County and partners engage to develop pilot study
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.
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.
After the pilot was implemented, we engaged with Lyndale Avenue users to learn about their experiences with the restriped road and the intersection enhancements at 25th and 27th streets. The attached infographic shows the engagement highlights from July 2022 to April 2023
Engagement infographic- July 2022 to April 2023 (PDF)
Before implementing the 4- to 3-lane pilot, we heard from residents and Lyndale Avenue users, listening to what they wanted, were excited for, concerned about, and liked. The attached infographic shows the engagement highlights from April to July 2022.
Engagement infographic - April to July 2022 (PDF)
Changes made in 2022
Three-lane design becomes permanent
In July 2022, the county restriped Lyndale Avenue between Franklin Avenue and 31st Street from four to three driving lanes: one travel lane in each direction with a center turn lane. This pilot project provided an opportunity to observe the benefits and impacts to Lyndale Avenue and the surrounding neighborhoods.
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 throughout the pilot project.
After conducting traffic analysis and collecting feedback from people along the corridor, the county has decided to keep the three-lane restriping in place.
25th and 27th street intersections improvements become permanent
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 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