County seeks comments on Downtown Interchange Project

As Hennepin County proceeds with the design-build implementation for its downtown Minneapolis Interchange Project, project consultant Kimley-Horn and Associates is seeking community input on its urban design guidelines. The design-build contracting method allows for the selection of the designer and the contractor in a single procurement and allows construction to begin earlier than it would in the more traditional process.

Residents, neighborhood groups, and local businesses are encouraged to submit their thoughts about the urban design guidelines via an online survey. Urban design guidelines will ultimately be part of the request for proposals (RFP) to be released later this fall to design and construct The Interchange.

Visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TVVN2LP to complete the online survey. The deadline for completing the survey is Sept. 6. Some of the urban design concepts being considered will be on public display from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Hennepin County Environmental Services Building, Visitor’s Center, 417 N. Fifth St.

The Interchange in downtown Minneapolis will be a transportation hub with civic spaces. It will connect multiple transportation options, support a vibrant regional economy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase mobility. Currently, more than 240 trains arrive and depart daily via Hiawatha Light Rail Transit and Northstar Commuter Rail. An additional 240 trains are expected in 2014, when Central Corridor LRT opens. The location also connects to more than 1,900 daily bus operations and the Cedar Lake Bike Trail.

Published Aug 24, 2011