Hiawatha-Lake Intersection Study
Hi-Lake Phase 2 Study (completed April 2019)
In the spring of 2019, the City and Hennepin county completed the Hi-Lake Phase 2 Intersection Study. Phase 2 of the study began in fall 2017 and examined potential near and long-term solutions for improving the multimodal environment at the Hi-Lake Intersection. Phase 2 of the Study focused on:
- Developing a phased action plan for the implementation of the interim Tier 1 and 2 improvements
- Additional technical analysis to confirm feasibility
- Additional refinement of the preferred long-term concept (Tight Diamond)
- Public engagement around these items
Near Term Treatments (2019)
- The City And County have entered into an agreement to equally fund $400,000 in near-term treatments at Hi-Lake in 2019, as identified in the Hi-Lake Action Plan. Hennepin County will be leading design and construction of the treatments.
- The 2019 improvements will include: temporary curb extensions, concrete median extensions for pedestrian refuges, high visibility crosswalk markings and installation of a temporary bus platform in a portion of the westbound right turn lane on Lake Street.
Long Term Vision: Tight Diamond Intersection Reconfiguration
- The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has committed to funding $1.5M in pedestrian improvements at the Hi-Lake Intersection in 2022, in addition to their repaving of Hiawatha Avenue. This is an exciting opportunity for MnDOT, the City and County to implement the long-term vision of fully redesigning Hi-Lake in 2022.
Phase 2 Study Materials
Hi-Lake Phase 1 Study (completed 2016)
In February 2016, the City and Hennepin County completed the Hi-Lake Phase 1 Intersection Study, a technical study to inform decisions about potential improvements to the pedestrian and bicycle environment at the Hi-Lake interchange. Phase 1 of the study documented existing conditions, key transportation issues at the intersection, and identified a number of potential short and long-term treatments at the intersection.
Several multimodal goals emerged from Phase 1 of the Study, including:
- Improve pedestrian and bicyclist comfort, safety, and security, and minimize delay at signals
- Ensure the roadway configuration supports all transit movements and facilitates efficient transit operations
- Reallocate right-of-way from vehicle lanes to sidewalk space where feasible to accommodate improved transit infrastructure, including arterial bus rapid transit stations
- Create a dedicated connection between nearby bicycle trails and the Blue Line Lake Street Station
The City has shared Phase 1 of the study with community organizations in the area and at community events, such as 2017 Lake Street Open Streets and the Midtown Farmers Market.
Phase 1 Study Materials
(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 Apr 9, 2019