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42nd Street intersections improvements

County Road 42 in South Minneapolis

Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis are planning to improve safety and access at four intersections on 42nd Street (County Road 42) in South Minneapolis.

Construction is expected to begin in 2023.

The planned improvements at the Lake Street (County Road 3) and Cedar Avenue (County Road 152) intersection, will no longer be a part of this project.

Lake and 42nd streets project timeline
 
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Planned intersection designs

Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis are finalizing design work to improve the 42nd Street (County Road 42) intersections at Cedar, 21st, 26th and Nokomis avenues.

Since 2019, we engaged with the community and local partners to consider present and future needs at these intersections, including improving safety and access for those who use these roadways to walk, bike, roll, drive or use transit.

The project team has used input from our engagement efforts to develop detailed designs in 2021 that meet these goals. See each of the new intersections improvements designs below:

Thank you for your feedback

Thank you for your engagement and feedback on our initial designs for the Lake Street (County Road 3) and 42nd Street (County Road 42) intersections improvements project. We've received a lot of great feedback from many of you. Below is a link to the summary of open house responses and comments below.

Lake and 42nd streets intersection improvements open house summary (PDF)

View the online open house

You can also view the live online open house we held in spring 2021 for the Lake and 42nd streets intersections improvements project. We provided attendees with information including:

  • Project history,
  • Community concerns from previous engagements about the current intersections,
  • Initial proposed designs,
  • Project next steps, and
  • Additional projects planned on 42nd Street.

View the online open house recording below.

You'll hear from us again in 2022

We will continue to engage with the community to share project design and timeline updates to keep you informed. So all interested people should keep an eye on the project website and sign up to receive e-mail updates.

Project locations

In 2023, Hennepin County plans to make safety and access improvements at four intersections on 42nd Street (County Road 42). The five intersection locations are:

  • 42nd Street and Cedar Avenue
  • 42nd Street and 21st Avenue
  • 42nd Street and 26th Avenue
  • 42nd Street and Nokomis Avenue

Anticipated improvements

The project will update the existing intersections to meet present and future needs at these intersections, including improving safety and access for those who use these roadways to walk, bike, roll, drive or use transit. Improvements could include a combination of these features:

  • Curb extensions
  • Raised concrete medians
  • Dedicated bike lanes and paths
  • Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS)
  • Dedicated left-turn lanes

All four intersections will have updated pedestrian curb ramps that meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

Connections to agency and county safety plans

The proposed improvements also align with city and county safety plans, specifically:

  • Hennepin County’s Americans with Disabilities Act transition, pedestrian, bicycle transportation and roadway safety plans
  • City of Minneapolis’ Vision Zero Plan
  • Northrop Elementary Safe Routes to School (SRTS) plan
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