Near North Safe Routes To Schools green stormwater infrastructure

Learn more about green infrastructure on Near North Safe Routes to Schools

About the project

The Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS) makes it safer for kids to travel to and from school and around the neighborhood. The Near North SRTS Project includes 8 bioretention basins into bump-outs and 5 planted traffic circles. These bioretention basins collect water from the road, let it soak through engineered media that removes pollutants, and then cleaner water goes back into the storm system. The basins and the traffic circles reduce impervious area, add space for trees and native plants, and improve water quality. 

  • Type of green infrastructure: Bioretention basins, sustainable landscaping, vegetated traffic circles 
  • Completion date: 2022 
  • Functions: 
    • Removes trash and pollutants from the water 
    • Collects rainwater from the roads, sidewalks, and buildings and cleans it before it flows to the city’s river, lakes, and streams 
    • Adds native plants and trees, and protects existing trees 
    • Creates a community amenity  
    • Combines safety and environmental goals 
Green corner between two sidewalks full of plants
plants behind a curb
Established plants in a boulevard between sidewalks

Contact us

Surface Water & Sewers

Public Works




Public Service Center
250 South 4th St, Room 300
Minneapolis, MN 55415

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Office hours

Monday – Friday
7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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