Project background and overview
Hennepin County has been making improvements on the Glenwood corridor since 2017. This includes a project between highways 55 and 100 that narrowed motor vehicle lane widths and added bike lanes and sidewalks. A repaving project between Thomas and Aldrich avenues in Minneapolis also narrowed motor vehicle lane widths and added bike lanes.
As part of the preparation for the repaving of this segment, county and city partners evaluated opportunities to 1) improve mobility for all people using the nearly 2-mile corridor and 2) connect to existing facilities to the adjoining segments of Glenwood Avenue.
In 2018, the project team began to gather ideas and input by conducting studies, hosting an open house and forming a study group of interested Glenwood Avenue residents.
The study group met several times and identified potential design needs and concepts for this improvements project, as well as for future improvements.
With input gathered, project staff began working in 2019 on a final design.
Along with the upcoming project to extend the life of the pavement, the proposed corridor improvements include:
- Connecting with existing bike lanes by reconfiguring roadway shoulders as dedicated bike lanes
- Improving safety and comfort for all users by adding a buffer between motor vehicle and bike lanes
- Enhancing traffic calming by narrowing motor vehicle lane widths from 13 to 11 feet
In addition to the proposed improvements, project staff are evaluating other improvements opportunities such as:
- Improving landscaping near Highway 100
- Striping crosswalks at Natchez Avenue and Meadow Lane to align with city of Golden Valley plans