Girard Ave S Reconstruction Project
In 2020, the City of Minneapolis will reconstruct Girard Ave S between Lake St and Lagoon Ave.
Utility work is expected to begin in April 2020, with major reconstruction beginning in late Spring. During construction, the street will be closed to traffic. The roadway work is anticipated to be complete by the end of 2020, with landscaping likely occurring in the Spring of 2021.
Recommended conceptual design
Public Works is recommending a Two-Way Slow Street design for the block of Girard Avenue South, between Lake Street and Lagoon Avenue.
The recommended conceptual alternative can be downloaded as a PDF.
What is a ‘Slow Street’?
Slow streets function much like a traditional street, however they provide an improved pedestrian experience along streets with lower vehicle speeds and volumes.
Future flexibility: Curbless Design
Public Works is also recommending that Girard Avenue South be designed as a ‘curbless’ street to allow for future operational flexibility.
What is a ‘Curbless’ Street?
A curbless street is designed with a single flat surface without curb separation between the vehicular and pedestrian zones (i.e. the sidewalk, furnishing zones, and street are all at the same level). Curbless streets provide separate vehicular and pedestrian zone, which is distinctly different from a shared street design (i.e. where the street is designed for pedestrians to comfortably mix with vehicles). Instead, curbless streets are designed to provide flexible and accessible space for festivals, farmers markets, and other special activities.
Why is Public Works recommending a Two-Way Curbless Slow Street?
Public Works is recommending this conceptual design, because:
- The Two-Way Slow Street design does the best job of balancing Public Works project goals as well as project priorities expressed by stakeholders.
- The curbless design allows for future operational flexibility; meaning it makes it simpler to convert this block to a full pedestrian mall if the land use context in the area changes.
Public Works staff will be sharing the recommended conceptual alternative with stakeholders at the following meetings:
- Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association – Zoning and Planning Committee
- Wednesday, March 13, 2019
- South Uptown Neighborhood Association
- Tuesday, March 19, 2019
- Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee
- Tuesday, March 19, 2019
- Minneapolis Pedestrian Advisory Committee
- Thursday, March 21, 2019
- Uptown Special Service District Advisory Board
- Meeting date to be decided
- Meeting date to be decided
Then staff will seek layout approval from the Transportation and Public Works Committee of the City Council in May 2019. Construction is planned for 2020.
Public Works project goals
- Prioritize people's ability to walk comfortably to, from, and along Girard Ave S
- Provide a bicycle connection from the Midtown Greenway to Calhoun Square
- Accommodate business deliveries
- Accommodate drop-off and pick-up of visitors to the area
- Minimize disruption to the existing pedestrian amenities installed on the east side of the street
A summary of outreach activities conducted for the Girard Ave S Reconstruction project is available.
The document includes results gathered via a survey focused on project goals and design outcomes as well as a summary of feedback gathered at a project open house on January 24, 2019.
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Existing Pedestrian and Vehicular Use
Many people walk along Girard Ave, especially late in the evenings on weekends. In late evenings on weekends, as many as 200 pedestrians per hour have been counted along Girard Ave S. During the weekday, the number of pedestrians is nearly as many as the number of drivers. Late in the evening, the number of pedestrians is much higher than the number of drivers, as shown in the graphs below.
On average, drivers are traveling along Girard Ave S at 13.7 MPH, with 5% of drivers driving over 22.1 MPH.
Freight deliveries, as well as restaurant delivery services (i.e. Bite Squad, etc.) were all observed on Girard Ave S, however no formal delivery counts are available.
A steady stream of people on bicycles were observed using Girard Ave S, however no formal bicycle counts are available.
Girard Ave S, looking north along the block
The Girard Meander
The 2008 Uptown Small Area Plan recommends that Girard Ave S should be redesigned as the Girard Meander, a pedestrian spine between the Greenway, Mozaic and Calhoun Square.
Selection of Girard Ave S
Girard Ave S was selected as a reconstruction project based on the City's 20 Year Streets Funding Plan framework. The framework prioritizes capital projects using a data-driven approach with a focus on racial and economic equity. Girard Ave S was selected as a reconstruction candidate based on the many people that walk along the street coupled with the street's poor pavement condition.
Adjacent property owners will be assessed for this street reconstruction project. Additional details about the assessment for this project will become available after further design of the project, including a public hearing through the Transportation and Public Works Committee of the Minneapolis City Council.
More information about assessments can be found on the City's Special Assessments page.
Adam Hayow, Project Engineer; 612-673-2172 or [email protected]
Tracy Lindgren, Construction Engineer; 612-290-5898 or [email protected]
Last updated Apr 1, 2020