PV095 4th St N & S (2nd Ave N to 4th Ave S)

Project Details:

Project Start Date: 4/15/2021

Ongoing Program: Y/N

Submitting Department: Public Works

Contact Person: Bill Fellows

Level of Need: Significant

Estimated Project Completion Date: 11/15/2021

Department Priority: 30 of 75

Contact Phone Number: (612) 673-5661

Website: TBD

Project Location:

Address: 4th St N & S

City Sector: Downtown

Affected Neighborhoods: Downtown

Affected Wards: 3 and 7

2nd Ave N to 4th Ave S

Project Description:

The proposed project will reconstruct 0.59 miles of 4th St N/S in Downtown Minneapolis from 4th Ave S to 2nd Ave N. Currently the corridor includes sidewalk on both sides of the street, an interim protected bikeways, three eastbound traffic lanes, and on-street parking west of Hennepin Ave and in front of City Hall. The area along the project corridor includes a range of institutional, commercial, and high-density residential. The project is a full reconstruction, involving the entire right-of-way and will include new sidewalks, ADA pedestrian ramps, a two-way protected bikeway, pavement, curb and gutter, and utility improvements. The project will also include signal improvements, new signage, new pavement markings, as needed. Furthermore, the street will include fewer and narrowed traffic lanes, wider sidewalks, a two-way protected bicycle lane, lighting, bicycle signals, and streetscape elements.

Purpose and Justification:

This project is intended to improve the right-of-way for all users and modes of travel. The street was built between 1961 and 1963 and the majority of the street segments are currently rated “poor” to “very poor” according to the City’s Pavement Condition Index (PCI), as measured in 2017. This segment of 4th St N/S has a pavement surface that is beyond its expected useful life. The average daily traffic on 4th St N/S included 4,450 pedestrians, 440 bicyclists, and 10,000 to 20,000 motor vehicles.

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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:

Not Applicable

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

The City will coordinate with Metro Transit to route buses during construction. There are no financial partners at this time.


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 on May 9, 2013. The project was found to be 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? The project supports growth in the city’s tax base.

Describe the economic development impact of the project:

Reconstruction of 4th Street supports ongoing redevelopment in the North Loop, Nicollet Mall, and Downtown East areas. It's function as a connection between these areas and as a pathway to and from downtown for pedestrians, bikes, busses, and cars is important for the long-term economic development potential of the area.

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



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.

The 4th St corridor is a heavily used transit route that is currently being used by various local and express routes. The contra-flow bus lane has been removed to facilitate the reconstruction and the bus routes relocated to 3rd St S and 7th St S. This project also has high pedestrian activity because of its location in the core of downtown, including direct access to the Commons Park, Federal Courthouse, Nicollet Mall, Central Library and City Hall.

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

Yes, providing bicycle accommodations 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

The right of way is constrained; in general, lane widths will be reduced, on-street parking will be provided during off-peak periods, while the pedestrian and bicycle realms will be expanded and improved.

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? 2020

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 0.59 miles, the estimated annual cost to maintain this roadway is $5,900.

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:

Public Works began preliminary design and public involvement in early 2017 and intends on completing detailed design in 2019, with reconstruction starting in 2020.

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. Spreading the construction over a larger number of years will decrease 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.

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.

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:

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.