Hennepin Ave. S. reconstruction
The City plans to reconstruct Hennepin Ave. between W. Lake St. and Douglas Ave.
Planning and design
Public Works staff have developed a new street design for Hennepin Ave. S.
This new street design will meet current and future needs and aligns with City policies:
The recommended design includes:
- Safer and more comfortable areas for pedestrians
- A two-way protected bikeway between Lake St. and Franklin Ave.
- Transit priority lanes for more efficient and reliable transit service
- Two vehicle lanes with left turn lanes at key intersections
- Parking/loading bays where possible
We plan to submit the recommended design to City Council for approval in late Quarter 1 or early Quarter 2 of 2022.
- Improve the sidewalk and intersections for all users
- Consider a protected bikeway on Hennepin Ave. S.
- Create space for improved transit stops that work with the future METRO E Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
- Replace aging traffic signal and stormwater infrastructure
- Maintain and improve mobility for transit and motor vehicles
- Meet the City's transportation and climate change goals
We did some early planning in 2018 to apply for federal funding. The rest of our planning will include:
- Conducting technical work
- Collecting community feedback
- Reviewing policy guidance:
In December 2021, Public Works shared the recommended design for Hennepin Avenue. The recommended design included:
- two-way protected bikeway
- two transit priority lanes proposed to operate full-time
- two vehicle lanes
- left turn lanes at key intersections
- 20 on-street parking and loading spaces
- proposal to manage parking in the area to meet business needs
The City accepted public comments on the recommended design through January 2022. Public Works received over 4,000 comments during the final round of engagement. To date, the City has received more than 10,000 comments on this project. Comment themes were consistent throughout all rounds of engagement. One of the most prevalent comments were in regards to the need for more on-street parking and loading. Below is the engagement summary and Q&A from the last round of engagement.
After consideration of public feedback, Public Works is proposing dynamic transit priority lanes. The goal will be to transition these transit priority lanes to full time in the future. This operational change will provide dedicated transit priority lanes when needed most. It will also provide more parking opportunities to support businesses. The City will monitor and evaluate the operations of the corridor in partnership with Metro Transit and businesses. The City will make adjustments as needed over time.
View the recommended design:
Public Meeting # 4 – Virtual Open House
We held a virtual public meeting on January 13, 2022 to share the recommended design for Hennepin Ave. S. and answer questions.
- Watch the virtual open house pre-recorded presentation
- Q&A from the public meeting
- Engagement Summary January 2022
Public Meeting #3 - Virtual Open House
We held virtual public meetings on March 2 and March 4, 2021 to discuss the project.
- View the virtual open house 3 presentation
- View questions and answers from the live meeting
- View a summary of the design options
We asked for your feedback on the following design layouts:
The comment period closed on April 16, 2021.
Public Meeting #2 – Virtual Open House
We held virtual public meetings on September 22 and September 30, 2020.
Public Meeting #1 – Open House
We held an open house at Jefferson Community School on April 11, 2018.
Bus lane pilot
The project is currently in the input phase. Based on feedback, we have delayed street construction by one year. Construction is now planned to begin in 2024. The planning and design timeline will continue as planned, with layout approval in early 2022. View project schedule.
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