City gears up for 2019 construction season
Significant investments in public infrastructure planned throughout Minneapolis
The City’s 2019 construction season kicks off this month with capital improvement projects planned throughout Minneapolis. The projects will improve the transportation network and underground utilities once complete, making travel safer and more efficient for all travel modes.
The increased investment in the City’s street network is a result of a landmark agreement passed by the Minneapolis City Council in 2016 that provides $800 million over the next 20 years to help maintain streets and neighborhood parks. Improvements to pedestrian, bicycling, water and sewer infrastructure are also planned.
2019 construction projects at a glance:
- Hennepin Downtown: Hennepin Avenue between Washington Avenue South and 12th Street will be reconstructed to make the street more functional for all travel modes. Updates to aging infrastructure, such as the 1880s-era sanitary sewer system, will be made. Private utility work is also being coordinated to support a growing city. Utility work begins Monday, April 15 on Hennepin between 7th and 12th streets. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction on that five-block stretch of Hennepin. (Note: Hennepin bus routes will be detoured to Nicollet Mall beginning Monday, April 15.)
- 8th Street Reconstruction Project: Eighth Street between Hennepin and Chicago avenues will be reconstructed. Utility work is underway and heavier construction is scheduled to start late April.
- 4th Street Reconstruction Project: Fourth Street will be reconstructed from Second Avenue North to Fourth Avenue South. Utility work 80 feet below the road surface is underway and roadway construction is expected to start in 2020.
- 10th Avenue Bridge Rehab and Water Main Project: The 1929-era bridge over the Mississippi River will be rehabilitated. The existing water main suspended from the 10th Avenue Bridge will be replaced with a new water main under the river. The water main relocation is scheduled to start late April and the bridge work will begin later this fall.
- 34th Avenue South Reconstruction: The City is reconstructing 34th Avenue South between East Minnehaha Parkway and 58th Street East. Construction on the avenue between 50th and 58th streets is scheduled to start mid-April.
- 28th Avenue Bridge: A new bridge will replace the existing 1904-era bridge over Minnehaha Creek. Construction is expected to start mid-June.
- North Commons Park Sidewalk Gap: The project will focus on filling sidewalk gaps around North Commons Park in North Minneapolis.
- Penn Avenue North Lighting Project: New lighting will be installed on Penn Avenue North between Glenwood and 44th Avenue during the two-year project. Work this year will focus on installing lights on Penn between Glenwood and 23rd Avenue North.
- Hoyer Heights residential reconstruction project: The project in the Waite Park neighborhood of northeast Minneapolis involves residential street improvements along with the replacement of 1930s-era sanitary sewer infrastructure on multiple streets. Utility work starts mid-April.
- North Loop paving and pedestrian improvements: The paving project will reconstruct five streets, restore historic street material in some areas, widen sidewalks and add greening, among other improvements. A bike gap will also be filled along 5th Avenue North to Target Field Station. Pedestrian safety measures will also be installed at 16 intersections throughout the North Loop. Construction will begin in May 2019 and is expected to be completed in spring 2020.
- Safe Routes to School-Roosevelt High School: The project will focus on pedestrian improvements on 28th Avenue South between 40th and 41st streets.
For more information about all of the City’s 2019 construction projects, visit minneapolismn.gov/cip. The City is working to minimize construction impacts as much as possible. Visit minneapolismn.gov/traffic to sign up for citywide traffic alerts and for traveling tips.
Stay informed of other major projects impacting Minneapolis, such as [email protected]: Downtown to Crosstown project and Southwest Light Rail Transit, by visiting MnDOT, Hennepin County and the Metropolitan Council.
Published Apr 10, 2019