Girard Ave S Reconstruction Project
In 2020, the City of Minneapolis is reconstructing the block of Girard Ave S between Lake St and Lagoon Ave.
Utility work began in April 2020, and major reconstruction is currently underway. During construction, the street is closed to traffic. The roadway work is anticipated to be substantially complete by fall 2020, and landscaping will take place in Spring 2021.
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Girard reconstruction goals
- Prioritize people's ability to walk comfortably to, from, and along Girard Ave S
- Provide a bicycle connection from the Midtown Greenway to Calhoun Square
- Accommodate business deliveries
- Accommodate drop-off and pick-up of visitors to the area
Council approved layout
City Council approved the Girard Ave S layout in June 2019. This layout includes a Two-Way Slow Street and curbless street design for the block of Girard Avenue South between Lake Street and Lagoon Avenue.
What is a 'Slow Street'?
Slow streets function much like a traditional street, however they provide an improved pedestrian experience along streets with lower vehicle speeds and volumes.
What is a 'Curbless' Street?
A curbless street is designed with a single flat surface without curb separation between the vehicle and pedestrian spaces. This means the sidewalk, furnishing zones, and street are all at the same level. Curbless streets are designed to provide flexible and accessible space for festivals, farmers markets, and other special activities.
Project design update: Raised crossings
Public Works is no longer including raised crossings on the Girard Ave S project. This decision was made due to elevation differences between Girard Ave S, Lake St and Lagoon Ave that were encountered during detailed design.
The intent of the raised crosswalks was to slow vehicles as they entered Girard Ave S from Lake St and Lagoon Ave Public Works. There are multiple elements still included in the design that will slow vehicles on this block, including:
- Tight corner radii that force vehicles to drive very slowly as they enter Girard Ave S
- Narrow travel lanes on Girard Ave S that will reduce vehicle speeds on Girard Ave S
- Vertical landscape treatments near the edge of the street that will further add to the narrow feel of the corridor
Why are the raised crossings no longer included?
As the Girard Ave S project moved into detailed design, it was found that Girard Ave S is significantly lower than Lake St and Lagoon Ave. To build the raised crossings as they were shown in the layout, Public Works would have to reconstruct 315 feet of Lake St and Lagoon Ave, at an approximate cost of $1,250,000. This extra cost is not possible to accommodate within the existing project budget; therefore, Public Works is no longer including the raised crossings in the design.
What will the crossings look like now?
The final crossing design will now be mostly flat, with the entrance to Girard Ave S having more of a driveway entrance feel instead of a raised crossing. Multiple elements will be included in the design to assist people with sight impairments as they use the crossing including contrasting truncated dome pedestrian ramps and APS signal systems.
Selection of Girard Ave S
Girard Ave S was selected as a reconstruction project based on the City's 20 Year Streets Funding Plan framework. The framework prioritizes capital projects using a data-driven approach with a focus on racial and economic equity. Girard Ave S was selected as a reconstruction candidate based on the many people that walk along the street coupled with the street's poor pavement condition.
Girard Ave S, looking north along the block
The Girard Meander
The 2008 Uptown Small Area Plan recommends that Girard Ave S should be redesigned as the Girard Meander, a pedestrian spine between the Greenway, Mozaic and Calhoun Square.
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Last updated Jul 13, 2020