PV167 Dowling Ave N, Thomas to Lyndale


Project Details:

Project Start Date: 4/15/2026

Submitting Department: Public Works

Contact Person: Trey Joiner

Level of Need: important

Estimated Project Completion Date: 4/15/2026

Department Priority: 57 of 62

Contact Phone Number: (612) 673-3614

Website: n/a


Project Location:

Address: Dowling Ave N

City Sector: North

Affected Neighborhoods: Victory, Cleveland, Folwell, Webber- Camden, McKinley

Affected Wards: Ward 4

Description of Location: Thomas Ave to Lyndale Ave N




Project Description:

The proposed project will reconstruct approximately 1.25 miles of Dowling Ave North between Thomas Avenue North and Lyndale Avenue North. This corridor serves and estimated 110 people walking, 40 people biking, and between 7,414 and 10,288 people driving per day. The existing corridor includes two travel lanes, one parking lanes, bike lanes, and sidewalks on both sides of the street, except adjacent to Crystal Lake Cemetery. This project is a reconstruction project involving the entire right-of way and will include new sidewalks, ADA pedestrian ramps, upgraded 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. The street was built in phases between 1960 and 1962 and by 2025 will be beyond its expected useful life. A mill and overlay in 2010 temporarily improved the pavement surface rating to “good” according to the City’s Pavement Condition Index (PCI) rating scale, as measured in 2017, though the age and poor condition of the underlying roadway will continue to degrade the pavement condition until the roadway is reconstructed. This project provides an opportunity to incorporate ADA compliant curb ramps, add boulevards with trees, implement a bicycle facility, and create a direct connection between Northside neighborhoods and the riverfront at the Upper Harbor site. Dowling Ave North was identified in the City’s Vision Zero Action Plan as a High Injury Street and improvements will be prioritized to make progress towards eliminating traffic crashes that result in severe injuries and deaths.

Dowling Ave N

Project Cost Breakdown

Department Funding Request

Partnerships


Have Grants for this Project been secured?

Not Applicable



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:

Not Applicable


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. Describe how the project is consistent with the adopted City/Park Board comprehensive plans and how the project implements goals and policies as stated in the adopted plans. Provide specific policy references.


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 has not yet been completed.

Economic Development


Will the project contribute to growth in the city’s tax base? No

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

Yes, Dowling Ave N is included in the All Ages annd Abilites bikeway network and is designated a long term low stress bikeway.


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

Yes, providing bicycle accommodations and 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

The Dowling Ave N corridor 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.


Operating Impacts


Operations & Capital Asset Maintenance: Existing

Is this request for new or existing infrastructure? 2026

What is the expected useful life of the project/Improvement? 60 years

Year that Operating Incr/(Decr) will take effect? 2026

What is the estimated annual operating cost increase or (decrease) for this project? N/A

Any Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations? n/a

Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations: n/a


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/alley in poor condition is estimated at $10,000 per mile per year for a commercial/MSA types of street. Given the length of this project at 1.25 miles, the estimated annual cost to maintain this roadway is $12,500.


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

Regular crack sealing and other preventive maintenance treatments will be needed to keep the read 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:

Minneapolis Public Works anticipates preliminary design and public involvement to begin two years prior to the start of project construction.

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


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:

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.

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.



Environmental Justice

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 and Transportation


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.


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.



Additional Information

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.