City begins reconstruction of Hennepin Avenue South

March 27, 2024

The first phase of construction is set to start Monday, April 1

The reconstruction of Hennepin Avenue South between Douglas Avenue and West Lake Street begins April 1. The two-year project will improve the corridor for all users from Interstate 94 to Uptown.

This year’s construction is from West Lake Street to 26th Street. In preparation for the construction start, relocation and upgrades to underground electric and gas utilities were accomplished this past winter to make room for the City project starting this spring. Next year, the construction area is from 26th Street to Douglas Avenue. Crews will continue replacing underground utilities in advance of next year’s construction, from Franklin to Douglas Avenue.

The project is an opportunity to update Hennepin Avenue to meet the public’s current and future needs. The new, multimodal design improves space for people walking, riding transit, biking and driving. The layout also provides space for enhanced stations being built for the future METRO E Line, a new Bus Rapid Transit line that will largely replace Route 6 in December 2025.

Once construction begins April 1, Metro Transit buses on Hennepin Avenue will be detoured to Lyndale Avenue via Lake Street or 31st Street and 24th Street.

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