VZ001 Vision Zero Program

Project Details:

Project Start Date: 4/15/2022

Ongoing Program: Yes

Submitting Department: Public Works

Contact Person: Ethan Fawley

Level of Need: Significant

Estimated Project Completion Date: 11/15/2027

Department Priority: (1 of 62)

Contact Phone Number: (612) 673-5983


Project Location:

Address: Citywide

City Sector: Citywide

Affected Neighborhoods: Citywide

Affected Wards: All

Various locations throughout the City.

Project Description:

This program will concentrate safety improvements on selected High Injury Streets as identified in the City’s Vision Zero Action Plan, as well as streets and intersections with documented crash problems. Safety improvements will consist of, but are not limited to, treatments that have proven effective at eliminating crashes and encourage safer driving behaviors. These improvements are intended to provide a similar user experience as curb extensions, medians, and lane narrowing. Safety improvements may be provided through curbs, medians, bollards/flexible traffic posts, planters, turning wedges, hardened centerlines, or other vertical features. Other crossing improvements to be considered will include durable crosswalk markings, high visibility pavement markings, ADA accessible curb ramps, and active warning beacons.

Purpose and Justification:

The Minneapolis City Council adopted a Vision Zero goal to eliminate traffic deaths and severe injuries on City streets by 2027. As a part of the City’s Vison Zero Action Plan (2020-2022) High Injury Streets were identified as corridors with a concentration of severe and fatal crashes. To reduce traffic deaths and severe injuries, the Vision Zero Action Plan prioritizes the need to use design, infrastructure, and operations to improve traffic safety. This program will support the Vision Zero Action Plan by making cost-effective safety improvements systematically and rapidly on High Injury Streets.

Program Location 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:

Not applicable


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 for this program has not 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

Describe the economic development impact of the project:

Not Applicable


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.

Many of these routes are in high-volume pedestrian corridors and most are along or provide connections to transit corridors. Reducing severe and fatal crashes is part of an overall strategy to improve multimodal transportation choices in Minneapolis and make it easier to get around without a private motor vehicle.

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

These projects will provide more safe conditions on Minneapolis Streets for all modes.

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, right-of-way is constrained in most of these corridors, and there are tradeoffs in some of these corridors with traffic lanes and parking lanes; however, these corridors are the result of a feasibility analysis of the best opportunities for near-term implementation of the Vision Zero Action Plan. Many of the safety treatments that will be implemented do not require tradeoffs between modes.

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? 10

Year that Operating Incr/(Decr) will take effect? 2021

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

Any Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations? No

Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations:


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

Public Works is having ongoing discussions regarding the appropriate level of maintenance for the proposed types of treatments particularly for winter operations including plowing.

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

Maintenance costs will vary depending on the type of treatment installed. Public Works has calculated estimates for annual maintenance of similar treatments, although it is based on a very small sample of locations and does not include an extended history of seasonal weather events. As more safety projects are implemented Public Works will better understand maintenance costs and expects to build efficiencies into its operations.

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:

Not applicable

Project Coordination

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

Unspent balances will be rolled forward to fund the Vision Zero Program in future years. The size and the scope of work can be adjusted to use available funds.

If this is a new project, describe the major project phases and timing anticipated for completing the project:

This is a program with multiple projects. Public Works anticipates beginning preliminary design and public involvement six to twelve months before each safety project is scheduled for implementation.

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:

Projects are anticipated to be less than one year construction projects. Spreading the construction over two or more years decreases the cost effectiveness of the projects.

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.

Economic Development

The City prioritizes economic inclusion so that all workers and families are supported and People of Color, Indigenous and Immigrant (POCII)-owned businesses in all sectors can thrive.

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Public Services

The City prioritizes reliable and equitable access to high-quality public services.

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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

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.