PV142 Downtown East Paving

Project Details:

Project Start Date: 4/15/2021

Ongoing Program: Y/N

Submitting Department: Public Works

Contact Person: Nathan Koster

Level of Need: Significant

Estimated Project Completion Date: 11/15/2021

Department Priority: 40 of 62

Contact Phone Number: (612) 673-3638

Website: TBD

Project Location:

Address: 3rd St S; 10th Ave S; 12th Ave S

City Sector: Downtown

Affected Neighborhoods: Downtown East

Affected Wards: 3

Project Description:

The proposed project consists of reconstructing portions of 10th Avenue S, 3rd Street S, and 12th Avenue S between Washington Avenue S and the Hiawatha LRT Trail in the Downtown East neighborhood. The proposed scope of work along these streets will include full reconstruction due to the deteriorated condition of the asphalt (12th Avenue S and 3rd Street S) and brick paver (10th Avenue S) streets. This includes new ADA-compliant sidewalks with pedestrian curb ramps, curb-extensions, pavement and subbase, new curb and gutter, added boulevard, traffic signal improvements, and utility improvements as needed. The project will also include trees and green infrastructure treatments in the boulevard where feasible (to be further refined in final design). In addition, the project includes a new off-street trail along the west side of 10th Avenue S. This trail will provide a new connection between the existing on-street bike lanes on Washington Avenue S and the Hiawatha LRT Trail. The proposed project is programmed for construction in 2021.

Purpose and Justification:

This project is intended to improve the right-of-way for all users and modes of travel. The segment of 3rd St S was built in 1918 and is currently rated “poor” in the City’s Pavement Condition Index (PCI) rating scale, as measured in 2017. The segment of 12th Ave S was built in 1950 and is currently rated “poor” in the City’s Pavement Condition Index (PCI) rating, as measured in 2017. The segment of 10th Ave S was originally constructed with brick pavers in the early 1900’s and has been patched throughout the following decades. While the paver sections cannot be rated using the City’s typical Pavement Condition (PCI) rating system, the asphalt patched areas have been rated as “very poor” on the City’s PCI rating scale. Curb and gutter is generally non-existent or in very poor condition on the west side of the street along this stretch of the project. The streets within the project have a pavement surface that is beyond its expected useful life.

This reconstruction project provides an opportunity to incorporate ADA compliant pedestrian ramps, address sidewalk obstructions and sidewalk gaps, and add furnishing zone or boulevard space with street trees. The City has limited data pedestrian, bicycle, or vehicle counts for these street segments, however a moderate amount of all modal traffic types can be assumed. With ongoing and recently completed redevelopment of nearby lots, the amount of pedestrian and bicycle activity is expected to increase significantly over existing conditions.

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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:

Not Applicable


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 June 12, 2017.

Economic Development

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:

Improvement of streetscape conditions within this portion of Downtown East will supplement the momentum from a number of recent major development projects to continue transformation of the area.

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

In consideration of its relatively low intensity utilization of land, the right block enclosed by this project in particular will likely be a target for redevelopment in the future. Improvement of pedestrian facilities, specifically the closing of gaps in the sidewalk, will be an important factor for any proposals that may come through in the future.


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.

There are no existing or planned transitways within the project limits. Washington Ave S is an adjacent corridor that is served by Route 7 and Route 22. Addressing sidewalk obstructions, sidewalk gaps, and providing ADA compliant curb ramps will improve access and connectivity to transit.

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

Yes, providing pedestrian accommodations including improved sidewalks, crosswalks, and providing ADA compliant curb ramps are an integral part of this project. In addition, the project includes a new protected trail (two-way) along the east side of 10th Avenue behind the curb at the same level as the sidewalk. This trail will provide a new link in the all ages and abilities network, connecting the existing on-street bike lanes on Washington Avenue to the existing Hiawatha LRT regional Trail.

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 three streets in the project each have an 80 foot right of way. There are some visible encroachments into the right of way including portions of 10th Ave S that are being utilized for private parking. Also, people using many modes of travel, including pedestrians, drivers, and people trying to park will all be competing for space within the project area.

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? 2021

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 costlier 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 .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:

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. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2021 with construction lasting one season.

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 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. The restoration of these streets within the Downtown East neighborhood will continue to support the transitioning land uses in the neighborhood that connect to nearby transitways, parks, and popular destinations.