In an effort to connect a long existing bicycle network gap and create an enhanced pedestrian environment along East Hennepin Ave, Public Works will redesign the crossing at 5th Ave SE and Pierce St NE in 2020. Hennepin County will be resurfacing East Hennepin Ave from 8th St SE to Stinson Blvd; this will reduce the number of travel lanes from 4 to 3 and add buffered bicycle facilities for a portion of the corridor.
Construction will begin on Tuesday, May 26th and is estimated to take 8 weeks. For the project duration, E Hennepin Ave will be reduced to one lane in each direction.
The .12 mile long project will encompass the functional ROW and includes the extension of the north-side curb and inclusion of a new traffic signal to the intersection of 5th Avenue Southeast and East Hennepin Avenue. These operational safety upgrades are consistent with the City’s Compete Streets Policy by designing for vulnerable road users along a busy corridor.
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