SWK02 Sidewalk Gaps

Project Details:

Project Start Date: 2025

Ongoing Program: Y/N

Submitting Department: Public Works

Contact Person: Kelsey Fogt

Level of Need: Significant

Estimated Project Completion Date: 2027

Department Priority: 10 of 62

Contact Phone Number: (612) 673-3885

Website: TBD

Project Location:

Address: Citywide

City Sector: Citywide

Affected Neighborhoods: Citywide

Affected Wards: All

Various locations throughout the City.

Project Description:

This program will address sidewalk gaps by installing public sidewalks where sidewalks are missing on one or both sides of the street. The sidewalk work will be coordinated with other construction projects performed by Public Works, Hennepin County, Metro Transit, MnDOT, utility providers, and other entities. This program will provide sidewalks where there were no sidewalks previously and would not replace SWK01 (Defective Hazardous Sidewalk Program), which replaces existing public sidewalks in disrepair.

Purpose and Justification:

This program works to ensure that transportation corridors include sidewalks on both sides of the street. This program acknowledges the importance of sidewalks as a crucial component of a complete transportation network in accordance with the Complete Streets Policy.

Sidewalk gaps often exist in places with site constraints (e.g., right-of-way, grade/slopes, or utility conflicts) or are adjacent to properties that have not been required to provide sidewalks in the past due to land uses or ownership (e.g., industrial areas or public cemeteries, respectively). Projects will be selected based on community demographic conditions, potential users, areas with reported pedestrian safety concerns, minimal site constraints, and adjacent property attributes.

Project Visuals and Map:

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:

Not Applicable

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

Not Applicable


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 was completed on 5/25/17.

Economic Development

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

Not Applicable

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.

The program’s goal is to improve the pedestrian experience by filling gaps in the sidewalk network. Existing and planned transitways, transit routes, and high-volume pedestrian corridors will be considered in the project selection process.

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

Yes, the primary purpose of the program is to construct new sidewalks where they currently do not exist.

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

As a citywide program, projects will take place along a variety of street types and widths, including those with constrained right-of-way. There will be opportunities for innovation in design that will be based on the context of each project, including right of way availability, utility conflicts, and varying grades.

Operating Impacts

Operations & Capital Asset Maintenance:

Is this request for new or existing infrastructure? New

What is the expected useful life of the project/Improvement? 25 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: Not Applicable

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

The proposal has no effect on annual operating/maintenance costs.

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

New sidewalks will be inspected for repair or replacement by the Sidewalk Inspection office in accordance with normal City practices. Funds for the operation of the Sidewalk Inspection office are provided by:

1. Sidewalk Construction Permit fees paid by contractors

2. Administrative fees paid by property owners when they are notified by the Sidewalk Inspections office and are required by ordinance to repair public sidewalk defects, or, when they request to use the City hired sidewalk contractor to make needed repairs to defective public sidewalk

3. Administrative fees paid by other City of Minneapolis departments when the sidewalk portion of their project work is constructed by the City hired sidewalk contractor.

The cost of maintenance of the public sidewalks is required by ordinance (City of Minneapolis Code of Ordinance 427.90) to be paid for by the adjacent property owner.

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:


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:

Projects funded through this program are anticipated to be one year construction projects. 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. 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:

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