross posted to Hennepin County’s social media accounts, including Facebook and Twitter.

Project team

Hennepin County

City of Minneapolis

Stakeholder Advisory Committee

The Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) will guide the Livable Lowry process by helping to identify communities, organizations, user groups, populations and others that should be consulted in the engagement process as well as providing valuable input and feedback on design concepts and engineering considerations. The SAC will meet twice each year during the design phase (2021-2022) for a total of four committee meetings.

Applications now open

Applications are now open, apply today to serve on the Livable Lowry SAC.

The first SAC meeting will take place virtually via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. The second SAC meeting is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, October 6, 2021. The third and fourth SAC meetings will occur in 2022.

Livable Lowry SAC application

Community artist and project collaborator

Philipo Dyauli

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