14th, 15th, 16th Streets E & W
On-street bike lanes and shared lane markings (aka sharrows)
Loring Bikeway – Groveland Avenue to 15th Street (aka Oak Grove Street)
15th Street W
15th Street E st Avenue S
16th Street E st Avenue S to 4th Avenue S
4th Avenue S th Street E to 15th Street E
15th Street E th Avenue S to Park Avenue
14th Street E th Avenue S
Construction Start Date
Lane changes will include bike lanes in each direction between Hennepin/Lyndale Avenues and 4th Avenue, as well as between Park Avenue and 11th Avenue S. Shared lane markings will be added on 15th Street E between 4th Avenue S and Park Avenue. One of two travel lanes in each direction will be removed on 16th Street between 1st Avenue and 3rd Avenue.
Parking changes will in two locations. Parking will be added on 16th Street E between 1st and 3rd Avenues, in both directions. Parking will also be added on 15th Street E between Nicollet and 1st Avenues in the westbound direction.
Striping will be in permanent tape. On some portions of the project a layer of seal coating will be laid over the roadway surface, and permanent tape will be laid into this layer. On other portions, the permanent tape will be ground into the existing surface.
Innovation will be included in several ways on the project. Colored green crosswalks (or trail crossings) will be striped on the Loring Bikeway at both Groveland Avenue and 15th Street (aka Oak Grove Street). Colored green conflict zones will be striped in three locations where motorists must cross over the bike lane to enter a right turn lane. These locations are on 16th Street E at 3rd Avenue S (in both eastbound and westbound directions) and at the eastbound approach to the I-94 westbound ramp near 4th Avenue S. Advisory bike lanes will be added on 14th Street E between Portland Avenue and 11th Avenue S. The two latter treatments were granted experimental approval from the FHWA (pdf). For more details read the City’s request to experiment (pdf).
Innovation also includes 10.5’ travel lanes in lieu of 11’ travel lanes and 7’ or 7.5’ parking lanes in lieu of 8’ parking lanes on 15th Street E between Oak Grove Street and Nicollet Avenue. These treatments were granted a federal aid design exception (pdf).
Bike racks will be installed at approximately sixteen locations (pdf).
October 4, 2011
Construction on the project began in June. Reconstructed bike paths and landscaping are complete in Loring Park. Advisory bike lanes were striped on 14th Street a few weeks ago. Bike lanes on 15th Street and 16th Street are in the process of being striped. Green trail crossings have not yet been painted. Most signing changes will take place over the coming months.
A grand opening and ribbon cutting will take place Wednesday, October 5th at 4:30pm. Meet in Loring Park near the corner of Willow and 15th Street. For more details visit the project opening website.
September 3, 2010
The final detailed plans (pdf) have been approved by City, County, Transit for Livable Communities, and MnDOT staff. The Federal Highway Administration has given approval for the project to move forward. The project is now being advertised to contractors for their bids. Construction is expected to begin in 2011.
June 28, 2010
- Revisions have been made (pdf) to the previously proposed redesigned entrance to the southwest corner of Loring Park. These changes were due to review by MnDOT’s Cultural Resources Unit.
April 16, 2010
- presentation (pdf) given at the public meeting and the project summary (pdf) are both available for review.
April 8, 2010
A public meeting (pdf) will be held on Thursday, April 15th to discuss new bike lanes on 14th, 15th, and 16th Streets on the southern edge of Downtown. This project will also include a redesigned entrance to the southwest corner of Loring Park, where the Loring Bikeway intersects the route. The redesigned entrance will include new bicycling and walking paths.
The on-street bike lanes will run between Hennepin/Lyndale Avenues on the west and 11th Avenue S on the east. The proposed bike lanes (pdf) and a concept for the redesigned entrance to Loring Park (pdf) are available in draft form. Feedback and questions are welcome.
Last updated Mar. 16, 2012