BR135 Pillsbury Ave S over HCRRA

Project Details:

Project Start Date: 4/15/24

Ongoing Program: No

Submitting Department: Public Works

Contact Person: Abdullahi Abukar

Level of Need: Significant

Estimated Project Completion Date: 11/15/24

Department Priority: 41 of 62

Contact Phone Number: 612-673-2463


Project Location:

Address: Pillsbury Ave. S

City Sector: Southwest

Affected Neighborhoods: Whittier

Affected Wards: 10

Description of Location: Pillsbury Ave. S. over Midtown Greenway

Project Description:

Pillsbury Ave bridge is a three span; cast-in-place concrete beam structure built in 1914. The structure currently has a sufficiency rating of 66 out of 100. At a rating of 50 the bridge would need to be replaced; the structure is approaching replacement status. The deficient items on the bridge are the superstructure, substructure and bridge geometry (current status is Functionally Obsolete). Average daily traffic is 5,200 which carries Municipal Street 2008.

Purpose and Justification:

The bridge is currently 106 years old and approaching a deficiency rating requiring replacement. The current status of the bridge is functionally obsolete and the most cost-effective method to rehabilitate the bridge is replacement.

Project Cost Breakdown

Department Funding Request


Have Grants for this Project been secured?

The Minneapolis city council authorized the submittal of the BROS Grant for $4,160,000 with a 20% local match to be paid for by the City of Minneapolis and HCRRA (splitting the 20% match evenly); Minneapolis and HCRRA are required to match $520,000 each.

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

Minneapolis city council has authorized the submittal of the BROS Grant.

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


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.

Policy 5.4 Enhance the safety, appearance, and effectiveness of the city's Infrastructure.

5.4.1 Maintain and improve the quality and condition of public streets, sidewalks, bridges, water systems, and other public infrastructure.

5.4.2 Plan for and provide public facilities which anticipate growth needs, use fiscal resources efficiently, and meet realistic timelines.

5.4.3 Prioritize capital improvements according to an objective set of criteria consistent with adopted goals and policies, including those of The Minneapolis Plan.

Policy 6.1: Integrate environmental, social and economic goals into decision-making processes at all levels.

6.1.2 Promote efficient use of natural and limited resources when renovating, constructing or operating city facilities and in general city operations.

6.1.3 Apply the city-adopted US Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards and the State of Minnesota Sustainable Building B3 Guidelines as tools for design and decision-making when developing, renovating or operating city facilities.

6.1.4 Invest in energy efficient heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and lighting systems, controls and sensors that minimize emission and noise, use of renewable fuel sources, and utilization of best available control technology to minimize particulate emissions.

Policy 6.3: Encourage sustainable design practices in the planning, construction and operations of new developments, large additions and building renovations.

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:

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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: N/A

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


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. This project will be adjacent to the Royalston station but does not involve any exterior improvements, only interior and life safety improvements.

Does the proposed project anticipate multi-modal enhancements (sidewalks, bicycle or transit facilities)? Provide details. Yes, improved sidewalks, providing ADA compliant curb ramps shall be 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. No

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? 75 Years

Year that Operating Incr/(Decr) will take effect? (Decrease, 2025)

What is the estimated annual operating cost increase or (decrease) for this project? ($6,470)

Any Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations? No

Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations: No

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 relocate those dollars to aging infrastructure elsewhere in the system. In general, the annual amount to maintain this bridge which is in poor condition is $6,470; which is an average based on actual costs tracked in the finance system for maintenance work, provided by Bridge Maintenance Foreman.

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

Regular 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:

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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:

Public Works anticipates beginning preliminary design and public involvement in 2023, completing a design in 2024 and construction in 2025.

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. Due to the proximity of a thriving marketplace this project would cause major inconveniences to the residents and mall goers if closed for more than one construction season.

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.

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:

The design features of the reconstruction work will maintain the historical character of the Midtown Greenway Corridor while enhancing the geometry to reflect current design standards. Completing this will require a collaborative effort of the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Federal Government, CPED, HCRRA and the State Historic Preservation Office.