The concept of The Artery began a decade ago, envisioned to increase visibility of historic Mainstreet and connect the city core to the main thoroughfare, Excelsior Boulevard. With this as a starting point, the City of Hopkins wanted to draw people from the proposed Hopkins Southwest Light Rail Transit station, through The Artery, to Mainstreet. Innovative development processes featured multi-disciplinary input from public works professionals, engineers, planners, urbanists, artists, and supporting specialists.
The Artery integrates interactive public art, innovative technology, a two-way cycle track, and educational elements of storytelling and cultural history all within the public realm, making this a prime destination along the proposed SWLRT Green Line. Few projects bring out such positive collaboration to create something unique, yet mutually successful on multiple fronts.
American Planning Association – 2019 Great Places in America – Great Streets
Minnesota Department of Transportation – 2019 Environmental Stewardship for Innovations in Construction, Operations & Maintenance
American Council of Engineering Companies of Minnesota – 2018 Honor Award
Minnesota Chapter of the American Public Works Association – 2018 Project of the Year Award