TR008 Parkway Street Light Replacement

Project Detail:

Project Start Date: 1/2/2022

Ongoing Program: Y/N

Submitting Department: Public Works

Contact Person: Joe Laurin

Level of Need: Important

Estimated Project Completion Date: 12/30/2026

Department Priority: 16 of 62

Contact Phone Number: (612) 673-5987

Website: TBD

Project Location:

Address: Parkway Street Light Replacement

City Sector: Citywide

Affected Neighborhoods: Citywide

Affected Wards: All

Various locations throughout the City

Project Description:

This proposal consists of the replacement of deteriorated services, poles, fixtures, and electrical wiring associated with the lighting systems in place along parkways throughout the City. Much of the system needs to be replaced or is in a state of disrepair. The majority of these lighting units utilize mercury vapor luminaires, which are approaching the end of their serviceable life. These units will need to be retrofitted or replaced since State Statutes (Section 216C.19 subd. 1) prohibits doing anything other than minor repair or removal of lighting units utilizing mercury vapor luminaires. All poles installed after 2015 will include LED lighting for energy savings and maintenance reduction.

Based on current anticipated funding levels, approximately 40-45 poles can be fully replaced each year. There are approximately 700 poles remaining to be replaced. Funding may be enhanced and the replacement schedule accelerated should additional funding materialize.

Purpose and Justification:

These lighting facilities cannot be properly maintained at the present level of maintenance funding. Aged, deteriorated, and obsolete units and associated underground wiring are not able to be replaced at a fast enough rate to catch up on deferred maintenance. This funding is essential to ensure the replacement of these obsolete poles and fixtures continues.

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Project Cost Breakdown

Department Funding Request


Have Grants for this Project been secured?


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

The City has repeatedly applied for Minnesota Bonding Money. To date, the City has received funding for Victory Memorial Drive lights, which were installed in 2010. The City and the Park Board have been working to combine the net debt bond funds with other sources to expedite the replacement of the remaining obsolete poles. The Park Board committed almost $1.5 million in capital and other funds for 2012 Parkway lighting replacement, but in recent years, the funding has fluctuated with some years receiving no additional Park Board funds. The Park Board funds are in addition to the City net debt bond contribution. Any funding cuts act to delay the completion of the overall system replacement.

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

Public Works coordinates as much as possible with the Park Board on National Scenic Byway and trail projects that may provide a source of additional revenue/matching dollars and coordinate project timelines to maximize efficiency.


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 for this project took place on May 4, 2009. The project was found consistent with the City’s comprehensive plan. No additional review is required.

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


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, in some cases. Lighting will help make those corridors safer by making pedestrians more visible at night.

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

Not Applicable

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

Not Applicable

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? 35 Years

Year that Operating Incr/(Decr) will take effect? Year 1

What is the estimated annual operating cost increase or (decrease) for this project? ($11,000)

Any Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations? Yes

Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations: $371,946

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

It’s estimated that personnel cost would be reduced by $4,500 and equipment rental by $1,500. As LED lights are installed savings of $100 in maintenance and $25 in electricity per fixture can be anticipated. At 40 poles and fixtures replaced per year the annual energy and maintenance savings cost is $5,000.

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:

Not Applicable

Project Coordination

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

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

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:

Money spent now on the replacement of lighting will reduce the cost for maintenance for a system that is beyond its service life. Lighting replacement is scalable as it is a one for one pole replacement.

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.

Public Health

The City has declared racism a public health emergency, noting that “racism in all its forms causes persistent discrimination and disparate outcomes in many areas of life”. Public Works recognizes the impact of racism in transportation systems and this program seeks to promote transportation equity and justice in accordance with the goals of the Strategic & Racial Equity Action Plan 2019-2022 by providing equitable access to multimodal transportation in all parts of the City through thoughtful planning and design.

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.

Minneapolis has also declared a climate emergency that demands a massive-scale mobilization to halt, reverse and address the consequences and causes of climate change. Through the Transportation Action Plan, Public Works has stated its intention to drastically reduce the transportation sector’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, and this program/project aims to develop networks that will bring a climate-forward transportation system for the people of Minneapolis.

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

Add any additional information you feel is important for the CLIC committee, Mayor, City Council members or the general public to know about this potential project and why it should be approved:

This project will allow for the existing parkway lighting to be upgraded. The electrical cost of much of the existing system is based on a flat-rate per light. This project installs electrical meters and will more accurately reflect true usage. The quality of lighting will improve and the lighting will be focused down, and along the parkway, instead of upward. LED lighting will be included on years 2015 and beyond. Lights replaced previously will require the fixtures upgraded over time.