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Girard Ave S Reconstruction Project

In 2020, the City of Minneapolis will reconstruct Girard Ave S between Lake St and Lagoon Ave.

Utility work will begin in April 2020, with major reconstruction beginning in May 2020. During construction, the street will be closed to traffic. The roadway work is anticipated to be substantially complete by the end of 2020, with landscaping likely occurring in the Spring of 2021.

2020 Girard Ave S Webmap 10-9-18

Project status

Project Status: Construction

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.

Public Works project goals

Existing conditions

Existing Pedestrian and Vehicular Use

Many people walk along Girard Ave, especially late in the evenings on weekends. In late evenings on weekends, as many as 200 pedestrians per hour have been counted along Girard Ave S. During the weekday, the number of pedestrians is nearly as many as the number of drivers. Late in the evening, the number of pedestrians is much higher than the number of drivers, as shown in the graphs below.

On average, drivers are traveling along Girard Ave S at 13.7 MPH, with 5% of drivers driving over 22.1 MPH.

Walking Figure 1

Walking Figure 2

Other Use

Freight deliveries, as well as restaurant delivery services (i.e. Bite Squad, etc.) were all observed on Girard Ave S, however no formal delivery counts are available.

A steady stream of people on bicycles were observed using Girard Ave S, however no formal bicycle counts are available.

Girard Ave S Existing Photo
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.

Council approved layout

City Council approved the Girard Ave S layout in June 2019. This layout shows a Two-Way Slow Street design for the block of Girard Avenue South between Lake Street and Lagoon Avenue.

View and download the Girard Ave Council-approved design layout

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.

Future flexibility: Curbless Design

Public Works recommended that Girard Ave S be designed as a ‘curbless’ street to allow for future operational flexibility.

What is a ‘Curbless’ Street? 

A curbless street is designed with a single flat surface without curb separation between the vehicular and pedestrian zones (i.e. the sidewalk, furnishing zones, and street are all at the same level). Curbless streets provide separate vehicular and pedestrian zone, which is distinctly different from a shared street design (i.e. where the street is designed for pedestrians to comfortably mix with vehicles). Instead, curbless streets are designed to provide flexible and accessible space for festivals, farmers markets, and other special activities. 

Why is Public Works constructing a Two-Way Curbless Slow Street?

Public Works recommended this conceptual design because:

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Tracy Lindgren, Construction Engineer; 612-290-5898 or [email protected]

Adam Hayow, Design Engineer; 612-673-2172 or [email protected]


Last updated Apr 22, 2020



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