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Glenwood Avenue (downtown Minneapolis) improvements

County Road 40 in Downtown Minneapolis

Hennepin County, in partnership with the City of Minneapolis and Metropolitan Council, is developing designs for the improvement of Glenwood Avenue (County Road 40) between Aldrich Avenue and Seventh Street in Downtown Minneapolis.

The start of construction is dependent on the Southwest Light Rail Transit (LRT) project schedule.

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Glenwood Avenue closed for Southwest LRT

In July 2019, Glenwood Avenue (County Road 40) closed between Lyndale Avenue and 11th Street in Minneapolis.

This closure is needed for Metropolitan Council to reconstruct the Glenwood Avenue Bridge over the Cedar Lake Regional Trail as part of the Southwest Light Rail Transit (LRT) project.

Closure timing

Glenwood Avenue will be closed for approximately two years.

Getting around the closure

During the closure, the detour for people driving will use:

  • Lyndale Avenue
  • Olson Memorial Highway (Highway 55)
  • 7th/10th Street

The detour for people walking, rolling and biking will use:

  • Lyndale Avenue
  • 3rd Avenue
  • Border Avenue
  • Holden Street
  • Royalston Avenue

Access to local businesses within the closure area will be maintained.

For more information

To learn more about the Southwest LRT project, including this work on Glenwood Avenue, visit

If you have urgent Southwest LRT construction issues such as blocked access to business or residential areas, improper traffic sign placement or parking issues, call the 24-hour hotline at 612-373-3933.

If you have general, non-urgent questions, contact David Davies, Southwest LRT community outreach coordinator for Minneapolis, at or 612-373-5336.

Purpose of the project

The following purpose and need has been identified for this project to align with Hennepin County’s Southwest Light Rail Transit (SWLRT) Community Works investment framework/Royalston transitional station area action plan (TSAAP):

  • Improve pedestrian and bicycle connectivity to help generate transit ridership at Royalston Station
  • Strengthen connections to nearby neighborhoods by improving facilities, streetscapes and street crossings for pedestrians and bicyclists
  • Embrace corridor redevelopment visions of a dense multi-use commercial corridor
  • Accommodate the SWLRT bridge reconstruction by Metropolitan Council and the Minneapolis desired extension of Border Avenue
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