2013 street construction projects are underway
The City of Minneapolis is increasing the investment it makes in streets in 2013. More than 54 miles of roadway will be reconstructed, repaved or seal coated this construction season: an investment of $33.5 million. That surpasses last year’s investment in streets by more than 42 percent. The City’s overall 2013 transportation investment totals $52 million and in addition to street paving includes traffic improvements, bridge work, and pedestrian and bicycle projects.
There are five street reconstruction projects in 2013, which will provide 2.75 miles of new roadway. This includes the building of a new section of Van White Memorial Boulevard, which will connect the City’s North Side with the South side. In addition, 29 miles of streets and parkways will be resurfaced and another 23 miles will be seal coated.
2013 street projects
Van White Memorial Boulevard – Crews will finish work on this extension of Van White Memorial Boulevard, which includes a 600-foot bridge spanning the Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail lines and the Cedar Lake Trail. The roadway, which will provide a new connection between North and South Minneapolis, is slated to open to traffic later this summer.
Penn Avenue South – In phase 1 of the project, Penn Avenue from 54th Street West to Minnesota Highway 62 (the Crosstown) will be completely reconstructed. The reconstruction effort will extend up to 50th Street West in 2014.
Nicollet Avenue South – The street was reconstructed from Lake Street to 36th Street last season. Phase 2 of this street reconstruction project will pick up where the project left off, reconstructing the street further south to 40th Street.
Winter Street NE – Winter Street and surrounding neighborhood streets are unpaved. The project will remove the old roadway and put in new curbs and driving surfaces.
46th Street West – This street links Lyndale Avenue with King’s Highway. Four blocks of street will be fully reconstructed, and advisory bike lanes will be added.
31st Street East – The block just east of Minnehaha Avenue is being reconstructed.
Street resurfacing – A total of 29 miles of streets will be resurfaced throughout the city. This work involves milling off the top layer of asphalt and replacing it with a new, smoother driving surface. This includes streets in the following residential areas:
The Cooper neighborhood
North Dorman area of the Seward neighborhood
The Linden Hills neighborhood
The Page neighborhood
Seal coating – Streets that are in fairly good shape can be seal coated to prolong the life of the driving surface. City crews plan to sealcoat around 23 miles of roadway in Minneapolis.
Parkways – Public Works and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board collaborate regarding pavement management, and maintenance and construction of the Parkway system. Approximately 2.4 miles of parkways will be repaved by City crews in 2013, and another 12 miles will be seal coated.
Bridges – Some bridges in Minneapolis are getting the attention of Public Works this season. The work will help protect these vital parts of the city’s transportation infrastructure.
After last season’s repair work, the Plymouth Bridge opened to traffic. The bridge will remain open during this season’s construction, but lane restrictions will be in place.
Under the Midtown Corridor Bridge Preservation Program, the 15th Avenue and 16th Avenue bridges over the Midtown Greenway will be restored. Work on these bridges, which were both constructed in 1916, includes redecking, sidewalk work, repairs to the bridge surface and other renovations.
Restoration work will take place on Bridge 9, which carries bike and pedestrian traffic over the Mississippi River by the U of M East Bank campus.
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 online at www.minneapolismn.gov/publicworks/traffic. The City will also notify the local media about any major traffic impacts so they can share them with the public.
For more information about Minneapolis’ 2013 construction projects, visit www.minneapolismn.gov/cip/2013.
Published May 29, 2013