43rd St and Nicollet Ave S Traffic Safety Improvements

In 2017, Minneapolis Public Works installed interim safety improvements at the intersection of 43rd Street and Nicollet Avenue to shorten pedestrian crossings, encourage slower driving speeds, increase visibility of intersection users and improve intersection safety for all users. In 2021, Minneapolis Public Works plans to install permanent safety improvements at the intersection. This project presents an opportunity to evaluate modifications to the interim treatment and may include additional curb extensions, a pedestrian refuge median, lighting improvements and/or greening elements.

Project goals

The goals of this project include:

Project schedule

Fall-Winter 2020

Preliminary Planning, Design and Engagement

Winter-Spring 2021

Detailed Engineering and Design

Summer 2021

Anticipated Implementation

Existing conditions

43rd and Nicollet Existing Photo

Average number of daily users

Source: Minneapolis Bicycle & Pedestrian Counts at Nicollet north of 46th St (2016) and Minneapolis Public Works at Nicollet north of 46th St (2015), Metro Transit (2019).

Reported crashes

Type of CrashPre-Treatment (2014-2016)Post-Treatment (2017-2019)*
Fatal or serious50%0%
Fatal or serious0%0%
Total crashes126
Crashes related to 43rd33%33%

Source: CIty of MInneapolis Crash Data (2014), MnCMAT (2015-2019)

*The Department of Public Safety expanded the definition of “serious injury” for crash reports starting in 2016 to align with federal standards, which makes it impossible to directly compare data before and after 2016.

Traffic safety improvement examples

43rd and Nicollet Traffic Safety Example Photo_1

Center median with pedestrian refuge

43rd and Nicollet Traffic Safety Example Photo_2

Curb extension


Kelsey Fogt, Project Planner, [email protected] or 612-790-7132

Nathan Kemmer, Project Engineer, [email protected]

Last updated Dec 1, 2020



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