Penn Avenue South reconstruction begins April 15

Work begins April 15 on a complete reconstruction of a stretch of Penn Avenue South. This year’s work will replace the street from just north of 54th Street West to Minnesota Highway 62. Four additional blocks to the north will be reconstructed in 2014.

Starting on April 10, Penn Avenue South will be closed to through traffic from just south of the 54th Street intersection to just north of 60th Street intersection so the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board can remove dozens of ash trees to prevent the spread of the emerald ash borer. Due to the large size of many of these trees, segments of Penn Avenue will need to be closed to all through traffic while trees are being cut. The tree removal will be completed by April 15, when the street reconstruction is scheduled to begin.

Once street reconstruction work starts on April 15, the section of Penn Avenue will remain closed to through traffic. Cross streets will stay open to traffic during most of the construction, and will only be closed when work needs to take place at those intersections. Later this summer, crews will extend the reconstruction work zone to include the intersection of Penn Avenue and 54th Street and Penn Avenue from 60th Street to Highway 62.

City crews will maintain access to local businesses as much as possible during the project. A signed detour will be in place, directing through traffic to Xerxes Avenue instead of Penn. Penn Avenue buses will also be detoured to Xerxes Avenue. Bus route 156 will use its normal route with a short detour to 54th Street during times to be coordinated with Metro Transit. The street reconstruction is also being coordinated with the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s redecking of the Penn Avenue bridge over Highway 62.

By the end of this year, Penn Avenue will be completely reconstructed from 54th Street West to the highway. This includes new pavement, curbs, driveway aprons, pedestrian ramps, intersection bump-outs, storm drains and traffic signal upgrades. Boulevard trees will be replaced in 2014 by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board at no cost to property owners along Penn Avenue.

For more information on the project, visit the Penn Avenue reconstruction web page on the City’s website.

Published Apr. 9, 2013