Representation of what Minnehaha Avenue might look like after the reconstruction. The County has not yet set in stone what features the enhanced bike lanes would have – the green paint at several problem intersections is one option. Image courtesy of Hennepin County.
The plans for reconstructing Minnehaha Avenue have been a source of contention since they were first unveiled this past March.
Some Minnehaha Avenue businesses are opposed to the planned bumpouts, since they will reduce the number of parking spots. Some cyclists are in favor of installing cycle tracks along the roadway, citing safety and the City’s goal for 30 miles of protected bikeways. Some residents are concerned about the loss of trees and walkability.
This coming Tuesday, residents will have the opportunity to state their opinions on the reconstruction project at a public hearing of the Transportation and Public Works Committee. T&PW will bring their decision on the project to the entire City Council on Dec. 6, 2013.
Hennepin County Recommendation
Hennepin County will be recommending that the roadway be rebuilt with enhanced on-road bike lanes, bumpouts to reduce pedestrian crossing distances, and several dedicated turn lanes, for more details see the project information section below. Reconstruction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2015.
Participate in the Public Hearing
There are two ways you can submit your comments:
- Attend the public hearing in person. The hearing will be on Tuesday, November 19th at 9:30 a.m. in the Room 317 in City Hall.
- Submit your comments to CM Sandy Colvin Roy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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