Public Works

350 South 5th Street
RM 203 City Hall
Minneapolis, MN  55415-1390

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Minnehaha Ave (CSAH)

Project Type:
This program is a cooperative program between the City of Minneapolis and Hennepin County to help reconstruct County State Aid Highway (CSAH) segments that fall with in the city limits.  These projects were last constructed in the mid to late 1950's and are at or past the end of their serviceable lives.  The streets in this program have a high volume of traffic, and are exhibiting signs of severe deterioration.  These streets are past the point where maintenance will insure a safe and pothole free surface.  Public Works/Street Maintenance has received a tremendous amount of complaints regarding these streets which already require extraordinary maintenance.  Therefore, the City is requesting that the total reconstruction of these streets be done as early as possible.

A tremendous amount of money is spent on maintenance on several County State-Aid Highways which are beyond ordinary repair.  Extraordinary maintenance drains resources and is not an efficient use of limited maintenance funds.  This program will reconstruct those CSAH roadways that were built over 40 years ago.  If these roadways are not reconstructed, the surface will deteriorate even more which will discourage traffic from using these streets.  If the traffic does not use these streets, it will use adjacent residential streets not intended nor built for high traffic volumes. 

Project Limits:
The project is located in south Minneapolis on Minnehaha Ave from Lake St E to 46th St E.

Construction Start Date:
The project is scheduled for 2015-2016.

Length of Construction:
Unknown at this time

Traffic Impact:
Unknown at this time

Assessment Information:
Example Assessment Package

Public Meetings:
Areaway Notice Package
Pre-Assessment Public Meeting
January 13, 2015
Minnehaha Communion Lutheran Church
4101 37th Ave S,
Minneapolis, Mn 55406

January 20, 2015
Public Hearing before City Council
City Hall, Minneapolis

Contact: Project Engineer: Chris Engelman 612-673-3274

Project Updates:
January 2015:
The City of Minneapolis will have a public meeting to answer assessment questions on January 13, 2015, from 5-6pm at the Minnehaha Communion Lutheran Church, 4101 37th Ave S. They start with a brief overview of the assessment process followed by questions.

May 21, 2014: Water Work:  Minneapolis Water will be cleaning and lining the existing water main that runs on the west side of Minnehaha Ave.  The location of work  in 2014 is from E. 38th St to Nawadaha Blvd.  Next year the location will be from Lake St to E 38th St.

There are three phases or stages involved in this process.  We are nearly complete with the first stage which is setting up traffic control, setting up temporary water service and digging the access holes prior to the arrival of the cleaning and lining contractor.  The water main is roughly eight feet below the street which requires us to cut a 10 foot by 10 foot opening in the street at intervals of roughly 500 to 600 feet, generally at or near the intersections.  The City's goal is to have all the access holes dug and ready  prior to the arrival of the contractor.  The second stage is when the contractor moves in to clean and line the main.  The normal process is for the contractor to have one crew set up at the middle access hole in a set of three holes and clean the  main in both directions (two blocks) from that hole.  Once the two segments of the main are cleaned, the crew will move to the next set of three holes and perform the same task.  A second crew that is following the first crew will spray a cement/mortar lining on the freshly cleaned interior of the main.  this will continue in this fashion until the entire length of water main is cleaned and lined.  The third and final stage is the disinfections and reinstatement of the main and restoration of the street.  Following directly behind the lining crew, City forces will install a new main to replace the sections that were cut out and disinfect the entire segment.  Upon confirmation that the main is ready for service, the access holes will be backfilled and the street restored.

Due to the length of time estimated for set up, cleaning and lining and reinstatement, Minneapolis Water chose to do this work one year prior to the County's work.  The contractor estimated 22 days for just the cleaning and lining portion of the project.  Prior to that the City will have roughly two to three weeks of set up and digging access holes.  There is some cushion built into the schedule in the off chance that some difficulties arise in the set up process so there may be times when no activity is happening at the access holes. 

The contractor is scheduled to begin work on June 3rd and should wrap up around July 4th.  As mentioned, reinstatement of the water main and restoration will occur as the contractor completes a segment or block so by the time the contractor is on the last block, most of the project should be completely restored. 

Properties adjacent to or across from the access holes, again which are mostly at the intersections, will occasionally see no parking signs posted in front of their property for brief periods to accommodate loading and unloading of material.

September 30 & October 2, 2013: Minnehaha Ave Public Meeting:
The purpose of these meeting is to present changes to the preliminary design concept and gather additional input from residents, property owners and the community on potential improvements to the area.  Hennepin County and the city staff, as well as the consultant, will be available to discuss the project and answer questions.  From 6:30-7:30 p.m. there will be a brief presentation, followed by a question and answer session.
Hennepin County, in coordination with the City of Minneapolis, is developing the design concept for Minnehaha Ave from 46th St S to Lake St.  Construction of the project is expected to begin in 2015 and extend through two construction seasons, finishing in 2016.  For more information, visit

(Note: Project information may change due to scheduling, weather, or other factors outside of our control. Listings will be updated as new information becomes available.) Citizens concerned with pedestrian access during construction should contact the project manager directly.

Last updated Jan 9, 2015