Hennepin Avenue—one of the city’s most celebrated cultural corridors with several theaters and entertainment venues—attracts more than 50,000 trips per day, including 8,100 transit trips, 7,600 pedestrian trips and 730 bicycle trips.

The street was last rebuilt in 1986. After more than 30 years, the pavement is worn out and needs to be replaced. The current corridor also does not reflect current demand for a more balanced roadway that makes the corridor safer and more inviting for pedestrians, bicyclists, buses and cars.

Planned Improvements:

The City is moving ahead with redesign and reconstruction of Hennepin Avenue between Washington Avenue and 12th Street. The reconstructed Hennepin Avenue will continue to accommodate all modes within the existing right-of-way:

  • Sidewalk area able to support pedestrian activities with space for planting and furnishing zones

  • One-way bikeways behind the curb

  • Space for enhanced transit stops compatible with future Arterial Bus Rapid Transit service

  • Generally four vehicle lanes, with Hennepin Avenue remaining a two-way street

The city is also preparing a public realm design concept that will cover the Hennepin Avenue corridor from the Sculpture Garden at the Walker Arts Center to the Mississippi River. The primary purpose of this exercise will be to gather public input that will influence the detailed urban planning and design for the 10- block reconstruction project. However, its findings will be applicable to future projects and improvements within the larger Hennepin Avenue Corridor area.

The reconstruction project, estimated to cost $20 million, is currently funded in the City’s five-year Capital Improvement Program. It will be funded with City, state and federal transportation dollars. Outreach began in 2016 , and detailed engineering will be completed in 2019. Construction will begin in 2019 and continue through 2022.

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Hennepin Ave. Downtown


Hennepin Ave. Downtown Reconstruction Project

Hennepin Ave. reconstruction project, led by City of Minneapolis Public Works, will be reconstructed between 12th Street and Washington Avenue beginning Spring 2019.  The project will reconstruct the pavement from building face to building face, including improvements to public and private utility infrastructure, and improved infrastructure for pedestrians, bicycles, transit, and vehicles.

Latest Project News 

Utility construction work continues throughout the corridor. 

Xcel Energy is continuing their conduit duct bank installation at 3rd St. 

The sanitary sewer contractor progressed across the 8th St. intersection and began work in the 9th St intersection this week.  The 8th St intersection across Hennepin will reopen this weekend.  The Gateway Development contractor began work on the sewer services into Hennepin this week as well.

The water contractor completed the services and mainline tie-in connections this week between 10th and 12th streets. 

What's Coming Up

Xcel Energy will being their work in Hennepin from 3rd to Washington next week and will continue for several months.

The sewer contractor will be completing their work between 7th and 8th streets in the coming weeks.  Once the sewer contractor is complete, Xcel Energy will move into that block and begin work at the 7th St intersection, progressing south.

The water contractor will be doing the testing and final connections along with some hydrant work next week followed by final restoration by the end of the month.  Once they are complete the sewer contractor will begin moving south into the block from 10th to 11th.

See weekly update attached for more information.


For more information on this project contact: 

Construction Manager, hennepinCM@minneapolismn.gov or 612-225-4049


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Metro Transit will be moving routes 4, 6, 12, 61 & 141 to Nicollet Mall while the Hennepin Avenue project is underway. Schedules will be adjusted in response to the new routing. New printed schedules will be available in late May. They will only reflect updated maps and Nicollet Mall timepoints. Visit www.metrotransit.org/dt-mpls for details.