New visions for Washington Avenue

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January 7, 2013
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

WASHINGTON AVENUE — Hennepin County officials are reviewing feedback from more than 1,000 people who have weighed in on the proposed reconstruction of Washington Avenue between Hennepin and 5th Avenue South.

Many people are calling for improved landscaping and features to make the street more biking and pedestrian friendly, said Jennifer Lowry, a senior professional engineer for the county.

The reconstruction project is scheduled to begin in 2014. There are plans to reduce the lanes of traffic on that stretch of Washington from three in each direction to two lanes, Lowry said.

County officials are planning another meeting in February to gather feedback and go over design ideas. While the reconstruction project is limited to Washington between Hennepin and 5th, they are also considering design concepts for the avenue all the way to I-35W.

The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition has been actively lobbying for improvements to biking infrastructure as part of the redesign of Washington, including new curb-separated bicycles lanes known as cycletracks designed to create a buffer between bikers and cars.

For more information on the reconstruction project, click here