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Midtown Greenway pedestrian and bikeway safety improvements

Hennepin County will make safety improvements at seven intersections for people who walk, bike and roll on the Midtown Greenway in Minneapolis.

Construction is began in May 2021.

Project timeline showing planning and design phases are completed. Construction and project completion are expected for 2021.

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Midtown Greenway safety improvements project underway

On Wednesday, May 5, Hennepin County began making safety improvements on the Midtown Greenway in Minneapolis. This project includes updates at the following seven intersections:

  • James Avenue
  • Irving Avenue
  • Humboldt Avenue
  • 5th Avenue
  • 28th Street East
  • Hiawatha Avenue (Highway 55)
  • Minnehaha Avenue

Construction process and timing

We will begin construction at James and Humboldt avenues and move east. Some intersections will be worked on at the same time. There are a total of seven intersections to complete.

We anticipate construction activities at each intersection will take two to three weeks to complete, but it may vary depending on the location, work required and weather.

Access and impacts during construction

While we will maintain access on the Greenway for much of the project, there will be some intersection work requiring short-term, full closures. When crews are working at 28th Street and Minnehaha Avenue, people will need to use local roads and paths as detours.

Similarly, we expect traffic on most of the roads to remain open. However, we will need to close James Avenue, 5th Avenue, and 28th Street for some work at those intersections. People driving will need to use nearby streets.

We will provide updates prior to these closures, and detour maps will be available here. We will also have signs on-site to guide trail and vehicle traffic around the closures.  

Project locations

The seven Midtown Greenway intersections planned for improvements are:

  • James Avenue
  • Irving Avenue
  • Humboldt Avenue
  • 5th Avenue
  • 28th Street East
  • Hiawatha Avenue (Highway 55)
  • Minnehaha Avenue

Planned improvements

All seven intersections will be upgraded with:

  • New pedestrian curb ramps that meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards
  • New curbs, sidewalks, and trails at the crossing locations
  • Added high-visibility trail crossing markings

Other safety improvements include:

  • Upgraded curb extensions at James, Irving, Humboldt, and 5th avenues to shorten trail crossing distances and enhance visibility of the trail crossing.
  • A raised trail crossing at 5th Avenue to slow people driving and encourage them to yield to Greenway users.
  • Updated overhead pedestrian crossing beacons (flashing signals) at 28th Street and Minnehaha Avenue.
  • New raised medians at Minnehaha Avenue intersection to provide a protected refuge area for Greenway users.

Project history

In 2016, Midtown Community Works partners (Hennepin County, the City of Minneapolis, the Midtown Greenway Coalition and the Lake Street Council) completed extensive research and community engagement along the Midtown Greenway to evaluate existing conditions, collect community feedback and identify potential corridor improvements. 

The Midtown Connections plan presents a series of recommendations, including pedestrian and bikeway safety improvements.

Making the Connection: Midtown Greenway to Lake Street plan 2016 (PDF) 

These 2021 safety improvements are the result of the collaborative plan and the potential design solutions it identified. For more information and details about the plan, go to the Midtown Community Works webpage.

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