Hennepin South Reconstruction (W Lake Street to Douglas Avenue)
Hennepin Avenue between Douglas Avenue and West Lake Street is programmed in the City’s Capital Improvement Program for reconstruction in 2023. Beginning in 2018, Public Works conducted preliminary planning work in order to submit an application for federal transportation funding through the Metropolitan Council’s Regional Solicitation. Public Works was awarded these funds in early 2019.
Public Works hosted two virtual open house meetings to present the project background, introduce potential design concepts and get public input on the project.
The meetings took place on the following days:
- Tuesday, September 22, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, September 30, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
- View the Open House #2 Presentation
- View the design concept materials: Open House #2 Design Analysis and Concepts
- Provide your input on the corridor here (available through October 23): Interactive map
- Leave your comments here (available through October 23): Comment form
- Summary of frequently asked questions from virtual meetings: September 2020 FAQ
The objectives of the future reconstruction project will aim to provide the following design elements:
Improve the sidewalk and intersections for all users, install durable pavement markings and crosswalks, and support pedestrian activities with space for planting and furnishing zones where feasible.
- Evaluate bicycle network connectivity, as the City’s Bicycle Master Plan identifies this corridor as a future on-street bikeway and bicycle lanes should be considered when the street is reconstructed.
- Provide space for enhanced transit stops compatible with future METRO E Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service.
- Replace aging traffic signal, sanitary sewer, and stormwater infrastructure.
- Maintain and enhance mobility and circulation for transit and motor vehicles.
Public Works has identified Hennepin Avenue between Douglas Avenue and West Lake Street as a future reconstruction candidate, driven primarily by its pavement condition, multimodal connections, number of daily users, and opportunity to better plan for Metro Transit’s future METRO E Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).
Hennepin Avenue serves an estimated 770 to 3,400 people walking, 220 to 280 people biking, 6,600 transit users, 400 buses, and between 15,000 and 31,500 people driving per day. Hennepin Avenue is constrained throughout the corridor and identifying priorities may require trade-offs. Public Works relies on planning guidance and community input to inform the design of streets like Hennepin Avenue.
Bus Lane Pilot
Past public meetings
Public Meeting #1 - Open House
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Jefferson Community School
1200 26th Street West
Minneapolis, MN 55405
Public Meeting #1 Materials:
Becca Hughes, [email protected], 612-673-3594
Last updated Oct 16, 2020