61st Street West Reconstruction


Project Description/Overview: 61st St W is scheduled to be reconstructed from Lyndale Ave S to Nicollet Ave S in 2018. A reconstruction project typically includes a new road surface, sub-base, curbs, sidewalk, boulevard space and utilities as needed. The City right of way on 61st St W is limited to 50 feet in width. The street is in poor condition and much of the existing sidewalk is not ADA compliant. The initial project concepts show new and expanded sidewalk space with curb bumpouts to improve pedestrian crossings, and new boulevard space where feasible. Due to limited right of way space, these new amenities are achievable only through a reduction in street width. The preliminary concepts at the link below show different options for how this space could be reutilized.

Project Limits: Lyndale Ave S to Nicollet Ave S

Construction Start Date: 2018

Duration of Construction: 1 construction season

Traffic Impact: Lane closures and /or detours expected during construction

Public Meeting Info: 

Follow-up project meetings will be held on April 12th, 2017, one in the afternoon, one in the evening. A staff recommended concept will be presented at this meeting and additional feedback will be collected. Information for these meetings are as follows:

April 12th afternoon meeting: City of Minneapolis, Maintenance Facility 6036 Harriet Ave S, Minneapolis 55419 (meet in the lunchroom)

April 12th evening meeting: Windom South Recreation Center 5843 Wentworth Ave S, Minneapolis 55419 (meet in the multipurpose room)

Recommended project layout: Public Works staff have developed a recommended project layout which combines elements from each of the previous design options and incorporates further site analysis and stakeholder feedback: Recommended project layout link


Two project open houses were held on March 15th, one in the afternoon, one in the evening. Property owners along the corridor were mailed a letter notifying them of the meeting. Public Works staff gathered feedback to incorporate into future design iterations.

Afternoon Open House, March 15th 1pm - 3pm - City of Minneapolis Maintenance Facility, Lunch Room - 6036 Harriet Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419

Evening Open House, March 15th  5:30pm - 7:30pm - Windom South Recreation Center, Multi-Purpose Room - 5843 Wentworth Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419

A follow-up meeting is to be scheduled for April, details to come.

Open house notification letter

Project Contact: Forrest Hardy, Transportation Planner - Forrest.Hardy@MinneapolisMN.Gov 612-673-5951

Preliminary Design Options: Layout 1, Layout 2 (Note: These are preliminary concepts for the purpose of gathering community and stakeholder feedback. Staff will incorporate this feedback into a final recommended design that may take elements from both of these layouts.)

Project Summary Sheet: 61st St W - Summary Sheet

Existing Site Photos:











Last updated Apr 18, 2017



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