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Hennepin and First roadway improvements

County Road 52 in Minneapolis

Hennepin County is developing a design plan for roadway improvements on Hennepin and First avenues (County Road 52) between Main Street and 8th Street in Minneapolis.

Construction is expected to begin in 2023.

Planning 2020-2021, Design 2021-2022, Construction 2023, Complete 2023
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Project goals

The main goal of the Hennepin and First NE improvements project is to understand community transportation use and needs to inform the future pre-design and design of transportation projects in the area. Other goals of the project include:

  • Address safety and accessibility issues
  • Accommodate people walking and biking
  • Support business district along the corridor

Project location

Learning portal

We invite you to learn more about the project and the project area including:

  • How this project will move forward
  • What we understand the area to be based on characteristics
  • Existing features and future plans for biking, walking and using transit
  • Existing trends and data

Check out the learning portal.

Upcoming design engagement

We continue our public involvement and engagement work with the community.

Check this site again for other opportunities to provide your feedback.

Ongoing design engagement

Since early 2021, we have been working to define a set of possible designs for review that are reflective of what we have heard from the community. At this stage, we are taking additional time to coordinate with our project partners to develop concepts that best meet the goals of the project and the feedback we have received from the community.

Virtual corridor tour

Here’s a chance to experience the Hennepin and First corridor on your time, at your own pace and online. Use the links below to:

  • See the entire corridor we’re looking at
  • Explore what it feels like to walk, bike and drive the project area

Take the virtual corridor tour.

If you're still interested in sharing your feedback, check out the recorded presentation below, and be sure to share your feedback using the online comment card.

Previous design engagement

October 2020 – January 2021 engagement summary

Thank you to those participated! View the engagement summary (PDF).

December listening session

Thank you to everyone who attended the community listening session on December 10 to learn more about the project and share your vision for the future of Hennepin and First. View the listening session presentation (YouTube) (recorded).

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