Project Start Date: 4/15/2022
Ongoing Program: Y/N
Submitting Department: Public Works
Contact Person: Kelsey Fogt
Level of Need: Significant
Estimated Project Completion Date: 11/15/2027
Department Priority: 20 of 62
Contact Phone Number: 612-673-3885
City Sector: All
Affected Neighborhoods: All
Affected Wards: All
Description of Location
The City of Minneapolis has more than 15,000 sidewalk corners, many of which are deficient or non-compliant with current ADA design standards. This program will fund the systematic replacement of up to 100 deficient or non-compliant pedestrian ramps per year. This program is separate from the work programmed within SWK01, which addresses deficiencies along the nearly 2,000 miles of sidewalks in Minneapolis.
Purpose and Justification:
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), enacted on July 26, 1990, is a civil rights law prohibiting discrimination against individuals on the basis of disability. Title II of ADA pertains to the programs, activities, and services that public entities provide. As a provider of public transportation services and programs, the City of Minneapolis must comply with this section of the ADA as it specifically applies to local governments. Title II of ADA provides that, “…no qualified individual with a disability shall, by reason of such disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of a public entity, or be subjected to discrimination by any such entity.”
(42 USC. Sec. 12132; 28 CFR. Sec. 35.130)
Project Visuals and Map:
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:
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:
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:
Location and Design review was completed on May 9, 2014. The program was found to be consistent with the City's comprehensive plan. No additional review is required.
Will the project contribute to growth in the city’s tax base?
Maintains existing tax base
Describe the economic development impact of the project:
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.
The program includes project areas that are within or near transitways, transit routes, and high-volume pedestrian corridors. The program will improve accessibility for all.
Does the proposed project anticipate multi-modal enhancements (sidewalks, bicycle or transit facilities)? Provide details.
Yes, this project improves the environment for all pedestrians.
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. Minneapolis has many constrained right of ways which will make designing the pedestrian ramps to standard very challenging. There is potential for site specific innovative design options.
Operations & Capital Asset Maintenance:
Is this request for new or existing infrastructure? Existing
What is the expected useful life of the project/Improvement? 25 Years
Year that Operating Incr/(Decr) will take effect? NA
What is the estimated annual operating cost increase or (decrease) for this project? NA
Any Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations? No
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:
No net change.
If new infrastructure, discuss how the department/agency will pay for the increased annual operating costs:
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:
Describe completion status for ongoing projects and how and when the department/agency plans to use the prior year remaining bond authorizations:
If this is a new project, describe the major project phases and timing anticipated for completing the project:
Public Works completed a systemwide inventory of pedestrian curb ramps in Minneapolis right of way in 2012, the systemwide inventory was actively updated between 2013 and 2018. As part of the City's ADA Transition Plan for Public Works, which was adopted by City Council in 2020, Public Works identified several recommendations to better address data needs and increase accuracy and consistency. The City will annually identify project areas and design needs to be addressed during the normal construction season (April-October) as Public Works update our system in accordance with current ADA design standards.
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:
There is some flexibility in the funding level and the number of ramps that can be addressed each year which is dependent upon the amount of funding per year. Minneapolis is required to upgrade all non-compliant and/or deficient curb ramps; more funding per year allows the City to make greater progress toward this commitment. However, there is a limit to the amount of work that can be reasonably accomplished annually based on availability of labor, coordination efforts, and weather-related constraints.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Capital improvement projects such as ramp improvements help to complete a corridor and provide access to the sidewalk network, which helps preserve property values and the city’s tax base.