Coming this construction season: 70 miles of paved or seal-coated streets
This road work season, the City of Minneapolis will be reconstructing, resurfacing and seal coating 70 miles of streets and parkways. About a quarter of this work will be done using funding from the City’s five-year, $27.5 million Infrastructure Acceleration Program.
The Infrastructure Acceleration Program supplements the City’s existing infrastructure improvement plan, which had not been keeping pace with the gradual decline in street conditions. The Infrastructure Acceleration Program increased the number of street projects done each year, slowing the decline of street conditions and making better roadways for all drivers.
Overall this season, crews will resurface 35 miles of streets in Minneapolis, and one mile of streets will be completely reconstructed. Another 34 miles of streets will be seal coated, which helps extend the lives of streets that are currently in fairly good shape.
Nicollet Avenue reconstruction
The biggest new project this season is the reconstruction of Nicollet Avenue South, from Lake Street to 40th Street. Over the next two construction seasons, crews will be replacing the roadway and curbs, adding wider sidewalks and better streetscapes as well. This year’s work will take place on the southern end of the roadway, from Lake Street to 36th Street.
Businesses along Nicollet Avenue will be open throughout construction. Customers will be able to reach them using side streets outside of the construction zone.
Other major projects of the season include:
Riverside Avenue - This is the final year of Riverside Avenue’s reconstruction. The street will be paved from 23rd Avenue to Cedar Avenue this season. Around 15,000 vehicles drive on Riverside Avenue every day: a number that is expected to climb with the permanent closure of Washington Avenue on the University of Minnesota.
Plymouth Avenue Bridge - Repairs to the bridge over the Mississippi River will begin this summer, and the bridge is expected to reopen to vehicle traffic in mid-October.
Neighborhood paving projects – Residential streets are often paved as groups. The following neighborhoods will have significant repaving work done:
Many of these projects will require road closures, lane restrictions and detours. The best way drivers can find out about these traffic changes is by subscribing to the City’s traffic alerts. The City will also notify the local media about any major traffic impacts so they can share them with the public.
Learn more about Minneapolis’ 2011 Capital Improvement Projects.
Published May 15, 2012