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

Virtual open house

Public Works will be hosting a Virtual Open House to provide a project update and to present the recommended concept design for Grand Avenue. Participate using the link below.

Recommended concept design

A draft conceptual design for the Grand Avenue Reconstruction Project was presented in January 2020. Since then Public Works has revised the design concept based on what we heard from community members and a field review of the technical constraints in the corridor to develop a recommended design concept. The recommended design concept includes a wider pedestrian realm with sidewalks and boulevards, bump-outs or curb extensions at most intersections, chicanes or mid-block alignment shifts, and two-sided on-street parking for parts of the corridor and alternating one-sided parking 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, stormwater and greenery. This design will also maintain vehicle and commercial access throughout the corridor.

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. To keep stakeholders informed and to continue to advance the project, the project team has recorded a narrated slide show to present the recommended conceptual design and address frequently asked questions.

Virtual meetings

To learn more about the project and to get answers to your questions, participate in one of the virtual meeting options 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.

Next Steps

The project team will refine the draft conceptual design based on community feedback, technical constraints, and policy direction, and then present the resulting design as a recommendation to the Policy & Government Oversight Committee (POGO) of the City Council in August 2020.

Draft concept design

Video presentation

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.

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.

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)   

Timeline

2019 and previous

Public Works collected corridor data and competed an existing conditions study

Summer 2020

Project engagement and preliminary design

Summer 2020

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

Fall 2020

Final engineering/design

2021

Project construction expected to begin 

Survey results

See the results of the Phase 1 Survey 

Project updates

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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

Pedestrian330
Bicycle80
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
Pedestrian113%
Bicycle205%
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.  

Contacts

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

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

 

Last updated Jul 16, 2020

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