Franklin Avenue corridor study

Hennepin County, in coordination with the City of Minneapolis, is conducting a feasibility study to evaluate ways to improve safety, accessibility and comfort for all road users along Franklin Avenue (County Road 5) from Lyndale Avenue (County Road 22) to Bloomington Avenue in Minneapolis.

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More about Franklin Avenue

Franklin Avenue is a key east-west corridor near downtown Minneapolis with dense land uses and mixed-use buildings.

In its current form, Franklin Avenue is a four-lane undivided roadway with off-peak parking at certain locations. There are no bike facilities along this segment of Franklin Avenue, and sidewalks and curb ramps are generally in a poor state of repair. This corridor is part of the City of Minneapolis’ Vision Zero High Injury Network, meaning that there are existing safety concerns for users of all modes.

There are many opportunities to improve transportation along the corridor. Franklin Avenue is served by two Metro Transit bus routes (routes 2 and 9), and both the Hennepin County Bicycle Transportation Plan and the City of Minneapolis Bicycle Master Plan denote Franklin Avenue as a future bike route.

Public involvement

Upcoming outreach

Hennepin County will perform a corridor study of this segment of Franklin Avenue. The study will identify both short and long-term options for corridor improvements. A repaving project is scheduled by Hennepin County for 2021 from Lyndale Avenue to 35W; short term improvements will be coordinated with this effort as possible.

The study is scheduled to begin in July 2019 and will conclude in March 2020. Public input is a key component of this study, and there will be multiple opportunities for residents, businesses, and people who travel through the corridor to provide feedback on their needs and concerns for Franklin Avenue.

Attend the open house

Thursday, November 21
4 to 7 p.m.

Plymouth Congregational Church
Room 205
1900 Nicollet Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55430

Open house display boards (PDF)

Submit your feedback

As part of the study process, we're collecting input on locations along the corridor that could be improved for people rolling, walking, biking, taking transit and driving. Please add your comments to this Franklin Avenue corridor map.

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