TR022 Traffic Safety Improvements

Project Details:

Project Start Date: 1/2/2022

Ongoing Program: Y/N

Submitting Department: Public Works

Contact Person: Allan Klugman

Level of Need: Significant

Estimated Project Completion Date: 12/30/2026

Department Priority: 3 of 62

Contact Phone Number: (612) 673-2743

Website: TBD

Project Location:

Address: Traffic Safety Improvements

City Sector: Citywide

Affected Neighborhoods: Citywide

Affected Wards: All

Various Locations throughout the City.

Project Description:

The goal of this program is to increase safety for traffic, bicyclists, and pedestrians. The primary method of improving safety in this program is by upgrading deficient signal systems. Many traffic signals in the City lack overhead signal indications on mast arms. Deficient intersection locations are prioritized based on crash history. Before and after crash studies have shown up to an 80% reduction in right angle crashes and a 30% reduction in all crashes. The City has proposed several overhead signal conversion projects in 2019-2023. In addition to adding an overhead signal, these projects will upgrade the entire signal system to have state-of-the-art technology such as video detection systems, emergency vehicle preemption (EVP), countdown pedestrian signals, Accessible Pedestrian Systems (APS), and ADA compliant curb ramps. Intersections with bicycle and pedestrian crashes will be evaluated and signal operations can be modified to improve safety.

Additional safety projects include:

• installing durable pavement markings;

• updating or replacing existing street lights and bridge navigation lighting under various bridges/viaducts throughout the City;

• modifying street signs to comply with State and Federal standards;

• installing metro-sized street name signs for motorist on major commercial streets as they approach arterial streets;

• improving the condition and quality of bicycling and walking environments that provide access to and from schools.

Purpose and Justification:

Most crashes in the City occur at signalized intersections. Reducing crashes has a direct impact on improving the safety of the drivers, bicycles, and pedestrians using the City’s transportation network. Installation of overhead signal indications on mast arms will improve signal visibility for users and is estimated to reduce crashes. Improvements to traffic signals for bicycles and pedestrians will increase safety and compliance. Installing APS will assist visually-impaired individuals when crossing a street at signalized intersections. Installing permanent pavement markings will enhance safety by providing year round visibility for roadway markings, while also reducing annual maintenance costs. Existing underpass and navigation lighting units at some locations may need to be replaced in their entirety due to corrosion, aging, and the damages resulting from ice, high water levels and debris within the river. Improving the condition and quality of routes to schools will address safety concerns and empower communities to re-establish walking and bicycling to school as a safe and routine activity.

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:

The City has applied for and is receiving federal funding through the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) application. The funding will be available in 2021 and 2022. In 2021, 5 signal systems in downtown will be rebuilt along Hennepin Ave S and Harmon Place. In 2022, 11 intersections in south Minneapolis will receive safety improvements along Nicollet Ave S, Cedar Ave S, and Lake St. The Federal government will provide 90% of the construction cost, with the City providing the remaining 10%.

The City has collaborated with Hennepin County to contribute funding to this program. Agreements will be written per project near the start of construction.

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

The two project partners for the traffic signal overhead addition projects are the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Hennepin County. FHWA will give approval of the plans, specifications, and estimates that will be needed for construction, as well as 90% of the funding for each grant funded project. Hennepin County will contribute funding to each project along a CSAH route.


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 project took place on May 24, 2010. The project was found consistent with the City’s comprehensive plan. No additional review is required.

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.

Not Applicable

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

Yes. New signals will be equipped with newer APS technology and new ADA compliant ramps. Some of the intersection improvements may improve non-motorized safety.

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 at most intersections. Innovative design strategies will be explored if appropriate.

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? 25 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: $1,290,175

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

There is approximately no increase in maintenance costs.

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

Nat 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:

Additional scope was added to the design and additional coordination was need with Hennepin County to approve the plans. The project is now on track to be completed in 2020.

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 Public Works to expedite some projects and allow for more safety measures 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:

This project will make improvements to the street network and promotes efficient safe movement of traffic by installing overhead signal indications, APS, and other infrastructure. The installation of overhead signal indications will help increase the signal visibility for drivers and reduce the number of right angle crashes, while installation of the APS will help vision-impaired individuals safely cross streets at signalized intersections. The installation of new roadway signing and markings will improve the quality and condition of the public streets and help drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians more easily navigate the roadway network.