Stone Arch Bridge & Presidents Bike Boulevard

Project Type

Bicycle Boulevard

Project Limits

The Stone Arch Bridge & Presidents Bicycle Boulevard will run along these streets (from north to south):

View a map of the project (pdf).

Construction Start Date

September 23, 2013

Contact Information

Simon Blenski, 612-616-7345,

Project Details

Bicycle boulevards are proposed on all of the streets listed above, with the exception of E Hennepin Avenue (where the sidewalk will be used) and 6th Avenue SE between University Avenue and the Stone Arch Bridge (where bike lanes already exist). Traffic calming and stop sign changes will include:

Bike racks will be installed along the project corridor.

Project Updates

May 27, 2014

Project construction will be completed by the end of June. Remaining items include:

December 20, 2013

A committee is forming to make a neighborhood recommendation for the intersection of Fillmore Street and Spring Street.  The committee is anticipated to meet 3 times - on January 6th, February 3rd, and March 3rd - at 5:30pm at the Beltrami Recreation Center (1111 Summer St NE).  Based upon a neighborhood vote at the November 13th meeting, as well as input from federal funding partners, the range of options has been narrowed.  As a result, the committee will be making a recommendation about how the intersection should be painted, etc. with two-way stops for east/west traffic and the north-south stop signs removed.  Questions and suggestions can be directed toward Shaun Murphy with Public Works at 612-673-3166,

November 6, 2013

Construction of the miniature traffic circle at the intersection of Fillmore Street and Spring Street has been put on hold in order to engage more members of the community in a discussion about the design.  Public Works crews have begun installing a test miniature traffic circle in order to evaluate concerns about on-street parking and truck/bus access.  On Wednesday, November 13th, a community meeting will be held at the Beltrami Park building (1111 Summer Street NE).  City and neighborhood goals will be shared, and a range of options will be presented and discussed.  More details can be found in the letter delivered to the community (pdf) from Council Member Diane Hofstede.  A preferred solution is anticipated to be implemented in the first half of 2014.  Questions, concerns and suggestions can be directed toward Council Member Hofstede at 612-673-2203,; or Shaun Murphy with Public Works at 612-673-3166,

September 20, 2013

Weather permitting, construction is scheduled to begin on Monday, September 23rd.  The City of Minneapolis has hired Thomas & Sons Construction to carry out the work, and several subcontractors will be assisting.  Activity during the week of September 23rd is anticipated to include asphalt and concrete removal at the intersections of E Hennepin Avenue & 5th Avenue SE, Fillmore Street NE & Spring Street NE, Polk Street NE & Lowry Street NE, and Polk Street NE & 28th Avenue NE.  Parking restrictions, lane closures, and street closures are expected in order to accommodate construction crews.  The length of time for construction at each intersection will vary.  Construction for the entire project is anticipated to be complete in early November.

July 1, 2013

A traffic calming test is now installed on the 700 block of 6th Ave SE. The test is intended to simulate a bump out or “choker” proposed as part of the Stone Arch Bridge Bike Boulevard. A choker is a traffic calming device intended to slow the speeds of motor vehicle traffic, making the street safer for all road users. During the test, 6th Ave SE will remain a two-way street. Also note that there is No Parking posted between 7th St SE and choker. The test will remain in place for approximately 30 days.

6th Ave SE

Public Works will be monitoring the test and using the following criteria to determine if it is successful:

To provide feedback on the test, please call 311 (612-673-3000) or e-mail Please tell the 311 agent that you are calling about the traffic calming test on 6th Ave SE. All road users including drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians are encouraged to provide feedback.

December 1, 2011

A median (pdf) is proposed at Polk Street and Lowry Avenue. A median would have the benefit of slowing traffic traveling along Lowry Avenue. It would also provide a safe stopping space for bicycles and pedestrians crossing Lowry Avenue at Polk Street. Impacts from the median would include minimal parking loss on Lowry Avenue and prohibiting left turns from Lowry Avenue onto Polk Street, and from Polk Street onto Lowry Avenue. Motorists would also not be able to travel north-south on Polk at Lowry. To discourage traffic from diverting onto the 24xx and 25xx blocks of Taylor Street, speed bumps will be considered in these blocks.


We are looking for your feedback on these elements. Attend a multi-block and community meeting on Thursday, December 15th from 6:00-7:00pm at Audubon Park Recreation Center (1320 29th Avenue NE). If you can’t make the meeting share your comments with Council Member Kevin Reich,, (612) 673-2201; or Shaun Murphy, Non Motorized Transportation Coordinator,, (612) 333-2450.

September 15, 2011

Public Works reassessed the project budget and determined that additional funding would allow more project elements to be constructed. Under the previous budget, only a small number of project elements could be built. An additional funding request was submitted to Bike Walk Twin Cities this past spring. $130,000 was granted in July. The City of Minneapolis is now working with Bike Walk Twin Cities to determine which elements can be constructed with the total available funds of $455,000. Construction is now anticipated in 2012.

August 10, 2010


Draft staff recommendations (pdf) have been shared with neighborhood organizations along the corridor. Some changes will be made due to the input we have received. Testing of bike boulevard pavement markings was done in May in two locations (see photo). The project has largely been on hold since March due to other projects which were in the queue ahead of this project. Construction is now anticipated in 2011. Detailed plans will be drawn up late in 2010.

March 2010

A public feedback summary (pdf) from the February public meetings is now available.

February 2010

Two public meetings were held, one each in Northeast (pdf) and Southeast (pdf). A Power Point presentation (pdf) and the project layout and alternatives (pdf) were presented. A ballot (pdf) was also distributed.

November 2009


A working group tour was held with approximately 15 bicyclists in attendance. Route alignment and difficult crossings were discussed in detail.

August 27, 2009

A kickoff meeting to begin developing standards for bike boulevards is scheduled for September. Design work will begin later this fall, with anticipated completion of the project in 2010.

April 30, 2009

City staff have met with all 6 neighborhood organizations along the corridor. Standards being developed for bike boulevards with the assistance of Alliant Engineering will affect this project. Design work will begin later this summer, with anticipated completion of the project in 2010.

January 9, 2009

Meetings have now been held in 4 neighborhoods, including Waite Park, Audubon Park, Beltrami and Marcy Holmes. Overall, meeting attendees have been supportive of the project, although they are interested in seeing more detailed plans as they become available. So far comments have been collected on opportunities and concerns along the route. These comments will help to direct the work of the consultant, who will be hired this winter. Meetings with the remaining neighborhoods (Northeast Park and Windom Park) will be held in January and February. Anticipated completion of this project is summer of 2010.

October 29, 2008

The project memo for preliminary engineering work was submitted in September. MnDOT notified the City today that we are authorized to proceed with design work. The City has already met with the Eastside Bicycle Task Force. A neighborhood meeting took place in the Waite Park neighborhood on October 1st, and the next meeting will take place on November 3rd in Audubon Park. Residents attending the first public meeting were equally supportive and unsupportive of the project, but education efforts seem to be improving the balance. Meetings with neighborhood groups will continue through the winter and spring. A consultant will also be hired shortly. Anticipated completion of this project is summer of 2010.

Other Information

This project was funded by the federal Non-Motorized Transportation Pilot Program.

Last updated Dec 30, 2014