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Riverside Ave Paving


Project Type:
This proposed one mile long project will reconstruct Riverside Ave between Cedar Ave and Franklin Ave.  Riverside Ave, which was constructed in the late 1950's, supports approximately 15,000 vehicles per day.  This high volume of traffic has taken its toll on this MSA roadway, which has many ruts and potholes.  The objective of this project is to reconstruct Riverside Ave in two phases.  One phase would be Cedar Ave to 23rd Ave S, and the second phase from 23rd Ave S to Franklin Ave.
The current pavement is over 50 years old, and showing signs of severe deterioration and is at the end of its service life.  Because of its poor condition, this roadway is using a significant amount of our limited maintenance dollars.  In addition, with the construction of the Central Corridor LRT, and the resulting closure of Washington Ave, we are expecting traffic to increase as Riverside Ave becomes a vital link in this area.

Project Limits:
The project is located in south Minneapolis on Riverside Ave between Cedar Ave and Franklin Ave.

Construction Start Date:
The project is scheduled for 2011 and 2012.  The 2012 road construction will begin in late May, and work will extend into November.  See the Project Updates below for more details.

Length of Construction:

The Riverside Ave construction for 2011 from the south leg of 23rd Ave S to Franklin Ave is complete.  The 2012 construction will extend from Cedar Ave to the south leg of 23rd Ave S.

Traffic Impact:

General traffic will be re-routed around the construction.  Riverside Ave will be closed while under construction and through traffic will not be permitted.  Cross traffic will be maintained on 20th Ave S, but may be limited to one lane during construction.  A flyer depicting the general detour route is posted below.  Stage 1 is underway.  Stage 2 will start approximately May 7th, and Stage 3 will start approximately late September.  All schedules are dependent on weather and other factors.  Information on traffic changes will continue to be posted on the project web site.

Project Engineer: Chris Engelmann 612-673-3274

Project Update:
October 24th, 2012:
There will be short term utility work at former 24th Ave S that will close east bound Riverside.  The work is planned to occur, weather permitting, between October 31st and November 2nd.
Detour Map 

Pre-Construction Public Meeting : April 11, 2012
June 1, 2011 Meeting
May 12, 2011 Meeting
August 24, 2010 Meeting
June 22, 2010 Meeting

Layouts, Detours & Images:
Final Layout 12-9-2010
2012 Detour Routes
Riverside FAQ

Riverside Ave is re-opened between Cedar Ave and 20th Ave S.  Through traffic flow is allowed.  The area is still under construction so please be aware of construction personnel and short ter detours.  Stage 3 is planned to start September 10th.

(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 Jun 13, 2014



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