PV163 31st Street E, Blaisdell Ave to Bloomington Ave


Project Details:

Project Start Date: 4/15/2026

Ongoing Program: N/A

Submitting Department: Public Works

Contact Person: Abdullahi Abdulle

Level of Need: Important

Estimated Project Completion Date: 11/15/2026

Department Priority: 54 of 62

Contact Phone Number: 612-673-5307

Website:


Project Location:

Address: 31st Street

City Sector: Southwest, South

Affected Neighborhoods: Lyndale, Central, and Powderhorn Park

Affected Wards: 1

Blaisdell Ave to Bloomington Ave


Project Description:

The proposed project will reconstruct approximately 1.3 miles of 31st Street East between Blaisdell Avenue and Bloomington Avenue South. The existing corridor conditions vary depending on location. From Blaisdell Avenue to 3rd Avenue South, the roadway includes two travel lanes and striped shoulders. The roadway transitions to four travel lanes with two intermittent parking lanes during off-peak hours between 3rd Avenue South and Park Avenue, and again transitions to two travel lanes and two parking lanes between Park Avenue and Bloomington Avenue. Throughout the corridor there are back-of-curb sidewalks on both sides of the street. The area along the project corridor is primarily residential with abutting single-family homes, except for the western segment of the corridor between Blaisdell Avenue and I-35W where adjacent land-use is commercial and institutional. The project is a full 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. The street was built in phases between 1962 and 1977 The street was built in phases between 1960 and 1963 and is beyond its expected useful life. Various mill and overlay and sealcoat projects over the last ten years 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 quickly degrade the pavement condition until the roadway is reconstructed. This project provides an opportunity to incorporate ADA compliant curb ramps, add boulevards with trees, address sidewalk obstructions, add bumpouts, and implement bicycle facilities. This corridor serves an estimated 240 people walking, 190 people biking, and between 7,100 and 11,300 people driving per day. 31st Street E 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.

Project Location Map

Project Location 31st Street East

Project Cost Breakdown

Department Funding Request

Partnerships


Have Grants for this Project been secured?


No


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?

Maintains existing tax base


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.

A portion of this corridor is served by Metro Transit Route 18 and 135, with intersecting service provided on 4th Avenue, Chicago Avenue, and Bloomington Avenue. Enhancing the existing sidewalks, crosswalks, adding bumpouts, 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 improved sidewalks, crosswalks, and providing ADA compliant curb ramps are an integral part of this project. Bicycle accommodations will be determined through a rigorous process including preliminary planning, detailed design, and community engagement.


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 31st Street varies from 70 feet (Blaisdell Ave to Stevens Ave) to 60 feet (Stevens Ave to Bloomington Ave). Grades and encroachments typically limit utilization of the entire legal right-of-way. The sidewalk is located at the back of curb and there is no established boulevard for a majority of the corridor. The area along the project corridor is primarily residential with abutting single-family homes, except for the western segment of the corridor between Blaisdell Avenue and I-35W where adjacent land-use is commercial and institutional.


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? 60

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? 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.

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

There is no net change in the annual operating budget; Public Works will reallocate those dollars to aging infrastructure elsewhere in the system. In general, the cost to maintain a street/alley 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 1.3 miles, the estimated annual cost to maintain this roadway is $13,000.


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.

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:

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.

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:


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:


The City prioritizes sustainable practices and renewable resources to equitably address climate change while restoring and protecting our soil, water and air.

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 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.


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

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.