PV141 Grand Ave S (Lake St W to 48th St W)


Project Details:

Project Start Date: 4/15/2021

Ongoing Program: Y/N

Submitting Department: Public Works

Contact Person: Forrest Hardy

Level of Need: Significant

Estimated Project Completion Date: 11/15/2022

Department Priority: 35 of 74

Contact Phone Number: (612) 673-5951

Website: TBD


Project Location:

Address: Grand Ave S

City Sector: Southwest

Affected Neighborhoods: Lyndale, Kingfield, Tangletown

Affected Wards: 8, 11

Lake St W to 48th St W


Project Description:

The proposed project will reconstruct approximately 2.24 miles of Grand Ave S between W Lake St and 48th St W. Currently, the existing corridor includes sidewalk on both sides of the street, two traffic lanes, and two parking lanes. The area along the project corridor includes a range of residential densities (many multi-family properties in the north half and single family properties in the south half) with commercial properties at many intersections, including commercial node at 38th St W and lower density commercial zones at 46th St W , and 48th St W. The project is a reconstruction project involving the entire right-of-way and will include new sidewalks, ADA pedestrian ramps, pavement, curb and gutter, and utility improvements. The project will also include signal improvements, new signage, and new pavement markings, as needed.

Purpose and Justification:

This project is intended to improve the right-of-way for all users and modes of travel. The street was built between 1953 and 1958 and is rated “fair” according to the City’s Pavement Condition Index (PCI) rating scale, as measured in 2017. These segments of Grand Ave S have a pavement surface that is beyond its expected useful life. This project provides an opportunity to incorporate ADA compliant curb ramps, add boulevards with trees, and address sidewalk obstructions. This corridor serves an estimated 330 people walking, 80 people biking, and between 1,100 and 2,100 people driving per day.

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Partnerships


Have Grants for this Project been secured?

No


Describe status and timing details of secured or applied for grants or other non-City funding sources:

No grant or non-city funding has been secured at this time.


Describe any collaborative arrangements with outside project partners, including who they are and what their role is with the project:

Hennepin County, Metro Transit and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB). City staff will coordinate with Metro Transit on any proposed stop or route changes that impact the corridor as well as any future enhancements such as transit shelters, etc. City staff will also work closely with the MPRB to determine if tree removal needs to occur along the corridor, as well as to determine new locations for street trees within the existing/future boulevard areas.


Planning


State Law Chapter 462.356 (Subd. 2) requires review of all capital improvements for compliance with the comprehensive municipal plan. Chapter 13, Section 4 of the City Charter requires Location and Design Review for the purpose of approving the sale of bonds for these projects.

Transportation: Minneapolis will build, maintain and enhance access to multi-modal transportation options for residents and businesses through a balanced system of transportation modes that supports the City’s land use vision, reduces adverse transportation impacts, decreases the overall dependency on automobiles, and reflects the city’s pivotal role as the center of the regional transportation network. This project is consistent with planning and policy guidelines set forth in the City’s comprehensive plan Minneapolis 2040.


Provide the date that Location and Design Review was conducted for the project, the outcome of that analysis and the date formal action was taken by the Planning Commission:

Location and Design review occurred on 5/25/2017.


Economic Development


Will the project contribute to growth in the city’s tax base? Maintains existing tax base


Describe the economic development impact of the project:

Not Applicable


Does the project support redevelopment opportunity that without the project would be infeasible?

Not Applicable

Transportation


Is the proposed project on an existing or planned transitway, transit route, or high-volume pedestrian corridor? If yes, provide details on how the project will improve the transit and/or pedestrian experience.

Yes, the corridor is well-served by transit. Metro Transit routes 18, 113, 115 and 135 run along this corridor, with intersecting service provided on numerous streets including W Lake St, 38th St W, and 46th St W. Enhancing the existing sidewalks, crosswalks, and providing ADA compliant curb ramps are a part of this project and will improve access and connectivity to transit.


Does the proposed project anticipate multi-modal enhancements (sidewalks, bicycle or transit facilities)? Provide details.

Yes, providing improved sidewalks, crosswalks and providing ADA compliant curb ramps are an integral part of this project.


Is the right-of-way constrained and do you anticipate that modes of travel will be competing for space? Provide details, is there potential for innovative design options? Provide details

Yes, the corridor is well-served by transit. Metro Transit routes 18, 113, 115 and 135 run along this corridor, with intersecting service provided on numerous streets including W Lake St, 38th St W, and 46th St W. Enhancing the existing sidewalks, crosswalks, and providing ADA compliant curb ramps are a part of this project and will improve access and connectivity to transit.

Operating Impacts


Operations & Capital Asset Maintenance:

Is this request for new or existing infrastructure? Existing

What is the expected useful life of the project/Improvement? 60 Years

Year that Operating Incr/(Decr) will take effect? 2021

What is the estimated annual operating cost increase or (decrease) for this project? Not Applicable

Any Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations? No

Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations:


Describe how operating cost increases or decreases were determined and include details such as personnel costs, materials, contracts, energy savings, etc:

While this project creates no net change in the annual operating budget it does allow Public Works to spend maintenance funds more effectively. Maintaining a deteriorated street is more costly than maintaining a street in good condition; therefore reconstructing this street segment allows Public Works to reallocate maintenance funds to aging infrastructure elsewhere in the system. The cost to maintain a street in poor condition is estimated at $10,000 per mile per year for a commercial/MSA type of street. Given the length of this project at 2.24 miles, the estimated annual cost to maintain this roadway is $22,400.


If new infrastructure, discuss how the department/agency will pay for the increased annual operating costs:

Not Applicable


For new infrastructure, describe the estimated timing and dollar amount of future capital investment required to realize the full expected useful life of the project:

Regular crack sealing and other preventative maintenance treatments will be needed to keep the road surface in good shape.

Project Coordination


Describe completion status for ongoing projects and how and when the department/agency plans to use the prior year remaining bond authorizations:

Not Applicable


If this is a new project, describe the major project phases and timing anticipated for completing the project:

Minneapolis Public Works anticipates preliminary design and public involvement to begin two years prior to the start of project construction.


Scalability/Funding Allocation Flexibility – discuss any flexibility to increase or decrease funding among the years in the five-year plan and the most that could be spent in a given year:

This project is anticipated to be a two year construction project due to the length and complexity. Spreading the construction over additional years decreases the cost effectiveness of the project.

Minneapolis Goals and Strategic Direction

Minneapolis is a growing and vibrant world-class city with a flourishing economy and a pristine environment, where all people are safe, healthy and have equitable opportunities for success and happiness.Below is a description of how this project meets each of the City's Goals. Below is a description of how this project meets each of the City's Goals.


Below is a description of how this project meets each of the City's Goals.

Public Safety


Collaborative and community-inclusive strategies to ensure safety for all members of our community:

Increase accessibility of public infrastructure and public amenities.


Use design principles that ensure a safe and welcoming environment when designing all projects that impact the public realm.

Prioritize safety investments in line with the Complete Streets Policy.


Improve safety for pedestrians, and prioritize pedestrians over other road users, especially at street intersections; focus on signals, crosswalks, lighting, signage, visibility and lowering vehicular speeds through street design and other measures.



Environmental Justice:


The City prioritizes sustainable practices and renewable resources to equitably address climate change while restoring and protecting our soil, water and air.

Reduce the energy, carbon, and health impacts of transportation through reduced single-occupancy vehicle trips and phasing out of fossil fuel vehicles.


Plan, design, build, maintain, and operate the city’s transportation system in a way that prioritizes pedestrians first, followed by bicycling and transit use, and lastly motor vehicle use. (Complete Streets Policy. Adopted May 2016.)


Improve the pedestrian environment in order to encourage walking and the use of mobility aids as a mode of transportation.


Improve and expand bicycle facilities in order to encourage bicycling as a mode of transportation.


Improve access to goods and services via walking, biking and transit.


Support development and public realm improvements near existing and planned METRO stations that result in walkable districts for living, working, shopping, and recreating.


Proactively improve the public realm to support a pedestrian friendly, high-quality and distinctive built environment.


Improve the tree canopy and urban forest.


Improve air quality by reducing emissions of pollutants that harm human health and the environment.


Built Environment & Transportation:


The City prioritizes high quality neighborhoods, streets, infrastructure and equitable access to multimodal transportation in all parts of the City through thoughtful planning and design.

The City of Minneapolis will promote design for the built environment that is dynamic and durable, reflects the diversity of Minneapolis residents, and contributes to a sense of place and community identity. The City will also proactively improve the public realm, including streets, sidewalks, parks and open spaces between buildings, to ensure that public spaces and private development are thoughtfully connected.


Achieving this goal also requires changes to the transportation system that make it easier to walk, bike or use transit to access daily needs. The City will proactively improve the pedestrian environment and continue to build and maintain a network of bikeways, while working with Metro Transit to increase the frequency, speed and reliability of the public transit system.


Additional Information

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Capital improvement projects such as this one complete a corridor and enhance the character of the area which helps preserve property values and the city’s tax base.