Penn Avenue improvements project scheduled to begin this Monday
On Monday, May 10, Hennepin County is scheduled to begin construction activities at Penn Avenue (County Road 2) between 12th and 15th avenues in Minneapolis.
This project is part of Hennepin County’s ongoing efforts to make Penn Avenue a safer, more transit-friendly street.
Over the next five months, we will update this segment to improve safety and accessibility for people who walk, roll and use transit and improve the experience for people who drive on Penn Avenue.
Up to three-month closure when construction begins
When construction begins, Penn Avenue will close to vehicle traffic for up to three months. The closure will allow crews to complete the required underground utility and roadway work to reopen to traffic and complete construction.
Through traffic: use the signed detour
During the closure, people driving should use the following detour:
- Olson Memorial Highway (Highway 55)
- Lyndale Avenue
- West Broadway Avenue (County Road 81)
Using the signed detour will keep you from experiencing additional delays and getting frustrated. And, it will help local streets stay safe for the individuals and families who live and play in the area.
We will maintain a sidewalk path for people walking and rolling to access local destinations and to travel through the construction site. Expect sidewalk access changes and exercise caution as the area will be an active construction site.
Map of the signed detour route during the Penn Avenue closure. For a larger view of the map, select the following link: detour route.
Getting to NorthPoint and other destinations
How you get to NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center and other destinations on Penn and Plymouth avenues will change during the closure. We will maintain access to nearby parking and sidewalk access to your destination.
Please use the detour and follow the posted signs to get to your destination.
Metro Transit routes and bus stops to shift
Metro Transit routes and stops along this segment on Penn Avenue will shift to nearby streets during the closure. Below are the expected temporary reroutes and bus stops during the Penn Avenue closure. Signs will be posted at each of the bus stop locations.
Metro Transit reroutes during the closure starting May 10 for two weeks. For a larger view of the map, select the following link: Transit route change (JPG)
Metro Transit reroutes during the closure from late May to July. For a larger view of the map, select the following link: Transit route change (JPG)
City of Minneapolis reconstruction of Plymouth Avenue
The City of Minneapolis will reconstruct Plymouth Avenue between Xerxes and Penn avenues. Construction activities for this project will occur from May through November 2021. We are coordinating with their project staff.
For more information about this project and to receive updates, go to the Plymouth Avenue reconstruction webpage. Visit www.minneapolismn.gov/government/projects/plymouth-ave-n/.