President's Bike Boulevard
In an effort to connect a long existing bicycle network gap and create an enhanced pedestrian environment along East Hennepin Ave, Public Works will redesign the crossing at 5th Ave SE and Pierce St NE in 2020. Hennepin County will be resurfacing East Hennepin Ave from 8th St SE to Stinson Blvd; this will reduce the number of travel lanes from 4 to 3 and add buffered bicycle facilities for a portion of the corridor.
Transportation Public Works Committee
December 3, 2019
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The proposed .12 mile long project is scheduled to occur over the course of the 2020 construction season. The scope of the project will encompass the functional ROW and includes the extension of the north-side curb and inclusion of Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) upgrades to the existing yellow flashing beacon. Additionally a pedestrian refuge along East Hennepin Avenue is proposed to accommodate pedestrian and bicycle trail improvements. These operational safety upgrades are consistent with the City’s Compete Streets Policy by designing for vulnerable road users along a busy corridor. A RRFB provides priority for non-motorized crossings of East Hennepin Avenue while still sustaining a reasonable level of travel along East Hennepin Avenue.
The project compliments new buffered bike lanes to be added by a 2020 Hennepin County resurfacing of E Hennepin Ave between 8th St SE and Johnson St NE. With the planned improvements, Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis will be implementing weekday turning restrictions unto 5th Avenue South East from 4pm to 6pm. These restrictions and intersection upgrades provide reasonable level of travel along East Hennepin Avenue ensuring it remains a safe reliable thoroughfare for motorized travel and preventing the likely hood of cut through traffic along neighboring streets.
City and County staff are currently in the final stages of planning and design for the project building off feedback received during several community engagement events. Public Works relies on planning guidance and community input to inform the design of streets.
Download the Presidents Bike Boulevard Info Sheet.
Learn about the Hennepin County Resurfacing project on Hennepin Ave.
Project schedule and public input
Public Works intends to advance a layout of these streets for City Council approval by spring 2019
Public Works will be engaging stakeholders in the spring and summer of 2019 to understand what design elements are important to consider in the Beltrami Neighborhood. There may be opportunities to explore unique features and interests specific to the neighborhood as part of this project.
Trey Joiner, Transportation Planner, Minneapolis Public Works, 612-673-3614, [email protected]
Last updated Nov 12, 2019