Lyndale Avenue is a major north/south corridor and extends from the City of Bloomington south of Richfield into the City of Minneapolis north of Richfield. It serves as a prominent corridor for commercial and residential traffic and pedestrians.
The existing corridor was a four-lane undivided urban roadway with concrete walk at back of curb. The corridor had deteriorating pavement; aging watermain, sanitary, and storm sewer facilities; outdated pedestrian features; and safety issues related to access management. Bolton & Menk led the project team through preliminary engineering, final design, and construction administration, with a goal to redefine the corridor to accommodate a multimodal layout. The project included evaluating corridor improvements to balance mobility, access, and non-motorized uses along the roadway, as well as improvements to public utilities. We also coordinated with Metro Transit on bus stops throughout the corridor.
The project included a strong public engagement process. Through stakeholder engagement, we gathered input from residents to better understand the concerns and desires for the corridor. Stakeholder engagement helped the team better identify corridor needs and shape the overall corridor concept. Using that information, we redesigned the corridor to better accommodate pedestrian and bike safety and mobility. The corridor is now predominately a three-lane roadway, with a travel lane in each direction and a center turn lane. In this area, bicyclists have on-street bike lanes. In areas where a center turn lane or median is not included in the typical section, the on-street bike lanes transition to a cycle track. Recreational bicyclists have a multi-use trail available that is separated from the roadway by the curb, gutter, and boulevard. Rectangular rapid flash beacons (RRFB’s) were also included at key intersections along the corridor to improve safety and mobility of pedestrians.
American Council of Engineering Companies of Minnesota – 2022 Honor Award