BP007 Northside Greenway Phase 1, Humboldt/Irving Ave N


Project Details:

Project Start Date: 4/15/2026

Ongoing Program: Y/N

Submitting Department: Department of Public Works

Contact Person: Matthew Dyrdahl

Level of Need: Significant

Estimated Project Completion Date: 11/15/2026

Department Priority: 47 of 62

Contact Phone Number: 612-673-3642

Website:


Project Location:

Address: Humboldt Ave N & Irving Ave N

City Sector: North

Affected Neighborhoods: Webber-Camden, Folwell, Jordan.

Affected Wards: 4 & 5

44th Ave N to 26th Ave N


Project Description:

The proposed project will create a Neighborhood Greenway along Humboldt/Irving Ave N for approximately 2.5 miles in North Minneapolis, extending from 44th Ave N to 26th Ave N. This segment is currently a low volume residential street that connects several schools and parks. The corridor will receive a range of different treatments block to block, including bicycle boulevard treatments, intersection improvements, partial reconstruction or full reconstruction. Some blocks may limit or remove motor vehicle access, others may narrow the vehicular travel space by half, and other blocks could primarily focus on intersection treatments such as curb extensions, median refuge islands and traffic circles. The project will also include ADA improvements to intersection receiving substantial upgrades. Project treatments and improvements include, but are not limited to: signing, striping, bicycle paths, sidewalks, traffic circles, diverters, medians, flashing beacons, and ADA pedestrian ramps.

Purpose and Justification:

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 project 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.


This project is intended to improve the right of way for all users while prioritizing and optimizing travel for people walking, bicycling, and rolling. Since 2012, the Departments of Health and Public Works at the City of Minneapolis have been exploring the possibility of converting low-volume streets in north Minneapolis into a greenway. In 2016, the Health Department and Public Works installed a year-long temporary greenway on five blocks of the proposed Northside Greenway route (36th Ave N to 30th Ave N) and conducted an extensive evaluation of the project. The Northside Greenway is proposed to provide a designated, low stress corridor to pedestrians, bicyclists of all ages and abilities, connecting people to destinations, while increasing safety for all users.

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 sucured at this time.




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

N/A


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.

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:

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.


Is the proposed project on a route that is included in the All Ages and Abilities Network (AAA)? If yes, how is the route designated.

The Transportation Action Plan includes this corridor as a Near-term Low Stress Bikeway on AAA Network.



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

Yes, the right-of-way is constrained. Traffic calming elements will be used to make the street a safer place for all users.


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:

N\A


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:

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Project Coordination


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

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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.


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:


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 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

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.