Whittier International Elementary School

In 2022, we constructed pedestrian safety improvements in two intersections near Whittier International Elementary School. This is a Safe Routes to School project.

Key information




Intersections near the school, including: Grand Avenue S & 26th Street W and Blaisdell Avenue S & 27th Street W.


Program overview

In 2018, we worked with Minneapolis Public Schools to create a Safe Routes to School plan for Whittier International Elementary School (WIES). The City used the plan to apply for a grant from the Minnesota Department of Transportation to get funding for this project.

The school is on W. 26th street.

The plan includes two intersections near the school:

  • Grand Avenue S & 26th Street W
  • Blaisdell Avenue S & 27th Street W

Beginning the week of July 11, 2022, the City will install:

  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant ramps
  • Curb extensions
  • pedestrian refuge medians
  • Signage
  • Enhanced pavement markings

Contractor will be paving on Saturday, August 6, 2022, at Grand Avenue and 26th Street starting at 7am.

View the project map

Safe Routes to School

For more information on other Safe Routes to School (SRTS) safety improvements, visit the Safe Routes to School program page.

Project schedule

Planning and input

Spring / Summer 2020

  • Developed project layout
  • Looked for input on intersection design

Fall 2020

Presented design to City Council for approval.

Construct project


Construction and opening

Weekly stakeholder meeting

Join us at the Whitter SRTS project weekly update meeting to get an overview of the upcoming construction work. We will hold the meetings throughout reconstruction. 

Every Friday at 10:00 a.m.
via Microsoft Teams

Join the weekly stakeholder meeting


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Traffic impacts

Expect the following temporary traffic impacts:

  • Detours
  • Lane restrictions
  • Intersection reductions or closure
  • Parking restrictions
  • Revised pedestrian and bicycle routes

Residents, businesses and visitors may experience:

  • Noise
  • Vibration
  • Dust in work areas

You’ll be able to access your property throughout construction.


Project phase

This project is in construction.



In Progress


Contact us

Michael Richie

Construction Engineer

Public Works



Nguyen Nguyen

Chief Field Inspector
Public Works



Nathan Kemmer

Project Engineer

Public Works