Construction continues on 38th Street and Minnehaha Ave

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By robb, June 30, 2016 4:30 pm

Construction in the Minnehaha Avenue area enters its final phase on July 5th and will last through fall.

  • Minnehaha Avenue: Construction activities move north to the section between Lake and 34th streets.  The road will be closed to through traffic, although a lane will remain open for local access to homes and businesses. Expect some temporary closures of intersections as they are reconstructed – note that adjacent intersections will not be closed at the same time.
  • 38th Street: The City of Minneapolis will be closing 38th Street between Hiawatha and Minnehaha avenues for a full reconstruction of the road.  Construction is expected to last three months.

Businesses Open! Minnehaha businesses will be open throughout construction, and local access via street and sidewalk will be maintained. Check out the Experience Minnehaha Facebook page for more information on activities and events throughout the summer and fall.

Project information meeting: Join the construction team at Peace Coffee on July 7th to ask questions and learn more about the status of the project:

  • Location:  Peace Coffee
  • Address:  3262 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis
  • Date:  Thursday, July 7, from 11 am to 1 pm

Additional information

Hennepin County project web site
Minnehaha detour
38th Street detour
38th Street layout

A-Line rapid bus service starts Saturday

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By robb, June 10, 2016 7:57 am

Metro Transit’s new A Line rapid bus line kicks off its service on Saturday morning with grand opening events and free rides!

The A Line will travel on city streets, but include a variety of design changes to make the service faster and more efficient than regular bus service:

  • Payment: At stations instead of on the bus
  • Bus: Wider doors and aisles so more people can get on and off easily
  • Amenities: Free Wi-Fi
  • Service Frequency: 10 minutes most of the day (schedule)
  • Stop Frequency: about every 1/2 mile – so you’ll be moving more of the time
  • Stations: will have ticket machines, a Go-To Card reader, enhanced maps and real-time departure signs
  • Security: cameras, emergency phones, and improved lighting

The A Line will connect with the METRO Blue Line at 46th Street Station and the METRO Green Line at Snelling & University Station and other destinations, including Rosedale, HarMar, the State Fairgrounds, Hamline University, Macalester College, and Highland Village.

A Line Bus Route

CenterPoint Energy begins work north of 32nd Street

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By robb, May 11, 2016 2:36 pm

CenterPoint Energy is about to begin an upgrade of natural gas pipeline under Minnehaha Avenue and 26th Avenue from 32nd Street north to 22nd Street. Construction is expected to start the week of May 23rd and take three months. The work is being coordinated with the County’s reconstruction of Minnehaha Avenue. Click the CenterPoint project website for more information.

Center Point Energy construction area map

Street furnishings coming soon!

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By robb, April 19, 2016 8:55 am

The new street furniture should be showing up along the southern portion of Minnehaha Avenue within the next month or so.  Expect to see almost 50 new bike racks, 11 benches, and 35 planters in front of businesses in the area before summer.  Litter receptacles, recycling bins, and bike repair stations will be coming later in the year.

Minnehaha Street Furniture

Minnehaha reconstruction phase 2 starts April 4

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By robb, March 31, 2016 5:15 pm

Update April 7, 2016: Metro Transit has posted a revised detour for the Route 7. Northbound buses will travel regular route on Minnehaha Ave to 38th St, left on 38th St, right on Hiawatha Ave, right on 33rd St, left on Snelling Ave, right on 32nd St, left on Minnehaha Ave and resume regular route.  Southbound buses will travel regular route on Minnehaha Ave to 32nd St, right on 32nd St, left on Hiawatha Ave, left on 38th St, right on Minnehaha Ave and resume regular route. Buses will not make stops on Hiawatha Ave.

March 31, 2016: Year 2 of Minnehaha Avenue’s reconstruction will begin April 4. Construction will start with the area between 34th and 38th streets (stage 3). Stage 4 construction between 34th and Lake streets is expected to start in July.

Reconstruction details
Minnehaha Avenue will close to through traffic between those streets at 6 am Monday. During stage 3:
  • Traffic detours around the construction area use Lake Street, Hiawatha Avenue and 42nd Street.
  • Work will begin at 34th Street and progress to the south.
  • One lane of traffic will be available for local access (though it may be a gravel surface instead of paved surface).
  • All intersections in this area, with the exception of 34th Street, will be closed for approximately 10 days for reconstruction work during this stage.
  • Adjacent intersections will not be closed at the same time.
Stage 3 work between 34th and 38th streets is expected to wrap up in July. Construction will then progress to the final stage between Lake and 34th streets.
Project Open House
The Project Team will be holding an Open House to share the latest information on the project and to answer your questions. All are invited!
  • Date: April 6 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Location: Longfellow Recreation Center
  • Address: 3435 36th Avenue South, Minneapolis
Bus detours
Metro Transit will detour Route 7 to Hiawatha Avenue during the reconstruction of Minnehaha Avenue. Detours during stage 3 of the project (34th to 38th streets) include:
  • Northbound buses will detour to Hiawatha Avenue at 40th Street and rejoin Minnehaha at 32nd Street. There will be no northbound bus stops between 40th and 32nd streets.
  • Southbound buses will relocate to Hiawatha Avenue at 32nd Street and rejoin Minnehaha at 42nd Street. There will be no southbound stops located between 32nd and 42nd streets.

Park Board posts preferred park concepts online

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By robb, February 29, 2016 11:33 am

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has completed “preferred park concepts” for parks in the south service area.  These concepts are available for review on the MPRB web site:

East sector:  Brackett, Hiawatha School, Longfellow, Matthews, Adams Triangle, Normanna Triangle, and Seven Oaks Oval

Central sector: Central, Corcoran, Phelps, Powderhorn, Sibley

Adams Triangle has been identified in the Minnehaha-Hiawatha Community Works investment framework as a unique opportunity to create a public space and community amenity along Minnehaha Avenue.  The MPRB with community support have developed a park concept that integrates sustainability, community orchards, stormwater management, and public space improvements.

Adams Triangle concept

Adams Triangle proposed facilities