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Penn Avenue improvements

County Road 2 in Minneapolis 

Hennepin County, in coordination with the City of Minneapolis, is planning to make improvements to Penn Avenue (County Road 2) between 12th and 15th avenues in Minneapolis.

Construction is anticipated to begin in May 2021.

Project timeline showing planning and design phases are completed. Construction and project completion are expected for 2021.

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Learn more about the 2021 Penn Avenue improvement project

Hennepin County will make improvements on Penn Avenue North between 12th and 15th avenues in Minneapolis starting Spring 2021.

We are coordinating this project with the City of Minneapolis as part of an ongoing effort to make meaningful infrastructure investments, enhance transportation and transit services and improve safety on Penn Avenue.

View the online open house

We hosted an online open house on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 to provide the public with information on the upcoming improvement project.


To only view the presentation slides, click on the link below.

Penn Avenue online open house presentation (PDF)

This project is an extension of the overall Penn Avenue Community Works program. This program is dedicated to making meaningful infrastructure improvements and enhancing transportation and transit service, and improving safety throughout the Penn Avenue corridor in North Minneapolis. For more information about the program, go to the Penn Avenue Community Works webpage. 

Planned improvements on Penn Avenue between 12th and 15th avenues will focus on safety and improved accessibility:

  • Narrowing lane widths between Plymouth and 14th avenues to reduce vehicle speeds.
  • Constructing concrete bump-outs at the 14th Street intersections to reduce crosswalk distance and improve access for people walking and rolling.
  • New pedestrian ramps and accessible pedestrian signals that meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards.
  • Constructing concrete medians at both ends of the Plymouth Avenue intersection to improve traffic flow.
  • Installing new utility systems ahead of the NorthPoint campus expansion project.
  • New street lighting matching City of Minneapolis’ street standards.

In addition to these improvements, existing roadway features such as pavement, curbs and gutters will be replaced.

Additional projects nearby

The City of Minneapolis is set to reconstruct Plymouth Avenue between Xerxes and Penn avenues starting spring 2021. Construction activities for this project will occur during the same timeframe as the work on Penn Avenue. We are coordinating with the city's project staff.

For more information about this project and to receive updates, go to the Plymouth Avenue reconstruction webpage.

Hennepin County

Penn Avenue improvements

NorthPoint campus expansion

City of Minneapolis

Plymouth Avenue reconstruction

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