Construction wrapping up along Marquette and 2nd avenues Downtown

A major construction project reshaping downtown Minneapolis is nearly complete, and Minneapolis is getting ready to welcome people back after a summer of dusty, disruptive construction. Marquette and 2nd avenues and their sidewalks are all new and are designed to improve how you get around, whether you walk, take transit, or drive. The vast majority of work is complete, the traffic lanes are reopening, and all sidewalk work should be finished in the coming days.

City, County, and Metro Transit officials along with other Downtown partners participated in ceremony on Oct. 19 announcing the wrapping up of the Marquette and 2nd avenues project.

Marquette & 2nd avenues have been reconstructed as unique transitways that make taking the bus faster and more convenient than ever. When buses return in the coming weeks, each street will include two dedicated lanes for buses, allowing them to pass each other and decrease travel times through Downtown. New bus shelters, real-time transit information displays, and wider sidewalks with more trees will make riding the bus a much more appealing option for commuters.

The reconstruction of Marquette and 2nd avenues is a key piece in a transportation transformation that’s going on Downtown. Hennepin and 1st avenues have recently been converted to two-way streets, a move that has helped revitalize business districts in other cities. Nicollet Mall will carry fewer buses, bicycles will have better access to Downtown, and pedestrians will have new amenities. In addition to City of Minneapolis improvements, Metro Transit, Hennepin County, and others will also complete exciting new projects that will change Downtown transportation. Those include Northstar Commuter Rail and an extension of the Hiawatha Light Rail.

More information on these transportation improvements is available on the We’re transforming Downtown’ site. Here, you can read about various downtown projects, see renderings and videos, and download or listen to audio recordings on the unique features of the transportation transformation. You can hear the same informational messages by calling (612) 673-2424.

Published Oct. 19, 2009