Grand Ave S Reconstruction (Lake Street - 48th Street West)

In 2021, the Minneapolis Public Work Department plans to reconstruct 2.24 miles of Grand Ave S between Lake St and 48th St W. Reconstruction projects include complete replacement of the street infrastructure including pavement, curb and gutter. Sidewalk and boulevard condition are evaluated and are often included in the street reconstruction as well. Street reconstruction often provides an opportunity for safety enhancements, greening and other amenities.

Grand Ave S Reconstruction Webmap

Draft concept design

Video presentation

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the project team is not currently attending in-person meetings per guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health. The project’s preliminary design timeline has been extended to allow for additional engagement that aligns with social distancing guidance. To keep stakeholders informed and to continue to advance the project, the project team has recorded a narrated slide show to present the draft conceptual design and address frequently asked questions.

Please watch the Grand Avenue Reconstruction, Project Update - Video Presentation, which includes information summarizing Public Works’ draft conceptual design. This presentation provides background information, summarizes tradeoffs, highlights technical challenges, and describes the project’s design elements.

If you have questions after watching the video, please email or call project staff - see contact information below.

Contact information

Dan Edgerton, Transportation Planner

If the phone is busy when you call, please leave a message and staff will return your call as soon as possible.
The project team greatly appreciates your willingness to participate in the City’s engagement efforts for the Grand Ave Reconstruction project.

Next steps

The project team will be working to refine the draft conceptual design based on community feedback, technical constraints, and policy direction. The project team intends to present a design recommendations to the Policy & Government Oversight Committee (POGO) of the City Council in early summer of 2020. 

Please note that the City Council approved a modification of its operating structure that reduces the number of meetings and transitions to a one-week cycle. The changes are intended to streamline and flatten the council's structure to be more flexible and responsive to community needs during the local public health emergency while adhering to health guidelines. You can learn more about these changes on the City's Legislative Meeting webpage.

Draft design concept

The draft conceptual design for the Grand Avenue Reconstruction Project includes a wider pedestrian realm with sidewalks and boulevards, bump-outs or curb extensions at most intersections, chicanes or mid-block alignment shifts, and on-street parking on one-side for parts of the corridor and parking on both sides in other parts. This design will improve safety for all users, encourage safer travel speeds, greatly improve the pedestrian experience, support transit operations, and add space for plantings and greenery. This design will also maintain vehicle and commercial access throughout the corridor.

Meeting dates

Introductory (Phase I engagement)

Southwest Business Association - July 10th, 2019

Southwest Business Association & Lake Street Council - August 14th, 2019

Lyndale School back-to-school open house - August 29th, 2019

Kingfield Neighborhood - Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 - MLK Park Rec Center, 4055 Nicollet Ave - Meeting starts at 7:00pm; Grand Ave item approximately at 8:00pm

Tangletown Neighborhood - Monday, September 16th, 2019 at 7:00pm - Fuller Park Rec Center, 4802 Grand Ave S

Lyndale Neighborhood - Monday, September 23rd, 2019 at 6:30pm - Painter Park Rec Center, 620 West 34th Street

Kingfield Farmer's Market - Sunday, October 20th, 2019. 8:30am - 1:00pm - 4310 Nicollet Ave. S Minneapolis 


Preliminary Concept Design (Phase II engagement)

Project Open House - Preliminary Concepts - Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm (brief presentation at 6:30pm)

Painter Park Recreation Center - 620 W 34th St. Minneapolis, MN 55408


Project Open House - Preliminary Concepts - Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 - 2:30pm - 4:30pm (brief presentation at 3:00pm)

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park Recreation Center - 4055 Nicollet Ave. S Minneapolis, MN 55409


Final Concept Design (Phase III engagement)

Site specific property and business coordination - ongoing

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out the FAQ flyer for up-to-date project information and answers to your questions.

Grand Ave S Reconstruction Project - Frequently Asked Questions

Project status

Project Status: Engagement
           2019                          2019 - 2020                      2021 (start)   


2018 and previous

Public Works collected corridor data and competed an existing conditions study

Late Summer & Fall 2019

Project engagement and preliminary design

Winter 2019/2020

Public Works to provide a staff recommendation to City Council for layout approval

Spring - Fall 2020

Final engineering/design


Project construction expected to begin 

Survey results

See the results of the Phase 1 Survey 

Project updates

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Open house schedule

January 2020

Monday, January 27, 2020
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Presentation at 3:30 p.m.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park
Recreation Center
4055 Nicollet Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55409

Thursday, January 30, 2020
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Presentation at 6:30 p.m.
Painter Park Recreation Center
620 W 34th St
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Concept Layout - North (Lake St to 39th St)
Concept Layout - South (39th St to 48th St)

November 2019

The City of Minneapolis held two public open houses to share updates, answer questions and collect feedback on concepts for the reconstruction of Grand Avenue S between Lake Street and 48th St W.

Evening Open House
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Presentation at 6:30 p.m.
Painter Park Recreation Center
620 W 34th St. Minneapolis, MN 55408

Afternoon Open House
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
2:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Presentation at 3:00 p.m.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park Recreation Center
4055 Nicollet Ave. S Minneapolis, MN 55409

Open House Presentation

Open House Poster Boards

Open House Summary          

Project goals

The goals of this reconstruction project include:

Existing conditions

Grand Ave S Existing Conditions Photo

This segment of Grand Ave S is a collector street serving the Lyndale, Kingfield, and Tangletown neighborhoods. The adjacent land use is primarily residential in character, with a mix of single family homes and multifamily apartment buildings. There are several commercial nodes along the corridor, including at the intersections of Lake St, 36th St W, 38th St W, 46th St W, and 48th St W. Additionally, there are two schools located along the corridor at 34th St W and 38th St W and a park located at 48th St W and Grand Ave S. Washburn High and Justice Page Middle School are located one block southeast of the project.

 See the Grand Ave existing conditions study for more information.

Estimated Number of Daily Users

Bus boardings522
Motor vehicles1,150 - 2,100

Reported Crashes

Reported crashes by travel mode on Grand Ave S (Lake St - 48th St W, 2011-2015)

 Reported crashes% of total crashes
Motor vehicle35092%
Total crashes381 

Project funding

This project is being funded from a variety of sources including Municipal State Aid, Net Debt Bonds, and Special Assessments. For general information on the City's assessment process, visit this link.  


Dan Edgerton, Project Planner; 612-207-5722 or [email protected]

Beverly Warmka, Project Engineer; 612-673-3762 or [email protected]   


Last updated Apr 30, 2020



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