26th Avenue North Improvements, City of Minneapolis, Minnesota

26th Avenue North Improvements

The 26th Avenue North corridor is a two-mile section extending from Theodore Wirth Parkway to the Mississippi River. Reconstruction was needed between West Broadway Avenue and Lyndale Avenue North due to failing roadway and pedestrian facilities. The reconstruction consisted of full removal of existing street surface, subgrade correction, aggregate base, paving, curb and gutter, signage, and driveway entrance reconstruction.

The redesign included roadway narrowing to accommodate wider boulevards and green space, a wider sidewalk, and construction of a new multi-use trail along the sidewalk on the north side of the roadway. This required extensive ADA design elements, including Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS), pedestrian curb ramps, and the development of landing areas within a constricted right-of-way. Seven signals along the corridor were revised or installed. Bolton & Menk coordinated with the Hawthorne and Jordan neighborhood associations, stakeholders, city staff, and affected council members to develop an efficient and cost-effective plan. This corridor now has a first class pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular facility that lays the groundwork for the neighborhoods to work in partnership with the city to continue enhancing 26th Avenue North in the future.

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