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Lyndale Avenue South safety improvements

County Road 22 in South Minneapolis

Hennepin County, in coordination with the City of Minneapolis and other partners, is working to address safety concerns for the popular Lyndale Avenue South (County Road 22) corridor between Franklin Avenue (County Road 5) and Lake Street (County Road 3) in South Minneapolis. 

 
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Ongoing commitment

Hennepin County continues to communicate and engage with the community. Since the community listening session in 2019, the county has been gathering data and reviewing engineering for Lyndale Avenue. With new efforts underway to make improvements, the county will provide additional opportunities to engage regarding Lyndale Avenue.

One way to stay informed is to sign up for updates at the bottom of this page. In addition, participate in ongoing outreach and provide feedback on the upcoming 4- to 3- lane pilot project that will be implemented this summer.

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Additional opportunities

Prior to the three-lane pilot striping, we are providing engagement opportunities to inform the community of the changes. Once the roadway has been repaved and restriped, we will again be out in the community to collect feedback on the benefits and challenges of the lane changes.

We are also presenting to community organizations and will be staffing informational tables where people frequent and gather. Sign up for project email updates below or check back here for more details on these events.

Previous engagement activities

4- to 3-lane pilot project open house

On Wednesday, April 20, Hennepin County staff hosted a virtual open house for the 4- to 3-lane pilot project coming this summer. Lyndale Avenue will be restriped to establish one lane in each direction with a center turn lane between Franklin Avenue and 31st Street.

Couldn't attend or have comments? Visit our interactive map and comment board to give input: https://bit.ly/PinLyndale

Rendering showing the 4- to 3-lane conversion for the pilot project on Lyndale Avenue South between Franklin Avenue and 31st Street

Community listening session

In 2019, Hennepin County hosted a community listening session to gather input about the safety needs and desires for Lyndale Avenue. Information from this meeting was collected and has been used by the county as it has moved forward to address community concerns.

Identifying key challenges and mitigation strategies

Hennepin County continues to track and evaluate this important corridor for safety and operational challenges. This includes researching, reviewing and exploring potential mitigation strategies to alleviate the issues by working with our city partners and other stakeholders.

Improving safety for all users

Hennepin County continues to make improvements along the corridor, while also pursuing a future reconstruction project as part of our Capital Improvement Plan. Previously, the county implemented temporary changes at 25th and 27th streets intersections. In 2021, the county will be updating the work at these intersections. In 2022, we will be resurfacing the driving surface and piloting striping changes (additional details below).

Ensuring access for businesses and residents along the corridor

Lyndale Avenue is a lively and popular corridor that is home to several businesses. In addition, it is a key connector for residents who live in the area. Work on this corridor will include engaging with businesses and residents to ensure they are heard as they discuss their overall needs and desires.

Engaging with the community

We will continue our efforts to engage with the community, including to gather feedback and personal experiences, and share back what we have heard and learned.

Hennepin County public works staff will be evaluating a 4- to 3-lane conversion pilot project on Lyndale Avenue South between Franklin Avenue and Lake Street beginning in June 2022. A pilot project will allow an opportunity to observe the impacts of this change to this segment of roadway and neighborhood, which is an important next step to help inform a future vision for the corridor.

Prior to making these changes, county staff is working with the City of Minneapolis on important elements to successfully implement this project. Currently, we are working on the details of striping changes from four lanes (two lanes in each direction) to three lanes (one lane in each direction with a center turn lane). We are working through design details and continue communications and engagement with nearby residents, businesses and other stakeholders.

We anticipate restriping the roadway in conjunction with a needed pavement resurfacing project in June 2022. Doing so will extend the life of the pavement and maximize the visibility of the new pavement markings.

As part of the pilot, the county will be tracking and evaluating crashes, speed and impacts to pedestrians, transit, delivery, parking and overall traffic. We will also be seeking feedback from the community about how they think the restriping has changed the corridor. This will help inform the future vision of this corridor.

25th and 27th streets intersections improvements resumed Tuesday, April 19

On Tuesday, April 19, crews returned to Lyndale Avenue South at the 25th and 27th streets intersections to finish work begun last year, including:

  • Constructing the new center medians
  • Adding a new streetlight at the 25th Street intersection
  • Installing new flashing beacons for people crossing the road at the intersections
  • Striping crosswalks and travel lanes 

We will maintain access at both intersections for people walking, rolling, biking and driving during construction. 

We anticipate work at these intersections to take four to six weeks to complete as weather permits. 

About this project

In 2021, crews began the safety improvement work on Lyndale Avenue South at the 25th and 27th street intersections. The safety improvements being installed at the 25th and 27th street intersections will:

  • Improve crossing experience for people walking and rolling
  • Increase visibility of people walking and rolling in the area
  • Reduce number of conflict points for people using Lyndale Avenue South for biking, walking, rolling and driving

25th and 27th streets intersection improvements (PDF)

Project feedback and general comments

To provide feedback regarding the safety improvements on Lyndale Avenue South, your most efficient resource will be to use the project comment form.

Submit your comments using the Lyndale Avenue input form.

Project specific inquiries

You may also use the contact information for more specific needs

Contact

Josh Potter, P.E.
Project manager (design)
josh.potter@hennepin.us
612-596-0820

Media requests

Colin Cox
Transportation media contact
colin.cox@hennepin.us
612-596-7426

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