TR024 Pedestrian Street Lighting Corridors

Project Details:

Project Start Date: 1/2/2022

Ongoing Program: Y/N

Submitting Department: Public Works

Contact Person: Joe Laurin

Level of Need: Significant

Estimated Project Completion Date: 12/30/2026

Department Priority: 19 of 62

Contact Phone Number: (612) 673-5987

Website: TBD

Project Location:

Address: Various locations throughout the City

City Sector: Citywide

Affected Neighborhoods: Citywide

Affected Wards: All

Project Description:

The City of Minneapolis has identified numerous streets, neighborhood commercial nodes, and activity centers as Pedestrian Street Lighting Corridors (PSLC’s) for the purposes of installing upgraded street lighting systems. These locations are identified in the City of Minneapolis Street Lighting Policy based on their access to transit, overall traffic/pedestrian volumes, and commercial use. The City Council directed Public Works to amend the street lighting policy to promote the installation of lighting along PSLC’s, and directed the department to remove the property assessment and owner petition requirements and provide City funding for the PSLC improvements.

Purpose and Justification:

As part of the Minneapolis Pedestrian Master Plan (2009) and as documented in the City of Minneapolis Street Lighting Policy (2015), high volume streets along transit routes and corridors as well as certain commercial nodes are designated as Pedestrian Street Lighting Corridors (PSLC’s). The City has made it a priority to install pedestrian-level street lighting along these corridors to benefit pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users. In the past, street lighting on these PSLC’s were assessed to abutting property owners requiring a majority of owners to opt out of the assessment during road construction projects. This process was re-examined in 2013 and the City agreed to change the funding mechanism to not assess property owners along PSLC’s. Due to the extended time between full street reconstruction projects, the opportunities to install lighting on PSLC’s through street reconstruction are limited. This program allows for some accelerated installation of pedestrian-level street lighting on PSLCs, which are not part of the current street reconstruction program. At current 2015 costs per installed street light, the requested $500,000 per year would allow for between 50 and 60 poles/fixtures annually to be installed on PSLC’s.

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:

Not Applicable

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

Public Works coordinates as much as possible with other projects that may provide a source of additional revenue/match dollars and coordinates project timelines to maximize efficiency. Pedestrian street lighting is added along with street reconstruction projects and private development projects in some areas. Minneapolis works closely with other governmental and non-profit partners to help fund street lighting.


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 & Design Review was conducted on April 16, 2015, and formal action was taken by the Planning Commission on May 1, 2015.

Economic Development

Will the project contribute to growth in the city’s tax base?

Maintains existing tax base

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


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.

Yes, this program specifically targets high-volume pedestrian corridors. Installing lighting will greatly improve safety and accessibility along these routes.

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

Yes, providing street lighting will improve the streetscape for 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, the right of way is constrained in most cases. Lighting infrastructure typically is installed within the boulevard or within the furniture zone behind the curb.

Operating Impacts

Operations & Capital Asset Maintenance:

Is this request for new or existing infrastructure? New

What is the expected useful life of the project/Improvement? 35 Years

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

Year 1

What is the estimated annual operating cost increase or (decrease) for this project? Not Applicable

Any Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations: Yes

Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations: $376,487

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

Ongoing costs include electricity, pole knockdowns, and bulb replacements. New poles will utilize LED technology, which are highly efficient both in terms of electrical usage and ongoing maintenance. Public Works will adjust operating expense requests as the number of street light poles increases, but expects future operational savings in the existing street lighting system as existing fixtures are converted to LED. Some marginal energy savings from replacing pre-existing wood pole lighting, but added LED poles should offset that savings.

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

Not Applicable

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:

City crews began installing street lighting along Penn Ave N which was anticipated to take two years to construct.

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

Not Applicable

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 flexibility to increase funding in each year. Additional funding will allow for more street lighting to be implemented with additional 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.

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:

Pedestrian, bicyclists, transit users, and motorists will benefit from this program. Residents and businesses along corridors with street lighting in the past have used it to enhance their neighborhood identity using banners and holiday lighting.