BP005 Queen Ave N Bike Boulevard

Project Details:

Project Start Date: 4/15/2021

Ongoing Program: Y/N

Submitting Department: Public Works

Contact Person: Mike Samuelson

Level of Need: Significant

Estimated Project Completion Date: 11/15/2021

Department Priority: 30 of 57

Contact Phone Number: (612) 673-3884

Website: TBD

Project Location:

Address: Queen Ave N Bicycle Boulevard

City Sector: North

Affected Neighborhoods: Various

Affected Wards: 4 and 5

2nd Ave N to 44th Ave N

Project Description:

The proposed project will create a bicycle boulevard along Queen Avenue North, for approximately 4.0 miles in North Minneapolis extending from 44th Avenue North to Glenwood Avenue. This segment is currently a low volume local street serving as a parallel route to Penn Avenue. The corridor will receive bicycle boulevard treatments, intersection improvements, and traffic calming measures. The project will also include ADA improvements to any intersection receiving upgrades. Project treatments and improvements include, but are not limited to: signing, striping, traffic circles, diverters, medians, bumpouts, and ADA pedestrian ramps.

Purpose and Justification:

The project is located adjacent to the Penn Avenue North corridor, a high volume (6,000-12,000 ADT) arterial. Queen Avenue North serves as a strong connection point to the residential neighborhoods of North Minneapolis west of Penn Avenue, connecting to Lucy Laney K-5 School, Cleveland and Willard Parks, and key arterials/collectors of Olson Memorial Highway (TH 55), Plymouth Avenue, Golden Valley Road, West Broadway Avenue, Lowry Avenue, Dowling Avenue, 42nd Avenue N, and 44th Avenue N. Both the Penn Avenue and TH 55 corridors are anticipated to see significant growth over the next few years through the implementation of the METRO Blue Line Extension Light Rail Transit and the METRO C-Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) transitway routes. Implementation of a bicycle boulevard along Queen Avenue North, adjacent to these major transit routes will help to facilitate connection points creating a successful multimodal network throughout North Minneapolis. Construction of the Queen Avenue North Bicycle Boulevard will make progress toward meeting an identified need for commuter and recreational bicycle linkages between northern Minneapolis and TH 55 at the southern end of the corridor.

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 $1,000,000 of federal funding has been awarded to this project for construction in 2021. Also, Hennepin County has committed $200,000 to the project.

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

There is design coordination between the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Metro Transit and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board on this 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. Describe how the project is consistent with the adopted City/Park Board comprehensive plans and how the project implements goals and policies as stated in the adopted plans. Provide specific policy references.

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 25, 2017. The project was found consistent with the comprehensive plan by the City Planning Commission.

Economic Development

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

Describe the economic development impact of the project:

Improvements involved in this bicycle boulevard including signing and striping, traffic calming elements, and ADA compliant pedestrian ramps along the corridor will encourage increased pedestrian and bicycle activity along the route. This increased activity will benefit businesses and other entities along Queen Avenue North, generally promoting economic vitality.

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

This bicycle boulevard will benefit two major transit projects, the C-Line BRT on Penn Avenue North and the Metro Blue Line Extension on Olson Memorial Highway. Streetscape improvements along the corridor will increase willingness to walk or bike along it as the beginning or ending of a given trip, contributing to increased ridership for the transit projects.


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.

No, however the project will directly connect to two major transit projects, the C-Line BRT on Penn Avenue North and the METRO Blue Line Extension on Olson Memorial Highway.

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

Yes, providing improved sidewalks, bicycle facilities, traffic calming measures, crosswalks, and 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. Bicyclists, motorists, and people parking will all have to share the street. Innovative traffic calming elements will be used to make it a safer place for users of all 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? 60 years

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

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:

Not Applicable

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:

Not Applicable

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

Public Works anticipates beginning preliminary design and public involvement in 2018, completing a design in 2020, and implementation in 2021.

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 project. Spreading the project over two or more years decreases cost effectiveness.

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.

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.

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

This project leverages Federal funding and Hennepin County Community Works funding. This project also improves walking and bicycling in an area of the city in need of non-motorized improvements.