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Franklin Ave SE and Bedford St SE - Intersection Improvements

Franklin Ave SE Bedford St SE

The City of Minneapolis proposes to simplify the intersection of Franklin Ave SE and Bedford St SE to improve the experience for all users, especially people walking. The proposed project is scheduled to start and finish in 2018. The project is funded by the City’s Pedestrian Safety Program and supports the City’s multidisciplinary commitment to Vision Zero – a strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries on Minneapolis streets.

Project Status

 Project Status: Completed

Project Goals

The project need originated from nearby residents during planning for the 2016 Franklin Ave SE resurfacing project. After further review, Public Works is proposing improvements to the Franklin Ave SE and Bedford St SE intersection that aim to:

  1. Make the intersection more “legible” for all users
  2. Reduce crossing distance for people walking
  3. Improve sightlines for people crossing Franklin Ave SE
  4. Reduce driver speeds on Bedford St SE

Project Schedule

Franklin Ave Project Schedule

Project Documents

Pedestrian Safety Program Fact Sheet

Franklin-Bedford Project Fact Sheet

Franklin-Bedford Original Intersection Concept (October 2, 2017)

Prospect Park Neighborhood Association Feedback (November 29, 2017)

Franklin-Bedford Updated Intersection Concept (February 6, 2018) 

Project Updates

August 9, 2018: Public Works will be starting construction on the project on August 13, 2018.  The project duration is expected to be six weeks.

There will be traffic impacts during these work activities.  While it is anticipated that eastbound Franklin Ave will be maintained to through traffic for the duration of the project, a detour of westbound Franklin Ave will be required for up to two weeks during the storm sewer work. Bedford St, north of Franklin, will be closed for the duration of the project. There will be times that Bedford St, south of Franklin, will be closed.  Please be patient and understanding as the work progresses and plan ahead for these circumstances.

See the suggested detour route below.

Franklin-Bedford detour

November 3, 2017: Public Works will be attending the regularly scheduled Prospect Park Association Transportation Committee meeting on Tuesday, November 14 at 7pm to share information about the project and answer questions. The meeting is located at the Hampton Inn at 2812 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414.

February 12, 2018: Public Works received a lot of feedback on the original intersection concept proposed in October of 2017. Feedback was received from nearby residents and property owners, the Prospect Park Association Transportation Committee, and the Minneapolis Pedestrian Advisory Committee. Community feedback was generally supportive of some type of change at the intersection, although most community members did not believe the original proposed concept addressed the existing issues. In response to this feedback, Public Works developed an updated concept that attempts to better respond to the existing issues at the intersection.

The main features of the updated concept include:

Public Works will be meeting with the following groups to gather feedback on the updated concept.

Minneapolis Pedestrian Advisory Committee
February 15, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.
Minneapolis City Hall, 350 5th St S, Room 212

Prospect Park Association Transportation Committee
February 20, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
2828 University Ave SE, Suite 200

If you have any questions or feedback on the updated concept, please contact the project staff below.


If you would like to learn more about the proposed project, request additional information, or share your ideas, please visit the project website or contact the project team using the contact information provided below. 

Simon Blenski, Project Planner
[email protected]

Bill Fellows, Project Engineer
[email protected]

Tracy Lindgren, Construction Engineer
[email protected] 

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Last updated Apr 25, 2019



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