TR021 Traffic Signals

Project Details:

Project Start Date: 1/2/2022

Ongoing Program: Y/N

Submitting Department: Public Works

Contact Person: Allan Klugman

Level of Need: Important

Estimated Project Completion Date: 12/30/2026

Department Priority: 12 of 62

Contact Phone Number: (612) 673-2743

Website: TBD

Project Location:

Address: Traffic Signals

City Sector: Citywide

Affected Neighborhoods: Citywide

Affected Wards: All

Various locations throughout the City.

Project Description:

The primary objective of this project is to replace aging (30+ years) and obsolete traffic signal system equipment (e.g., signal poles, mast arms, foundations, traffic signal control cabinets, wiring, and underground conduit). The signal systems will be upgraded to include 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. Another objective is to replace the red and green LED illuminated traffic signal indicators that have reached the end of their service life.

Purpose and Justification:

This project is intended to improve the overall safety of the transportation system. Sufficient funds have not been available in the operations and maintenance general fund budget to permit an extensive replacement program. Over the past several years, city funding has been reduced for traffic signal maintenance, further reducing the efforts to replace traffic signal equipment. The City operates and maintains over 800 traffic signal systems, with some of the equipment (e.g., traffic signal poles, mast arms, controller cabinets and controllers, etc.) in use for more than 30 years. There are a number of locations where signal poles and mast arms have started to deteriorate, such that this equipment was replaced for safety reasons. The Mayor and Public Works have identified additional capital dollars to replace failed or failing traffic signal equipment and infrastructure.

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 collaborated with Hennepin County to contribute funding to this program. Agreements will be written per project near the start of construction. The City has also begun a multiple year partnership with MnDOT to address traffic signals along State Trunk Highways. In the past four years, 22 traffic signals have been upgraded along University Ave NE and Central Ave NE as part of a cooperative project which began in 2016. The City has ongoing conversations with MnDOT to strategize more projects as part of this program.

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

The City and County have a Routine Maintenance Agreement that states the City will operate and maintain each traffic signal that are on County roadways and the County will pay for a portion of the operation and maintenance. The City is requesting that the County contributes additional capital funding to pay for signal upgrades on County roadways. The County has agreed to provide additional funding. The City is also establishing a partnership with MnDOT to address traffic signals along State Trunk Highways.


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.

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

Not Applicable

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? ($20,000)

Any Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations? Yes

Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations: $4,620,944

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

In general, the cost to maintain the signal system will be reduced by $20,000 per year. The replacement of aging and obsolete traffic signal system equipment will reduce the amount of money spent on maintenance for the replacement of failing equipment, while also reducing personnel time spent maintaining the aging and obsolete traffic signal system equipment. This would free up more time that can be used on previously understaffed work activities.

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:

The 2019 traffic work experienced delays in the design timeline due to additional scope being added and 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 personnel to replace aging and obsolete traffic signal equipment more quickly and install more pedestrian countdown timers each year.

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. 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