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.
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
- 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
- Minimize disruption to the existing pedestrian amenities installed on the east side of the street
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.
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, 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:
- The Two-Way Slow Street design does the best job of balancing Public Works project goals as well as project priorities expressed by stakeholders.
- The curbless design allows for future operational flexibility; meaning it makes it simpler to convert this block to a full pedestrian mall if the land use context in the area changes.
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Tracy Lindgren, Construction Engineer; 612-290-5898 or [email protected]
Adam Hayow, Design Engineer; 612-673-2172 or [email protected]lismn.gov
Last updated Apr 22, 2020