PV127 37th Ave NE (Central Ave NE to Stinson Blvd)


Project Details:

Project Start Date: 4/15/2023

Ongoing Program: Y/N

Submitting Department: Public Works

Contact Person: Forrest Hardy

Level of Need: Significant

Estimated Project Completion Date: 11/30/2023

Department Priority: 42 of 62

Contact Phone Number: (612) 673-5951

Website: http://www2.minneapolismn.gov/cip/futureprojects/37th-ave-ne


Project Location:

Address: 37th Ave NE

City Sector: Northeast

Affected Neighborhoods: Waite Park

Affected Wards: 1

Central Ave NE to Stinson Blvd


Project Description:

The proposed project will reconstruct approximately 1.0 miles of 37th Avenue Northeast between Central Avenue North and Stinson Boulevard. The project will be coordinated with the City of Columbia Heights as the right-of-way in the corridor is shared between Columbia Heights and Minneapolis. The existing corridor currently includes 2 travel lanes, 2 parking lanes, and sidewalk on the Minneapolis side of the street only. There are presently no sidewalks on most of the Columbia Heights side. The proposed project will encompass the entire right-of-way, reconstructing the pavement surface, curb and gutter, with sidewalks, ADA curb ramps, and bicycle facilities.


Purpose and Justification:

This project is intended to improve the right-of-way for all users and modes of travel. The existing street was built in 1961 and the large majority of the project extent is currently rated “poor” according to the City’s Pavement Condition Index (PCI) rating scale, as measured in 2017. Therefore, this street segment has 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, address sidewalk obstructions, and implement a bicycle facility. Currently the corridor serves a moderate number of pedestrians and bicyclists and approximately 12,000 vehicles per day.


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Project Cost Breakdown

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Partnerships


Have Grants for this Project been secured?

Yes


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

This project has been awarded federal funding through the Metropolitan Council’s Regional Solicitation Program. A total of $7,000,000 of federal funding has been awarded to this project for construction in 2023.


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

37th Avenue NE is located on the border of Minneapolis (to the south) and Columbia Heights (to the north). The two cities each own half of the right-of-way in this corridor. Both cities will be collaborating on project design and outreach, as well as setting up a cost sharing agreement. Other project stakeholders include, Metro Transit, Hennepin County, Anoka County, Ramsey County, and the City of St. Anthony.


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 for this project took place on May 26, 2016. 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

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. MetroTransit bus route 4 runs on 37th Avenue NE east of Johnson Street NE. Enhancing the existing sidewalks, crosswalks, and providing ADA compliant curb ramps are a part of this project.


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

Sidewalks do not presently exist along most of the Columbia Heights side of the project. This project will improve sidewalks, crosswalks, and provide ADA compliant curb ramps as well as explore the addition of bicycle facilities to the corridor.


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 Minneapolis side of the corridor has an existing right-of-way of 40 feet. Multi-modal enhancements will be included in this project.

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? 2023

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: Not Applicable


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

There is no net change in the annual operating budget; Public Works will reallocate those dollars to aging infrastructure elsewhere in the system. In general, the cost to maintain a street in poor condition is estimated at $10,000 per mile per year for a commercial/MSA type of roadway. Given the length of this project at 1.0 miles, the estimated annual cost to maintain this roadway is $10,000 total, half of which, $5,000 would be the City's responsibility.


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

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


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 one year construction project. Spreading the construction over two or more 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.

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 project 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:


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.