PV158 Hennepin Ave (Lake St W to Douglas Ave)

Project Details:

Project Start Date: 4/15/2024

Ongoing Program: Y/N

Submitting Department: Public Works

Contact Person: Becca Hughes

Level of Need: Important

Estimated Project Completion Date: 11/15/2024

Department Priority: 27 of 72

Contact Phone Number: (612) 673-3594

Website: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/cip/futureprojects/HennepinSouth

Project Location:

Address: Hennepin Ave

City Sector: Southwest

Affected Neighborhoods: Lowry Hill, East Isles and Lowry Hill East

Affected Wards: 7, 10

Lake St W to Douglas Ave

Project Description:

The proposed project will reconstruct approximately 1.36 miles of Hennepin Avenue South between West Lake Street and Douglas Ave. Currently the corridor conditions vary depending on location. South of Franklin Ave, the corridor includes sidewalk on both sides of the street, four traffic lanes, and two parking lanes. In August of 2019, a sealcoat was applied to the full roadway south of Franklin Ave to West Lake Street to allow for the implementation of painted curbside dynamic a.m./p.m. peak bus-only lanes. North of Franklin, the roadway configuration varies within the Hennepin-Lyndale area and sidewalk is typically present on the west side of the street. The abutting area along the project corridor is mixed-use with predominantly commercial and varying densities of residential uses. The project is a full reconstruction, involving the entire right-of-way and will include new sidewalks, ADA pedestrian ramps, with consideration of bicycle accommodations, pavement, curb and gutter, and utility improvements. The project will also include signal improvements, new signage, and new pavement markings, as needed.

Purpose and Justification:

This project is intended to improve the right-of-way for all users and modes of travel. The street was built in 1957 and most of the project extent is currently rated “poor” according to the City’s Pavement Condition Index (PCI) rating scale, as measured in 2017. This segment of Hennepin Avenue has a pavement surface that is beyond its expected useful life. The recent sealcoat project improves the roadway surface in the short-term until reconstruction. This project provides an opportunity to incorporate ADA compliant curb ramps, add boulevards with trees, green infrastructure, address sidewalk obstructions, and evaluate the implementation of a bicycle facility. Modal accommodations will be determined through a rigorous process including preliminary planning, detailed design, and community engagement. This corridor serves an estimated 770 to 3,400 people walking, 6,600 transit riders, 220 to 280 people biking, and between 15,000 and 31,500 people driving per day. Hennepin Ave S was identified in the City’s Vision Zero Action Plan as a High Injury Street and improvements will be prioritized to make progress towards eliminating traffic crashes that result in severe injuries and deaths.

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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 $7,550,000 of federal funding has been awarded to this project for construction in 2023.

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

Project partners include Metro Transit regarding bus service/accommodations, including the future BRT (E-Line), as well as Hennepin County and MnDOT given intersecting roadways and right-of-way ownership.


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 June 6, 2019. 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:

Hennepin Avenue from Lake Street to Franklin Avenue is one of the most active commercial areas of Minneapolis outside of downtown. The corridor features a strong mix of retail, commercial, and residential uses and has seen significant growth in recent years. The reconstruction of this segment will support continued investment in the corridor.

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

The reconstruction of Hennepin Avenue, including improved sidewalks and design for future bus rapid transit service, will ensure improved access to destinations along the corridor and minimize conflict generated by continued redevelopment and increased activity.


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 corridor is served by Metro Transit Route 6, 12, 17, 23, and 114. Hennepin Ave is an identified Primary Transit Network (PTN) corridor and it will accommodate a future BRT (E-Line) line in the future. Planning discussions and coordination with Metro Transit staff to accommodate BRT as part of the reconstruction project has already begun. The Hennepin Ave corridor is identified as a pedestrian priority corridor and pedestrian street lighting corridor. Enhancing the existing sidewalks, crosswalks, and providing ADA compliant curb ramps are a part of this project.

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

Yes, providing improved sidewalks, crosswalks, and providing ADA compliant curb ramps are an integral part of this project. Bicycle accommodations will be determined through a rigorous process including preliminary planning, detailed design, and community engagement.

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 actual right-of-way of Hennepin Ave from Douglas Ave to W Lake Street is either 96 feet (from Douglas Ave to Colfax Ave S) or 88 feet (Colfax Ave S to W Lake St). Grades and encroachments typically limit utilization of the entire legal right-of-way. The conditions along Hennepin Ave are inconsistent and vary depending on location as there are intermittent grass boulevards, landscaped boulevards and paved boulevards along the corridor with detached sidewalks as well as attached sidewalks located at the back of curb. There are tree plantings although placement is inconsistent depending on the location and existing conditions. The area along the project corridor is a mix of commercial and residential uses.

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? 2024

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:

There is no net change in the annual operating budget; Public Works will reallocate those dollars to aging infrastructure elsewhere in the system. In general, the cost to maintain a street/alley in poor condition is estimated at $10,000 per mile per year for a commercial/MSA type of street. Given the length of this project at 1.36 miles, the estimated annual cost to maintain this roadway is $13,600.

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

Regular crack sealing and other preventative maintenance treatments will be needed to keep the road surface in good shape.

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:

Regular crack sealing and other preventative maintenance treatments will be needed to keep the road surface in good shape.

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:

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 two year construction project due to the length and complexity. Spreading the construction over more years decreases the cost effectiveness of the project, but completing the project in one year is unrealistic based on the projected overall scope.

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:

TBD 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.