City completes 52 miles of street reconstruction, repaving or seal coating
The 2013 street construction season was a busy one in Minneapolis. Over the course of the year, crews improved the driving surfaces on 52.7 miles of streets and parkways.
During 2013, 1.87 miles of streets were reconstructed, 28.83 miles of streets and parkways were resurfaced, and 22 miles of roadways and alleys were seal coated.
The City’s investment in street surface improvements in 2013 was around $33.5 million, surpassing the previous year’s investment by more than 42 percent. The City’s overall 2013 transportation investment totaled $52 million. In addition to street paving, projects included traffic improvements, bridge work, and pedestrian and bicycle projects.
There were five street reconstruction projects in 2013, which provided nearly two miles of new roadway. A new section of Van White Memorial Boulevard was also constructed, which now provides a new connection between the City’s North Side and the South Side. In addition, nearly 29 miles of streets and parkways were resurfaced and another 22 miles were seal coated.
2013 street projects
Van White Memorial Boulevard – Crews completed this extension of Van White Memorial Boulevard, which includes a 600-foot bridge spanning the Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail lines and the Cedar Lake Trail. The roadway now provides a new connection between North and South Minneapolis, literally bridging a decades-old divide between these two parts of town.
Penn Avenue South – This street was completely reconstructed from 54th Street West to Minnesota Highway 62 (the Crosstown). Next year, the reconstruction effort will extend up to 50th Street West in 2014.
Nicollet Avenue South – The final stretch of this street reconstruction project was completed this year. Now, Nicollet Avenue South is a completely new street from Lake Street all the way to 40th Street.
Winter Street NE – Winter Street and surrounding neighborhood streets were unpaved. The project removed the old roadway and put in new curbs and driving surfaces.
46th Street West – This street links Lyndale Avenue with King’s Highway. Four blocks of street were fully reconstructed, and advisory bike lanes were added.
31st Street East – The block just east of Minnehaha Avenue was reconstructed.
Street resurfacing – Nearly 29 miles of streets were resurfaced throughout the city. This work involved milling off the top layer of asphalt and replacing it with a new, smoother driving surface. This includes streets in the following residential areas:
- The Cooper neighborhood
- North Dorman area of the Seward neighborhood
- The Linden Hills neighborhood
- The Page neighborhood.
Seal coating – Streets that were fairly good shape were seal coated to prolong the life of the driving surface. Around 22 miles of roadway were seal coated this season.
Parkways – Public Works and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board collaborate regarding pavement management, and maintenance and construction of the Parkway system. Approximately 2.4 miles of parkways were repaved by City crews in 2013, and another 11 miles were seal coated.
Bridges – Some bridges in Minneapolis got the attention of Public Works this season. The work will help protect these vital parts of the city’s transportation infrastructure.
The Plymouth Avenue bridge fully opened to traffic. Lane restrictions were in place for much of the season as crews repaired damaged caused by corrosion. New on the bridge: bike lanes in both directions of travel.
Under the Midtown Corridor Bridge Preservation Program, the 15th Avenue and 16th Avenue bridges over the Midtown Greenway were restored. Work on these bridges, which were both constructed in 1916, included redecking, sidewalk work, repairs to the bridge surface and other renovations.
Restoration work took place on the Dinkytown Greenway Bridge over the Mississippi River. The old rail bridge is now part of the Dinkytown Greenway, which connects downtown Minneapolis to the University of Minnesota East Bank campus and the University of Minnesota Transitway.
For more information about Minneapolis’ 2013 construction projects visit www.minneapolismn.gov/public-works.
Published Dec 24, 2013