Project Start Date: 4/15/2026
Ongoing Program: Y/N
Submitting Department: Public Works
Contact Person: Abdullahi Abdulle
Level of Need: Important
Estimated Project Completion Date: 11/15/2026
Department Priority: 60 of 75
Contact Phone Number: (612) 673-5307
Address: 3rd St S
City Sector: Downtown
Affected Neighborhoods: Downtown E/W
Affected Wards: 3
Norm McGrew Place to Hennepin Ave
The proposed project is a complete reconstruction of 3rd Street South from Norm McGrew Place to Hennepin Avenue. This project is approximately 0.75 miles long and currently has 3 westbound travel lanes, one bicycle lane and two parking lanes. The project is a reconstruction project involving the entire right-of-way and will include new sidewalks, ADA pedestrian ramps, an improved bicycle facility, 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. This segment of 3rd Street South was constructed at various times between 1963 and 1972. A sealcoat project in 2018 temporarily improved the pavement surface rating to “good” according to the City’s Pavement Condition Index (PCI) rating scale, though the age and poor condition of the underlying pavement will continue to degrade the pavement condition until the roadway is reconstructed. This segment of 3rd Street S has a pavement surface that is beyond its expected useful life. This project provides an opportunity to incorporate ADA compliant curb ramps, add a pedestrian furnishing zone, address sidewalk obstructions, and improve the bicycle facility. 3rd Street South serves an estimated 1,140 people walking (at Portland Avenue), 200 people biking, and between 4,300 and 11,100 vehicles per day. This street plays a critical role for local, limited stop, and express transit routes, with direct access to regional freeways at both ends of downtown.
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:
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:
Project partners include Metro Transit regarding bus service/accommodations and Hennepin County specific to the intersecting roadways and right-of-way under their jurisdiction.
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 June 6, 2019.
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:
3rd Street in downtown Minneapolis from Norm McGrew Place to Hennepin Ave is a corridor experiencing great change. Downtown East has become a focus for development, residential and otherwise, while further west 3rd Street includes many sites likely to become development opportunities in the near future. Property fronting 3rd Street is shifting towards a much more diverse set of activities and uses, and the reconstruction of 3rd Street will support the continuing of this trend.
Does the project support redevelopment opportunity that without the project would be infeasible?
There are multiple potential major development sites along this corridor. Most notable among them is the block north of 3rd Street between Fifth Avenue South and Portland Avenue.
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 3 as well as numerous express routes. This 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 an improved bikeway and improved sidewalks, crosswalks, and providing 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 typically 80 feet wide, so we do expect to be able to widen the sidewalk, improve the bikeway, and implement other pedestrian and transit enchantments.
Operations & Capital Asset Maintenance:
Is this request for new or existing infrastcture? Existing
What is the expected useful life of the project/Improvement? 60 Years
Year that Operating Incr/(Decr) will take effect? 2026
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 0.75 miles, the estimated annual cost to maintain this roadway is $7,500.
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.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:
Describe completion status for ongoing projects and how and when the department/agency plans to use the prior year remaining bond authorizations:
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 may be divided into shorter segments with construction over more than one year to provide access during construction.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Capital improvement projects, such as this one, complete a corridor and enhance the commercial character of the area, aiding in the preservation of existing property values and enhancing the City’s tax base.