Community engagement and outreach
Prior to the design of the bridges and intersection below, Hennepin County and project partners evaluated opportunities to improve safety and mobility for all people.
Starting in spring 2019, the project team conducted surveys, attended local community meetings and events with the goal of identifying design needs and concepts for this reconstruction project.
Thank you for your feedback!
We thank everyone who participated in the survey on how to make the bridges and intersection below work better for your community.
Below are some key findings based on 387 survey responses and feedback.
When asking about concerns of the current bridges and intersection, more than 78 percent mentioned one of these three concerns. Shown in this graphic, top concerns were:
- Intersection safety
- Pedestrian and bicycle safety
- Bridge and intersection connections
View the full summary of the survey results (PDF)
Project staff have been active in the local community since spring 2019, participating in Minneapolis and Robbinsdale events in spring and summer 2019. We met area residents and businesses, shared proposed improvements and answered questions.
There will be additional opportunities to meet with project staff at future events to learn more about the project, and as we finalize design. Event updates will be posted here.
Preliminary design open house
The project hosted a preliminary design open house on October 8, 2019 to provide the public with information on preliminary design improvements at the West Broadway Avenue Bridges and the intersection below connecting Theodore Wirth and Victory Memorial parkways, and Oakdale and Lowry avenues.
Preliminary design renderings available
Using feedback received from the community through the community survey and at events in Robbinsdale and Minneapolis, project staff created preliminary designs with community-focused improvements for the new bridges and intersection, including:
- Shortening trail crossings providing safer intersection crosswalks for people walking, biking and rolling.
- Redesigning ramp connections allowing for improved sight distance and safer merging.
- Improving trail connections to provide additional access for people walking, biking and rolling to regional trails nearby.
Community focused improvements (PDF)
Rendering of the proposed redesign of the intersection. View from Oakdale Avenue (PDF)
Rendering of the proposed redesign of the intersection. View from Theodore Wirth Parkway (PDF)