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Lyndale Avenue South safety improvements

County Road 22 in South Minneapolis

Hennepin County, along with the City of Minneapolis, Metro Transit and other partners, continues to work on improving safety for all users on Lyndale Avenue South (County Road 22) between Franklin Avenue and 31st Street. 

 
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In July 2022, the county restriped Lyndale Avenue between Franklin Avenue and 31st Street from four driving lanes to three: one travel lane in each direction with a center turn lane. This is a pilot project and provides an opportunity to observe the impacts of this change to this segment of roadway and the surrounding neighborhoods, which is an important next step to help inform a future vision for the corridor.

Photo of Lyndale Avenue

County staff worked with the City of Minneapolis, Metro Transit and other stakeholders on important elements to implement this pilot project including the details of striping changes from four lanes to three lanes. We also communicated and engaged with nearby residents, businesses and other stakeholders prior to the restriping.

What’s next?

Hennepin County will continue to analyze the benefits and impacts of the 3-lane design through February 2023. Community input will be especially important at this stage and will also be collected through the winter. Lyndale businesses, residents and users can watch for communication about the future reconstruction design of Lyndale Avenue in spring 2023. Check back here for updates. 

We want to hear from you

As part of the pilot, the county will be tracking and evaluating benefits and impacts to people walking and rolling, transit, deliveries, parking and overall traffic. We are also seeking feedback from the community about how they think the restriping has changed the corridor.

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This will help inform the outcome for the pilot and overall future vision for the corridor.

Additional opportunities

With the 3-lane design in place, we continue to seek feedback from all Lyndale Avenue users, residents and businesses.  We will continue to communicate and gather feedback from community organizations and will be staffing informational tables where people frequent and gather. Additionally, watch for a survey coming soon to share your input. 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

In April 2022, Hennepin County staff hosted a virtual open house for the 4- to 3-lane pilot project.

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.

25th and 27th street intersections improvements project is complete

In 2022, crews completed the safety improvement work on Lyndale Avenue at the 25th and 27th street intersections. The improvements made at the 25th and 27th street intersections included:

  • New center medians
  • Upgraded pedestrian ramps that are Americans with Disabilities Act compliant
  • New flashing beacons to alert road users of people crossing at the intersections

The redesigned intersections will help:

  • 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 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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