Hennepin South Reconstruction (W Lake Street to Douglas Avenue)

Hennepin Avenue between Douglas Avenue and West Lake Street is programmed in the City’s Capital Improvement Program for reconstruction in 2023. Beginning in 2018, Public Works conducted preliminary planning work in order to submit an application for federal transportation funding through the Metropolitan Council’s Regional Solicitation. Public Works was awarded these funds in early 2019.

Moving forward, Public Works will conduct technical work, collect community feedback, and review policy guidance including the future Transportation Action Plan (2020), Complete Streets Policy (2016), and Vision Zero commitment (2017) to inform the design of Hennepin Avenue. This reconstruction project provides an opportunity to redesign Hennepin Avenue so it meets the street’s current and future needs.

Hennepin South map

Existing conditions

Public Works has identified Hennepin Avenue between Douglas Avenue and West Lake Street as a future reconstruction candidate, driven primarily by its pavement condition, multimodal connections, number of daily users, and opportunity to better plan for Metro Transit’s future  Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) E-Line

Hennepin Avenue serves an estimated 770 to 3,400 people walking, 220 to 280 people biking, 6,600 transit users, 400 buses, and between 15,000 and 31,500 people driving per day. Hennepin Avenue is constrained throughout the corridor and identifying priorities may require trade-offs. Public Works relies on planning guidance and community input to inform the design of streets like Hennepin Avenue.

2018 bus pilot

In May of 2018, Metro Transit and Public Works implemented a three-day test of peak hour bus lanes along Hennepin Avenue between Franklin Avenue and Lake Street. The lessons learned from this pilot were used to implement permanent bus lanes along this corridor in Fall of 2019 until reconstruction of the road in 2023.  
See more information regarding City of Minneapolis bus only lane projects.

Project goals

The goals of the future reconstruction project will aim to provide the following design elements:

Project schedule

Hennepin S timeline graphic

Project documents

Project Factsheet

Community Engagement Summary

Hennepin Ave Crash Study

Regional Solicitation FAQ 

Public meetings

Public Meeting #1- Open House  
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 
Jefferson Community School
Jefferson Cafeteria
1200 26th Street West
Minneapolis, MN 55405

Public Meeting #1-Materials
Boards #1

Boards #2

Existing Layout

Project Factsheet

Open House Handout

Project photos

Hennepin South Photo 1Hennepin South Photo 2
Hennepin South Photo 3Hennepin South Photo 4
Hennepin South Photo 5Hennepin South Photo 6


Becca Hughes, [email protected], 612-673-3594


Last updated Feb 5, 2020



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