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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 began in May 2021.

Project timeline for the Midtown Greenway improvements
 
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Enjoy an improved Midtown Greenway experience

The Midtown Greenway safety improvements project is nearing its end, as crews completed all concrete and paving work for the new ramps, sidewalks and curb extensions at the six intersection crossings.

People using the Midtown Greenway can now enjoy these safer crossings and a better experience overall.

Final construction activities to wrap up soon

We do have a little more work to do. So, look for crews on-site at various times during the next few weeks working on the following:

  • Striping the high-visibility trail crossing markings
  • Installing wayfinding signage
  • Installing new crossing signal buttons at 28th Street, Minnehaha Avenue and Hiawatha Avenue

The Greenway will remain open while crews complete the final activities. We ask Greenway users to stay aware, use caution and look for signs about activities.

Humboldt Avenue intersection

Construction to improve the Midtown Greenway intersection at Humboldt Avenue will now happen in 2022 as part of Metropolitan Council's East Isles sewer improvements project. To learn more about the project, visit the Met Council's project page.

Greenway crossing photos

James Avenue

New Midtown Greenway crossing at James Avenue.

Irving Avenue

New Midtown Greenway crossing at Irving Avenue.

5th Avenue

New Midtown Greenway crossing at 5th Avenue.

28th Street

New Midtown Greenway crossing at 28th Street.

Hiawatha Avenue

New Midtown Greenway crossing at Hiawatha Avenue.

Minnehaha Avenue

New Midtown Greenway crossing at Minnehaha Avenue.

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, visit the Midtown Community Works webpage.

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