Hennepin Ave. S. reconstruction

The City will reconstruct Hennepin Ave. S. between W. Lake St. and Douglas Ave.

Key information


2018 - 2024


Hennepin Ave. S. between Lake St. W. and Douglas Ave.

East Isles Lowry Hill Lowry Hill East

Project overview

The City will reconstruct Hennepin Ave. between W. Lake St. and Douglas Ave. We designed the layout to meet current and future needs.

Planning and design

Public Works is recommending a design for Hennepin Ave that best meets the city's Transportation Action Plan and aligns with the Vision Zero Action Plan, the Complete Streets policy, and the Climate Action Plan. The recommended design includes:

  • Pedestrian facilities that improve safety and comfort for people walking
  • A two-way protected bikeway between Lake Street and Franklin Avenue to improve safety and access for people biking
  • Dedicated transit lanes for more efficient and reliable transit service
  • Two vehicle lanes, with left turn lanes at key intersections, to maintain mobility for people in cars
  • Parking/loading bays where feasible

At this time, City staff are planning to advance the recommended design to City Council for approval in late Quarter 1 or early Quarter 2 of 2022.

Project goals

  • Improve the sidewalk and intersections for all users
  • Evaluate 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

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We did preplanning work in 2018 to apply for federal funding through the Metropolitan Council’s Regional Solicitation. Our ongoing planning work will include


Provide input

Recommended design

View the recommended design and provide comments.

Provide comments using the form below.

Hennepin Ave. S. design feedback survey

The form is open for comments through January 28, 2022.

Upcoming virtual open house

Public Works staff will host a virtual open house to share the recommended design for Hennepin Ave. S. and answer questions.

Pre-recorded presentation

A pre-recorded presentation of the recommended design is now available.

Watch the virtual open house pre-recorded presentation


The virtual open house will be held on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 4:30 p.m.

Join the live meeting using the link below.

Join the Hennepin Ave. S. virtual open house

A summary of the questions/answers from the live meeting will be posted here after the meeting.

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Past meetings

Public Meeting #3 - Virtual Open House

We held virtual public meetings on March 2 and March 4, 2021 to discuss the project.

We asked for your feedback on the following design layouts:

The comment period closed on April 16, 2021.

View a summary of the feedback we received on the two design options

Public Meeting #2 – Virtual Open House

We held virtual public meetings on September 22 and September 30, 2020.

View documents from Public Meeting #2

Public Meeting #1 – Open House

We held an open house at Jefferson Community School on April 11, 2018.

View documents from Public Meeting #1

Bus lane pilot

The City, in partnership with Metro Transit tested having peak hour bus lanes along Hennepin Ave. S. (Franklin Ave. to Lake St.) for three days in May 2018. We used what we learned from this test to place permanent bus lanes on the street in fall 2019. They will remain in place until construction begins.
We evaluated the permanent bus lanes from September 2019 to February 2020.

Project phase

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.



In Progress


Uptown theater at Hennepin Ave. South and W. Lake St.
Uptown Theatre at Hennepin and Lake
Bus on Hennepin Ave. South
Bus on Hennepin Ave. S.

Contact us

Hennepin Ave. S. Project Team


844-628-6228 (toll-free)

Becca Hughes

Senior Transportation Planner

Public Works


844-628-6228 (toll-free)


Public Service Building
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 410
Minneapolis, MN 55415