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Whittier International Elementary School

In 2021, the City of Minneapolis, in partnership with Minneapolis Public Schools, plans to implement pedestrian safety improvements around Whittier International Elementary School as part of the Safe Routes to School program.

Whittier School SRTS Map

Project background

The City of Minneapolis partnered with Minneapolis Public Schools to create a safe routes to school plan for Whittier International Elementary School in 2018. The City then used the plan to apply for a grant from the Minnesota Department of Transportation to help fund improvements at three intersections near the school:

City Staff are collecting data and engaging with Whittier staff, students and the surrounding community to identify potential treatments. Upon completion, the proposed project will improve bicycle and pedestrian safety near Whittier International Elementary School. Pedestrian improvements for this project may include signal upgrades, ADA-compliant curb ramps, curb extensions, pedestrian refuge medians, signage, traffic control devices, and enhanced pavement markings.

Project concepts

The City of Minneapolis is partnering with Whittier International Elementary School to make traffic safety improvements at two locations near the school. The goal of the project is to improve safety for students walking to school. To meet this goal, the project will reduce vehicle speeding and enhance pedestrian crossings.

View the Whittier Safe Routes to School project concept flyer

Community meeting

Minneapolis of Public Works staff will hold an informational meeting to discuss proposed pedestrian safety improvements near Whittier International Elementary. The meeting will be held via Microsoft Teams at 1 p.m. on October 8, 2020.

Informational Community Meeting

How to join

The easiest way to join the meeting is from a personal computer by clicking on the meeting link then continue on the browser (no need to download the MS Teams app) OR by using your phone and dialing (+1 612-276-6670) then entering meeting ID (804 149 598#) when prompted.

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Whittier Safe Route School & Whittier/Lyndale bikeway surveys

Please take the following survey and let us know what you think about the proposed improvements for Whittier Safe Routes to School and Whittier/Lyndale Bikeway Projects.


Detailed project map

Project schedule

Spring/Summer 2020

Develop project layout and seek input on intersection design

Fall 2020

Present design to City Council for approval


Construction and opening


Mike Samuelson, Transportation Planner, 612-673-3884 or [email protected]

Nathan Kemmer, Project Engineer, 612-673-3274 or [email protected]

Last updated Oct 6, 2020



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