City Council approves layout for Hennepin Downtown reconstruction project
The City Council has approved the layout for a reconstruction of Hennepin Avenue from Washington Avenue South to 12th Street — a redesign intended to make the street more functional for all travel modes.
The downtown section of Hennepin Avenue was last rebuilt in 1986. After more than 30 years, the pavement is worn out and needs to be replaced. The redesign is also an opportunity to make the corridor more relevant to the people using it today.
Hennepin Avenue — one of the city’s most celebrated cultural corridors with several theaters and entertainment venues — attracts thousands of people every day, including more than 10,000 pedestrians, 730 bicyclists, 8,100 transit users and 20,000 drivers.
The layout approved today is consistent with a concept developed and approved by the City Council in 2016. Highlights include:
- Wider sidewalks;
- One-way protected bikeways in both travel directions;
- Four vehicle lanes, with Hennepin Avenue remaining a two-way street;
- A narrowed roadway, which will reduce the crossing distance for pedestrians; and
- A consolidation of bus stops from 13 to eight.
The project team will now begin a detailed design phase and continue community engagement. For more information and to sign up for project updates, visit the Hennepin Downtown project website.
Published Jul 20, 2018