Utility work will impact travel on Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis

Beginning Monday, April 15, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction on Hennepin Avenue between 7th and 12th streets in downtown Minneapolis as utility work starts for the Hennepin Downtown reconstruction project.

Hennepin bus routes will be detoured to Nicollet Mall beginning Monday, April 15 for the duration of the reconstruction project, which is scheduled to be completed in 2022.

Hennepin Avenue will be reconstructed from Washington Avenue South to 12th Street. The redesign will 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. 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.

Hennepin Avenue — one of the city’s most celebrated cultural corridors with several theaters and entertainment venues — attracts thousands of people every day. Once complete, the reconstructed Hennepin will include wider sidewalks, one-way protected bikeways in both directions, enhanced transit stops and four vehicle lanes with Hennepin remaining a two-way street. Hennepin will remain a busy and thriving destination during construction with public art projects planned in coordination with the reconstruction project.

For more information and to sign up for project updates, visit the Hennepin Downtown website.

Hennepin utilities


An illustration showing what lies beneath the street’s surface on the Hennepin corridor. The reconstruction project provides an opportunity to upgrade aging infrastructure and utilities.

Published Apr 11, 2019



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