Busy stretch of Hennepin closed for work Aug. 28-31

Thanks to Minneapolis’ Infrastructure Acceleration Program, a heavily used stretch of Hennepin Avenue will be resurfaced. Weather permitting, construction will take place Aug. 28 through Aug. 31. The work will require southbound Hennepin Avenue to be closed from Douglas Avenue to Franklin Avenue beginning at 6 a.m. Friday, Aug. 28. The street will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 31.

The resurfacing will be a mill and overlay process, which involves removing the top layer of the existing pavement and replacing it with a new driving surface. This work is expected to extend the life of the roadway by approximately 10 years.

Southbound traffic will be detoured only a short distance, but drivers should expect delays due to the volume of traffic in the area. During construction, traffic on southbound Hennepin Avenue will be detoured to Lyndale Avenue South, where it can connect to westbound Franklin Avenue and back to Hennepin Avenue south of the resurfacing project. The I-94 exit ramp to southbound Hennepin will also be closed, and traffic will need to use the southbound Lyndale exit. Northbound traffic will not be affected during the construction activities. When possible, drivers should use alternate routes during the three days of construction.

Minneapolis will have traffic control officers at the intersection of Hennepin and Franklin avenues during rush hours on Friday to direct traffic, and officers will be present each day during the project.

This resurfacing project is part of a five-year, $25 million Infrastructure Acceleration Program proposed by Mayor R.T. Rybak and approved by the City Council last year. The program seeks to help catch-up on deferred maintenance of heavily traveled City streets.

Aug. 25, 2009

Published Aug 25, 2009