Project Start Date: 4/15/2025
Ongoing Program: Y/N
Submitting Department: Public Works
Contact Person: Abdullahi Abdulle
Level of Need: Significant
Estimated Project Completion Date: 11/1/2026
Department Priority: 18 of 62
Contact Phone Number: 612-673-5307
City Sector: Various
Affected Neighborhoods: Various
Affected Wards: All
Description of Location
Minneapolis Public Works operates and maintains approximately 425 miles (or 4,000 sections) of concrete or asphalt surfaced alleys and 75 unpaved alleys. This program is intended to construct individual segments of the City’s residential alley system, which includes new pavement, any necessary storm drains, and retaining walls in existing alleys. These alleys will generally be paved using the standard residential concrete alley design. In addition to the alley paving, alley retaining wall and storm drain requirements necessitated by the alley construction will be addressed.
Purpose and Justification:
The City of Minneapolis’ residential alley system is a critical component of its transportation and stormwater management systems. Alleys are a critical supplement to the street system by providing access to the off-street side of properties that are utilized for both parking and deliveries to businesses. Alleys are also used as primary locations for solid waste and recycling collection. Additionally, these alleys provide for both controlled surface drainage and temporary storage of storm water runoff. This project will help maintain the system and extend the useful life of all alleys, improving access to all properties and manage stormwater runoff.
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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:
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:
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 April 23, 2009. The project was found consistent with the comprehensive plan by the City Planning Commission. No additional review is required.
Will the project contribute to growth in the city’s tax base?
Maintains existing tax base
Describe the economic development impact of the project:
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.
Does the proposed project anticipate multi-modal enhancements (sidewalks, bicycle or transit facilities)? Provide details.
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
Operations & Capital Asset Maintenance:
Is this request for new or existing infrastructure? New
What is the expected useful life of the project/Improvement? 70 Years.
Year that Operating Incr/(Decr) will take effect? 2022-2027
What is the estimated annual operating cost increase or (decrease) for this project? NA
Any Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations? No
Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations: N/A
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 as Public Works will reallocate the dollars to aging infrastructure elsewhere in the system. In general, the cost to maintain an alley in poor condition is estimated at $2,000 per mile per year. The estimate is that this program will complete the construction of one to two alleys per year with an average length of 357’ per alley, or 0.10 miles of alleys, and the estimated annual cost to maintain these 0.1 miles of alley is $200.
If new infrastructure, discuss how the department/agency will pay for the increased annual operating costs:
Periodic crack sealing may be needed to prolong the life of the pavement.
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:
Periodic crack sealing may be needed to prolong the life of the pavement.
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:
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 is an ongoing alley pavement construction program; funding allocations per year can be flexible and could result in more or less alley construction as a result. The potential limiting factors, aside from funding levels, are workforce capacity and the limit of acceptance for disruption to the public.
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.
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 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.
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.
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:
Permanently paving these alleys corrects drainage issues, reduces annual maintenance expenditures, prevents the development of potholes, and improves the ride quality and the overall condition of these alleys.