Project Start Date: 4/15/2025
Ongoing Program: Y/N
Submitting Department: Public Works
Contact Person: Abdullahi Abdulle
Level of Need: Important
Estimated Project Completion Date: 11/15/2025
Department Priority: 52 of 62
Contact Phone Number: (612) 673-5307
Address: 1st Ave S
City Sector: Downtown - South
Affected Neighborhoods: Loring Park, Steven's Square-Loring Heights
Affected Wards: 6,7
Franklin Ave W to Grant St
The proposed project will reconstruct approximately 0.49 miles of 1st Ave S between Grant St and Franklin Ave. Currently the corridor includes sidewalk on both sides of the street, a northbound bike lane, two travel lanes, and two parking lanes on the majority of the corridor. The street operates one-way northbound in this segment. The area along the project corridor is primarily residential and abutting properties are predominantly multi-family residential with some commercial and institutional land uses. This is a reconstruction project involving the entire right-of-way and will include new sidewalks, ADA pedestrian ramps, bicycle accommodations, 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. This segment of 1st Ave S was built in 1968; the block between 15th St E and 16th St E was rebuilt in 1987. The pavement condition along the project extent is generally rated in “very poor” to “fair” condition according to the City’s Pavement Condition Index (PCI) rating scale, as measured in 2017. This segment of 1st Ave S 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 improve the bicycle facility. This corridor serves an estimated 580 people walking, 260 people biking, and 2,750 people driving per day.
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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:
No grants 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:
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 June 6, 2019.
Will the project contribute to growth in the city’s tax base?
Supports moderate tax base growth
Describe the economic development impact of the project:
1st Avenue South from Franklin Avenue to Grant Street is medium density residential, featuring many of the multi-story walk-ups common to the Stevens Square Neighborhood. The reconstruction of 1st Ave S will support the continued success of this residential area and its important connection to downtown across I-94.
Does the project support redevelopment opportunity that without the project would be infeasible?
This corridor features a small selection of sites that medium-term may be likely candidates for redevelopment, and the reconstruction of this corridor and discussed project improvements would support that potential.
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.
Metro Transit Route 135 utilizes this corridor for its limited stop service to downtown. Additional intersecting transit service is provided on Grant Street East, and Franklin Avenue East. The 1st Avenue South/Marquette Avenue South corridor between 12th Street South and Franklin Avenue East is identified as a pedestrian priority corridor and pedestrian street lighting corridor. 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.
Yes, providing bicycle accommodations, 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 actual right-of-way of 1st Avenue South between Grant Street and Franklin Ave is 60 feet wide. Grades and encroachments typically limit utilization of the entire legal right-of-way. Also, many people using many modes of travel, including pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers, and people trying to park will all be competing for space within the project area.
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? 2024
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:
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 0.49 miles, the estimated annual cost to maintain this roadway is $4,900.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.