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Pedestrian Advisory Committee Resolution

To:        Minneapolis City Council, Minneapolis Public Works

From:      Minneapolis Pedestrian Advisory Committee

Date:       July 10, 2019

Subject: West Broadway Bridge

West Broadway Bridge

The Pedestrian Advisory Committee continues to have serious concerns about the proposed Broadway Bridges design. We are particularly concerned about the speed of traffic entering and exiting the City of Minneapolis due to the inclusion of a freeway-style flyover bridge and the continued provision of four lanes of traffic both on the bridge and underneath. Although the PAC supports some of the work to improve the pedestrian experience and the connections made to existing bike paths, we do not believe the proposed design creates a safe walking or biking environment at this intersection or further along Broadway Avenue.

The PAC recommends lanes be reduced to one in each direction (specifically removing turn lanes at the four-way stop), and no wider than 11 feet. And if needed, recommend the installation of mountable medians to accommodate emergency vehicles. The speed limit should be no more than 30 MPH and include signage that alerts drivers to reduce speeds as they enter Minneapolis. These traffic calming measures would provide a safer experience for pedestrians, bikers and transit users. We do not believe the proposed design reflects our city's vision for the future, which includes reducing private motor vehicle traffic and becoming carbon neutral.


Last updated Jul 15, 2019



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