Meetings set to share upcoming changes to Hennepin and First avenues
Two final public meetings have been scheduled on Sept. 24 and Oct. 5 to share information on how Hennepin and First avenues will switch from one-way to two-way streets in downtown Minneapolis this October. The meetings will give folks the chance to learn about the upcoming conversion and what it will mean for drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and the neighborhood. Public input on the conversion was gathered at several community meetings held in 2008. Now the City is moving forward with this important project that will help revitalize Hennepin Avenue and make it an even more vibrant "main street" for Minneapolis that showcases what’s best about our city.
Weather permitting, the conversion of Hennepin and First avenues between 1st and 12th streets will take place the weekend of Oct. 10-11. The one-way to two-way conversion will make Downtown easier to navigate, reducing some Downtown trips that now take four or six blocks of driving to just one or two blocks. The change will also have a calming effect on traffic, making the sidewalks along the streets a more inviting place for people who come Downtown to eat, shop, work, or for entertainment.
Bicycle lanes will be added to First Avenue in the conversion, with buses and bikes sharing a lane with right-turning vehicles on Hennepin Avenue. Also, on-street parking along First Avenue will become driving lanes during peak travel times.
Sept. 16, 2009
Published Sep. 16, 2009