PV150 1st Ave N (8th St N to 12th St N)


Project Details:

Project Start Date: 4/15/2025

Ongoing Program: Y/N

Submitting Department: Public Works

Contact Person: Liz Heyman

Level of Need: Important

Estimated Project Completion Date: 11/15/2024

Department Priority: 49 to 62

Contact Phone Number: (612) 673-2460

Website: TBD

Project Location:

Address: 1st Ave N

City Sector: Downtown

Affected Neighborhoods: Downtown West

Affected Wards: 7

8th St to 12th St


Project Description:

The proposed project will renovate approximately 0.3 miles of 1st Avenue N and Hawthorne Avenue between 8th Street S and 12th Street S in downtown Minneapolis by widening sidewalks where practical, improving the pedestrian realm, and rehabilitating pavement. The existing corridor includes four travel lanes, bicycle lanes, and sidewalks on both sides of the street. The adjacent land use varies, with some areas containing businesses, restaurants, and entertainment venues, while other areas contain vacant land and surface parking lots. The proposed project involves the entire right-of-way and will include new sidewalks, ADA pedestrian ramps, curb and gutter, and utility improvements as needed. Sanitary pipes in this section are approximately 135 years old and will be replaced in coordination with this project. The project will also include signal improvements, new signage, and new pavement markings as needed.

Purpose and Justification:

This project is intended to widen sidewalks and improve the right-of-way for pedestrians. An improved pedestrian realm will support the large number of downtown attractions along 1st Avenue N and the upgraded bicycle facilities along Hennepin Avenue. The pavement condition along the project extent is generally rated “fair” or better according to the City’s Pavement Condition Index (PCI) rating scale, as measured in 2017. Currently the corridor serves approximately 3,000 pedestrians, 400 bicyclists, and 13,000 vehicles per day. Sanitary pipes in this section are approximately 135 years old and must be replaced. These pipes cannot be repaired or renovated with new liner, therefor the paving project limits have been adjusted from previous submissions to align with the corresponding utility needs.

Project Visuals and Map:

Project Cost Breakdown

Department Funding Request

Partnerships


Have Grants for this Project been secured?

No


Describe status and timing details of secured or applied for grants or other non-City funding sources:

No grants or non-city funding has been secured at this time.


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

Not Applicable


Planning


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 5/25/2017.


Economic Development


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

Supports substantial tax base growth


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

Transportation


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, the project area is a high-volume pedestrian corridor. The corridor is a designated pedestrian street lighting corridor and serves over 3,000 pedestrians an average weekday, with many more thousands on days with events. The project will provide a wider pedestrian space to support walking and enhance the streetscape in the corridor.


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

Yes, providing improved sidewalks, 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. The right-of-way is generally 80 feet wide, although grades and encroachments limit use of the entire legal right-of-way in some areas. There are high volumes of people using all modes of travel in this corridor, which means there will be competition for space within the project area. There will be opportunities to use innovative design in this corridor to support walking and improve the streetscape.

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? 2025

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.

While this project creates no net change in the annual operating budget it does allow Public Works to spend maintenance funds more effectively. Maintaining a deteriorated street is more costly than maintaining a street in good condition; therefore reconstructing this street segment allows Public Works to reallocate maintenance funds to aging infrastructure elsewhere in the system. The cost to maintain a street 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 0.3 miles, the estimated annual cost to maintain this roadway is $3,000.


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:

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 one year construction project. Spreading the construction over two or more years decreases the cost effectiveness of the project.

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 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.


Additional Information

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. Sanitary pipes in this section are approximately 135 years old and must be replaced. These pipes cannot be repaired or renovated with new liner, therefor the paving project limits have been adjusted from previous submissions to align with the corresponding utility needs. Public Works has determined the sanitary upgrades need to start by 2024.