Project Start Date: 4/15/2022
Ongoing Program: Y/N
Submitting Department: Public Works
Contact Person: Liz Heyman
Level of Need: significant
Estimated Project Completion Date: 11/15/2027
Department Priority: 7 of 62
Contact Phone Number: 612-673-2460
City Sector: Various Affected Neighborhoods: Various
Affected Wards: All
Description of Location
This program funds the City’s cost participation on cooperative projects with Hennepin County, Metro Transit, and MnDOT that fall within the city limits. These projects primarily consist of the reconstruction or rehabilitation of street segments, bridges, intersections, multimodal improvements, and/or streetscaping. Projects in this program are often supported with funding through a variety of state and federal grants as well.
Hennepin County projects typically involve reconstruction of the entire right-of-way and include new sidewalks, ADA pedestrian ramps, pavement, curb and gutter, and utility improvements, with considerations for signal improvements, new signage, pavement markings, and bikeways where applicable. The Metro Transit projects include partnering on the planned build-out of the local arterial Bus Rapid Transit system, which includes reconstruction of intersections for new signals, ADA facilities, lighting, safety improvements, and signal technology. Partnerships with Metro Transit also include installation of transit enhancements such as bus-only lanes or queue jumps, which increase bus speed and reliability. These projects may include improvements to traffic signals, signage, and/or striping. MnDOT projects vary, but typically involve reconstruction or multimodal improvements within City right-of-way adjacent to MnDOT right-of-way.
Purpose and Justification:
This program is intended for cost participation on cooperative projects with Hennepin County, MnDOT, or Metro Transit to facilitate improvements within the city limits that provide benefit to the travelling public, adjacent property owners, and the City in general. Projects identified within this program requires improvements within the right-of-way to improve mobility and safety for all users and modes of travel. These projects also typically have high levels of pedestrian, bicycle, and transit demand, in addition to higher traffic volumes.
The current cooperative projects program includes:
• Osseo Road reconstruction
• Lowry Avenue Northeast reconstruction
• Franklin Avenue reconstruction
• Hi-Lake Interchange modification
• University and 4th roadway improvements
• D Line Bus Rapid Transit
• B Line Bus Rapid Transit
• E Line Bus Rapid Transit
• Multiple transit enhancement projects on corridors identified by the Transportation Action Plan, to prioritize service speed and reliability
• Penn Ave/Northpoint reconstruction
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Project Cost Breakdown
Department Funding Request
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:
Our partner agencies have funded projects within their 5-year capital program. In order for these projects to be completed, Minneapolis must contribute partnering funds. Funding which matches the timing of Hennepin County, MnDOT, and Metro Transit programs will allow these projects to include additional enhancements.
Describe any collaborative arrangements with outside project partners, including who they are and what their role is with the project:
This is a collaborative program with Hennepin County, MnDOT, and Metro Transit. Typically, these agencies are the lead on the proposed projects and the City is a project partner and stakeholder.
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 23, 2011. The project was found consistent with the City’s comprehensive plan. No additional review is required.
Will the project contribute to growth in the city’s tax base? Maintains existing tax base
Describe the economic development impact of the project:
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.
Each project scope is identified by the lead agency and coordinated with the City. Specific details on the improvements are dependent on the scope identified by the lead agency and may include projects on existing or planned transitways, transit routes, or high-volume pedestrian corridors.
Does the proposed project anticipate multi-modal enhancements (sidewalks, bicycle or transit facilities)? Provide details.
Each project scope is identified by the lead agency and coordinated with the City. Specific details on the improvements are dependent on the scope identified by the lead agency, but in many instances these projects align with high demand multi-modal corridors.
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
Each project scope is identified by the lead agency and coordinated with the City. Each project scope is identified by the lead agency and coordinated with the City. Specific details on the improvements are dependent on the scope identified by the lead agency, but in many instances these projects are within constrained corridors that require innovative design solutions.
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? N/A
What is the estimated annual operating cost increase or (decrease) for this project? N/A
Any Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations? Yes
Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations: $4,250,499
Describe how operating cost increases or decreases were determined and include details such as personnel costs, materials, contracts, energy savings, etc:
There will be no relative increase or decrease. Hennepin County provides Minneapolis funds to complete maintenance on their roads. Rebuilding a road releases maintenance money to other county roadways where additional maintenance is needed.
If new infrastructure, discuss how the department/agency will pay for the increased annual operating costs:
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: N/A
Describe completion status for ongoing projects and how and when the department/agency plans to use the prior year remaining bond authorizations:
Hennepin County, MnDOT, and Metro Transit have funded projects within their capital programs. This is an ongoing program that covers various cooperative roadway projects with Hennepin County, MnDOT and Metro Transit. In order for these projects to be completed, Minneapolis must contribute with funds to match the timing these projects. Typically, this program is composed of large multi-year projects where funding has been spread across multiple years to match the timing and delivery of the project.
If this is a new project, describe the major project phases and timing anticipated for completing the project: N/A
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:
None – cost sharing is typically a set policy.
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.
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:
This program is intended for cost participation on cooperative projects with Hennepin County, MnDOT, or Metro Transit to facilitate reconstruction of major corridors across the city and expansion of the Bus Rapid Transit system. Projects identified within this program requires improvements within the right-of-way to improve mobility and safety for all users and modes of travel. These projects also typically have high levels of pedestrian, bicycle, and transit demand, in addition to higher traffic volumes.