Hennepin-Lyndale reconstruction begins Monday
The repaving of one of Minneapolis’ busiest thoroughfares begins Monday, April 4. Crews are reconstructing the intersection of Hennepin Avenue and Lyndale Avenue, just west of Loring Park, between Franklin Avenue and Dunwoody Boulevard. Hennepin-Lyndale will have lane closings, but most of the construction area will remain open to traffic during this work.
Beginning Monday, April 4, the inside two lanes of Hennepin-Lyndale will close to traffic until later this summer, and drivers will use the outer lanes. Once the inside two lanes are reconstructed, traffic will move to those lanes and the outer lanes will close for reconstruction. All lanes are expected to open to traffic by December.
The one major street closing associated with this project is the section of northbound Hennepin Avenue from Franklin Avenue to its merger with Lyndale Avenue, which closes late Sunday night and will remain closed for approximately two months. However, the onramp to eastbound Interstate 94 from that closed section of northbound Hennepin Avenue will stay open throughout construction.
Also, the intersections of Oak Grove Street and Groveland Avenue will close periodically, with some of these closures lasting up to 30 days at a time. However, these two cross streets will never be closed at the same time, and detour routes will be posted.
Pedestrians and bikes will be allowed to cross Hennepin-Lyndale throughout construction, with detours posted. Bus routes will also be maintained, but changes may be made to accommodate construction.
Once the work is complete, Hennepin-Lyndale will have improved traffic flow and a smooth driving surface. Other enhancements will be made as well, including better lane designations and improvements to bicycle and pedestrian crossings. To learn more about this project and to sign up for updates, go to www.hennepinlyndaleproject.com.
Published Apr 1, 2016