PV177 38th St E and Chicago Ave


Project Details:

Project Start Date: 38th and Chicago

Ongoing Program: N

Submitting Department: Public Works

Contact Person: Alexander Kado

Level of Need: Significant

Estimated Project Completion Date: 11/30/2023

Department Priority: (24 of 62)

Contact Phone Number: (612) 673-5192


Project Location:

Project Location: 38th St E & Chicago Ave S

City Sector: South

Affected Neighborhoods: Central, Powderhorn, Bancroft, Philips

Affected Wards: 8,9



38th and Chicago

Project Description:

The proposed project will reconstruct approximately 0.5 miles of Chicago Avenue South and 38th Street East. Currently, the existing corridor includes sidewalk on both sides of the street, two travel lanes, bike lanes, and parking on both sides. The area along the project corridor is a mix of uses with some commercial nodes and single-family housing. This is a reconstruction project involving the entire right-of-way and will include new sidewalks, ADA pedestrian ramps, pavement, curb and gutter, utility improvements, consideration of bicycle upgrades. The project will also include signal improvements, new signage, consideration of transit advantages, and new pavement markings, as needed. This work will support the development of the Metro Transit’s D-Line arterial bus rapid transit project.

Purpose and Justification:

The death of George Floyd occurred at this intersection on May 25, 2020. Shortly after his death, an unprecedented volume of people began to visit the space. To maintain public safety for visitors and community members, Minneapolis Public Works installed barricades to prevent through vehicle traffic. Since then a variety of public art installations have been constructed in the intersection. Minneapolis Public Works is recommending a reconstruction and revision of the intersection in order to collaboratively design the space in accordance with city policy and community vision.


Project Cost Breakdown

Finance & Property Services will update.

Department Funding Request

Finance & Property Services will update.

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:

Metro Transit D Line stations are planned for inclusion at the intersection, details have yet to be finalized on exact station location within the intersection.


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.

Policy 5.4 Enhance the safety, appearance, and effectiveness of the city's Infrastructure.

5.4.1 Maintain and improve the quality and condition of public streets, sidewalks, bridges, water systems, and other public infrastructure.

5.4.2 Plan for and provide public facilities which anticipate growth needs, use fiscal resources efficiently, and meet realistic timelines.

5.4.3 Prioritize capital improvements according to an objective set of criteria consistent with adopted goals and policies, including those of The Minneapolis Plan.

Policy 6.1: Integrate environmental, social and economic goals into decision-making processes at all levels.

6.1.2 Promote efficient use of natural and limited resources when renovating, constructing or operating city facilities and in general city operations.

6.1.3 Apply the city-adopted US Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards and the State of Minnesota Sustainable Building B3 Guidelines as tools for design and decision-making when developing, renovating or operating city facilities.

6.1.4 Invest in energy efficient heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and lighting systems, controls and sensors that minimize emission and noise, use of renewable fuel sources, and utilization of best available control technology to minimize particulate emissions.

Policy 6.3: Encourage sustainable design practices in the planning, construction and operations of new developments, large additions and building renovations.


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:

This has not yet occurred

Economic Development


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

Describe the economic development impact of the project:

Maintains existing tax base.


Does the project support redevelopment opportunity that without the project would be infeasible?

Improvement of conditions at 38th and Chicago and the reconsturciton of the street will support redevelopment efforts of the area around 38th and Chicago.


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, Chicago Ave is defined in the Transportation Action Plan, All Ages and Abilities Network as an existing ‘connector bikeway.’ E 38th St is defined as a future ‘connector bikeway.’

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

Yes. This project will improve facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and transit users.


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 right-of-way is somewhat constrained and the design will need to balance the needs of all modes to accommodate vehicles, pedestrians, and bicycles.


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 years

Year that Operating Incr/(Decr) will take effect? 2022

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

Any Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations? NA

Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations: NA


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

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 an MSA type of roadway is estimated at $10,000 per mile per year.


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

NA


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:

NA

Project Coordination


Describe completion status for ongoing projects and how and when the department/agency plans to use the prior year remaining bond authorizations:

NA


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 completed in less than one construction season. 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

Capital improvement projects such as this one, completes a corridor, enhances the commercial character of the area which helps preserve existing property values and enhances the City’s tax base.