Portland Avenue safety improvements

County Road 35 in Bloomington

Hennepin County, in partnership with the City of Bloomington, will be making safety improvements along Portland Avenue between American Boulevard East and Old Shakopee Road. Construction is expected to begin summer 2018.

Improvements are being made to better meet current and future needs of people driving, walking, biking and commuting through the area. 

Improvements planned for this corridor include:

  • Smoother ride surface 
  • Converting from 4-lane road to 3-lane road, one through lane in each direction and a shared left turn lane in the center
  • Providing on-street bike lanes
  • An enhanced pedestrian crossing at East 82nd Street with street lighting

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Learn more about the project

Paving begins August 20

Curbs have been replaced between on Portland Avenue (County Road 35) between 81st Street and Old Shakopee Road (County Road 1). Starting Monday, August 20, crews will repave Portland Avenue South.

This work will be done in stages. First, the existing road will be ground away (milled). Then, new road will be paved (overlaid). To complete the work, new striping and pavement markings will be added. This corridor will be reconfigured from a four lane road to a three lane road, including a shared turn lane.

Due to the nature of this work and the weather, the exact start and finish dates may vary. Weather permitting, repaving work is expected to be completed in roughly one week.

Signal removed

As a result of a traffic study that began in February 2018, the signal at East 82nd Street was permanently removed this year. 

Public involvement

Open houses

Hennepin County, in partnership with the City of Bloomington, held two open houses for the reconstruction of Portland Avenue in 2017. More information can be found on Bloomington's website.

Hennepin County staff will continue to have on-going meetings with local residents. If you have comments, questions or if you would like to talk to project staff please contact Nate Hood at nathaniel.hood@hennepin.us.

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