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.
Piloting striping changes in 2022
Hennepin County public works staff have been considering and evaluating a 4- to 3-lane conversion pilot project. 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). This fall, we need to work 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 summer 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 transit, delivery, parking and overall traffic. We will also be seeking feedback from the community about how they feel the restriping has changed the corridor. This will help inform the future vision of this corridor.
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.