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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 67th streets.

Construction is planned between March and October 2021.

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Tree removals

County crews will begin tree removals and trimming along the project corridor as soon as mid-March, a prime time of year for this work. For this project, this work will provide required clearance for people walking, biking and rolling when the project is complete.

In addition, crews from Xcel Energy will also be on site performing tree removals and trimming as required for overhead power line clearance.

If your property is directly along the corridor you may see crews on or near your property. Please be careful while crews are on site removing trees and preparing for construction.

This work may also require short term parking restrictions and lane closures to maintain a safe working environment for you and our crews. We will maintain traffic in both directions during this work, however there may be some delays. Please allow for extra time and drive safely around crews.

Utility repairs and relocations

In addition to tree removals and trimming, you may see private utility companies performing utility repairs or relocations through the corridor this spring.

While this work is separate from our project, the utility companies are performing this work to ensure that their facilities are up-to-date and in locations that will not conflict with our work.

Construction activities and staging

As soon as early April, initial work such as temporary signal installation will begin. This is in advance of the actual construction on the project, which could begin as soon as May. We anticipate work being completed by the end of October.

There will be two weekend closures of the intersection of Portland Avenue and 60th Street, along with a three week closure of the Highway 62 (Crosstown) ramps. Otherwise, Portland Avenue will remain open to traffic during the duration of the project.

We will provide more details about the project, timing, and closure dates, on the project website as we get closer to construction beginning.

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 southeast Hennepin County.

The project will complete a critical bicycle transportation link on Portland Avenue. It will install 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
  • On-street bike lanes

For people using transit

For people who live and work along the corridor

  • Retain portion of parking in Minneapolis
  • Improve access for all people going to local businesses

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 2019 - 2020
  • Construction between March and October 2021

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)

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

Hennepin County

  • Zach Rothstein, project engineer construction
  • Josh Potter, project engineer design

City of Minneapolis

City of Richfield

  • Olivia Wycklendt, project engineer construction
  • Jack Broz, project engineer design

Metro Transit

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