PV178 - Johnson St NE at I-35W

Project Details:

Project Start Date: St NE at I-35W

Ongoing Program: No

Submitting Department: Public Works

Contact Person: Mike Samuelson

Level of Need: Important

Estimated Project Completion Date: 11/15/2024

Department Priority: (34 of 62)

Contact Phone Number: (612) 673-3884

Website: NA

Project Location:

Project Location: 18th Ave NE to South of I-25W Ramps

City Sector: Northeast

Affected Neighborhoods: Northeast Park

Affected Wards: 1

Description of Location

Johnson St NE

Project Description:

Add description hThe proposed project includes the reconstruction of the Johnson Street NE/I-35W ramps intersection and portions of Johnson Street NE between the intersection and 18th Ave NE. The total distance is approximately 0.1 miles. Currently, Johnson Street NE includes sidewalk on both sides of the street and four traffic lanes. The project is bordered by single family residential land use on the west side and commercial land use on the east side of the street. Public Works is recommending reconstructing the intersection to eliminate slip lanes on three of the four corners and narrowing Johnson from four lanes to two lanes south of the intersection. The proposed design will calm traffic, improve safety, add space for greenery, and evaluate the extension of the off-street shared-use path for pedestrians and bicyclists on the west side of Johnson Street NE.

This corridor is part of the pedestrian, bicycle, freight, and transit priority networks in the City's Transportation Action Plan. The project will make improvements for all street users and will implement elements of the Transportation Action Plan. This is a reconstruction project involving the entire right-of-way and will include new sidewalks, shared-use path, ADA pedestrian ramps, pedestrian scale street lighting, pavement, curb and gutter, utility improvements, consideration of bicycle upgrades, and vehicle travel lanes. The project will also include signal improvements, new signage, consideration of transit advantages, and new pavement markings, as needed.


Purpose and Justification:

The street was built in 1997. The project area has been identified as part of the pedestrian, bicycle, freight, and transit priority networks in the City's Transportation Action Plan. This project provides an opportunity to construct traffic safety treatments and address gaps in the City’s modal networks. The reconstruction will also bring the intersection’s pedestrian facilities in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

This project area serves an estimated 60 people walking, 200 people boarding or alighting the bus, 20 people biking, and 20,000 people driving per day. Johnson Street NE 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 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:

This project has been awarded federal funding through the Metropolitan Council’s Regional Solicitation Program. A total of $1,497,200 of federal funding has been awarded to this project for construction in 2024.

Describe any collaborative arrangements with outside project partners, including who they are and what their role is with the project:

Project partners include Metro Transit regarding bus service/accommodations, and MnDOT specific to the intersecting freeway ramps and right-of-way under their jurisdiction.


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:

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:

Maintains existing tax base

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



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.

The Minneapolis Transportation Action Plan identified Johnson Street NE as part of the All Ages and Abilities bikeway network.

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

Yes. The project will include:

Shared use path on the west side of the street

DIntersection improvements including marked crosswalks, traffic signal replacements, curb extensions, raised crosswalks and ADA compliant pedestrian curb ramps

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 Johnson St NE at the northern end of the project is constrained on the west side of the corridor. This project requires balancing many transportation modes, as well as stakeholder priorities, while carrying out established City transportation policy. To achieve this balance Public Works recommended a shared use path on the west side of Johnson St NE as part of the federal grant application for this 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:

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.

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? 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:

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. Given the 1.2 total miles of project length, the resulting change in operating cost is approximately a net decrease of $12,000 annually.

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.

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 must begin by 2022 in order to meet state bonding requirements associated with the development site.

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.