PV172 Chicago Ave, Lake Street to 38th Street

Project Details:

Project Start Date: 4/15/2027

Ongoing Program: N/A

Submitting Department: Public Works

Contact Person: Trey Joiner

Level of Need: Important

Estimated Project Completion Date: 11/15/2027

Department Priority: 60 of 62

Contact Phone Number: (612) 673-3614

Website: N/A

Project Location:

Address: Chicago Avenue South

City Sector: South

Affected Neighborhoods: Powderhorn Park, Central

Affected Wards: 9, 8

Description of Location: Lake Street to 38th Street

Project Description:

The proposed project will reconstruct approximately 1.0 miles of Chicago Avenue South between Lake Street and 38th Street East. Currently, the existing corridor includes sidewalk on both sides of the street, two travel lanes, bike lanes, and parking on both sides. The area along the project corridor is a mix of uses with some commercial nodes and single-family housing. This is a reconstruction project involving the entire right-of-way and will include new sidewalks, ADA pedestrian ramps, pavement, curb and gutter, utility improvements, consideration of bicycle upgrades, and two travel lanes. The project will also include signal improvements, new signage, consideration of transit advantages, and new pavement markings, as needed. This work will also ultimately support the development of the Metro Transit’s D-Line arterial bus rapid transit project.

Purpose and Justification:

The project is intended to improve the right-of-way for all users and modes of travel. The street was built in 1957. 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 Chicago Avenue S has a pavement surface that is beyond its expected useful life. This project provides an opportunity to incorporate ADA compliant curb ramps, add boulevard space away from the street, address sidewalk obstructions, and implement bus-only lanes. This corridor serves an significant amount of bicycle and pedestrian travel and 7,140-8,700 vehicles per day.

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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:

Project partners include Metro Transit. The City supports the development of the D Line in this corridor, with station stops at Lake Street, 34th Street, and 38th Street.


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.

Policy 5.4 Enhance the safety, appearance, and effectiveness of the city's Infrastructure.

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 has not occurred.

Economic Development

Will the project contribute to growth in the city’s tax base? No

Describe the economic development impact of the project:

Maintains existing tax base.

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. This project will be adjacent to the Royalston station but does not involve any exterior improvements, only interior and life safety improvements.

Metro Transit local route 5 runs along this corridor. In addition to the local route, the project will serve the Metro Transit’s planned D-Line arterial Bus Rapid Transit project. The inclusion of bus rapid transit will provide reliable service, thus providing an incentive for people using Chicago Avenue to choose transit. Pedestrian amenities, such as new sidewalks, pedestrian lighting and ADA compliant pedestrian ramps, will improve the pedestrian experience and make it easier for transit users to access these routes.

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

The pedestrian space will be improved with 6’-8’ sidewalks depending on the context. Bus-only lanes will be the interior lanes. There are no bicycle facilities proposed with 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

Existing right-of-way is in some locations 80’. The proposed typical roadway width will be 54’ and will use innovative design options to allocate 11’ for each bus-only lane, 10’ travel lanes, 12’ center median for bus stops or turning lanes, 6-8’ sidewalks, and 4’ planting space.

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 Increase/(Decrease) will take effect? 2027

What is the estimated annual operating cost increase or (decrease) for this project? N/A

Any Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations? No

Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations: No

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 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 1.0 miles, the estimated annual cost to maintain this roadway is $10,000.

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.

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 in conjunction with PV176 (Chicago Avenue from 38th Street to 46th Street). 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 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

Capital improvement projects such as this complete a corridor and provide significant multimodal benefits to residents, businesses, and other users.