Public open house will discuss reconstruction of Hennepin-Lyndale Downtown

Planning is underway for street reconstruction in one of the most trafficked parts of town. The City of Minneapolis has secured federal funding for the reconstruction of the convergence of Hennepin Avenue and Lyndale Avenue, just west of Loring Park. A public open house is being held to get ideas on how to improve transportation in this busy corridor.

The open house will take place at the Walker Art Center on Tuesday, March 25. Project planners want to hear from people who use this area, including drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists, about the challenges they have on Hennepin-Lyndale. They are also asking for suggestions on improving these streets.

Public Open House
6:30 – 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Walker Art Center, Skyline Room
1750 Hennepin Ave.

The federal funding will be used for roadway improvements on sections of Hennepin Avenue and Lyndale Avenue between Franklin Avenue and Dunwoody Boulevard. These stretches of roadway handle more than 50,000 vehicles per day, and this heavy traffic has put a lot of wear and tear on the driving surface. Plans call for reconstructing the roadway and making other enhancements, including new signage, better lane designations and improved bicycle and pedestrian crossings. Preliminary plans will be completed later this spring, followed by environmental documentation and final design by the end of the year. Construction could begin as early as 2015.

To learn more about this project and to sign up for updates, go to www.hennepinlyndaleproject.com.

Published Mar 19, 2014