Portland Avenue bicycle and pedestrian link

County Road 35 in Minneapolis and Richfield

Hennepin County, in coordination with City of Minneapolis, City of Richfield, Minnesota Department of Transportation and Metro Transit, is preparing to reconfigure a segment of Portland Avenue between 60th and 66th streets.

Construction is tentatively planned for 2020.

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Project information

Portland Avenue is among the county’s most biked corridors. It connects downtown Minneapolis and north with the Interstate 494 employment corridor, Minneapolis-St. Paul airport and the southeast metro.

The project will complete a critical bicycle transportation link on Portland Avenue. It will install protected bikeways, improve facilities for pedestrians and convert a portion of the road from four to three lanes.

Key features of the project

For people walking and needing accessibility features

  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant ramps and sidewalk
  • Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS)
  • Durable crosswalk markings
  • Countdown timers

For people on bikes

  • New dedicated trail

For people using transit

  • Enhanced bus shelters
  • Enhanced wayfinding signage

Safety improvements and updates for all users

  • Additional dedicated turn lanes
  • New traffic signal mast arms
  • Revised locations for traffic signals based on usage data and safety needs

Next steps

  • Minneapolis and Richfield city council approvals of project concept in March 2019
  • Final design during 2019
  • Construction anticipated to begin in 2020

Community engagement and outreach

Previous events

City of Richfield public meetings

  • Transportation Commission meeting (held Wednesday, February 6, 2019)
  • City Council work session (held Monday, February 11, 2019)
  • City Council meeting (held Tuesday, February 26, 2019)

City of Minneapolis public meeting

Design outreach event

Hennepin County and the cities of Richfield and Minneapolis held an outreach event in August 2018 about the upcoming project on Portland Avenue (County Road 35) between 60th Street and 66th Street (County Road 53).

Portland Avenue bike gap report (PDF)

Project information sheet (PDF)

Four to three lane conversion information (PDF)

Land acquisition

The acquisition of privately-owned real property is sometimes necessary when making improvements to county roads. The document below provides information to those whose land must be either partially acquired or acquired in its entirety by Hennepin County. This document is shared directly with these individuals. It is provided here as a resource for anyone who may have misplaced the document.

Any questions can be directed to:

Hennepin County Public Works
Land Acquisition Group
1600 Prairie Drive
Medina, MN 55340-5421
612-596-0324

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