Hennepin Ave. S. reconstruction

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

Key information


2018 - 2025


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. 

Project goals

  • 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.


Approved 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: 


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Past meetings

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.

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.

After consideration of public feedback, Public Works proposed 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.


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 design phase.



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

Adam Hayow

Project Engineer

Public Works



Hennepin Ave. S. Project Team


844-628-6228 (toll-free)


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