Hwy 47 & Hwy 65 — Planning study

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What’s your vision for the future of University Ave and Central Ave?

The Highway 47/65 corridor project area spans from; Hwy 47/University Ave. between the Hwy 47 and Hwy 65 intersection in NE Minneapolis and Coon Rapids Blvd./Anoka Co. Rd. 10 in Blaine; and Hwy 65/Central Ave. between the Hwy 65 and Hwy 47 intersection in NE Minneapolis and Moundsview Blvd./Anoka Co. Rd. 10 in Spring Lake ParkView full-size map

MnDOT wants to thank the more than 5,000 people who have shared their comments on transportation conditions in this vibrant area of the Metro. We’ve also analyzed safety and mobility data to identify problem areas. Through this engagement and analysis, we‘ve learned that the primary transportation needs along these roads are to improve the safety of people walking, biking, and in motor vehicles. Also, the condition of roadway pavement needs improvement.

Now, MnDOT is developing concepts that can meet these needs. This past summer, more than 500 people commented on ideas like different types of roadways, new intersection designs, and access changes at driveways and cross streets. These include parkway treatments, intersection curb bump-outs, better pedestrian crossings, roundabouts, dedicated bike lanes, and many more ideas.

Next, MnDOT will package these concepts into groups of improvements that work well together to meet users’ needs. Look for another round of public meetings, other engagement opportunities, and an online survey starting in January 2023. If you’re not already on the study’s mailing list, be sure to sign up below for news on how you can participate!

Stay engaged

For the latest on the project:

What’s your vision for the future of University Ave and Central Ave?

The Highway 47/65 corridor project area spans from; Hwy 47/University Ave. between the Hwy 47 and Hwy 65 intersection in NE Minneapolis and Coon Rapids Blvd./Anoka Co. Rd. 10 in Blaine; and Hwy 65/Central Ave. between the Hwy 65 and Hwy 47 intersection in NE Minneapolis and Moundsview Blvd./Anoka Co. Rd. 10 in Spring Lake ParkView full-size map

MnDOT wants to thank the more than 5,000 people who have shared their comments on transportation conditions in this vibrant area of the Metro. We’ve also analyzed safety and mobility data to identify problem areas. Through this engagement and analysis, we‘ve learned that the primary transportation needs along these roads are to improve the safety of people walking, biking, and in motor vehicles. Also, the condition of roadway pavement needs improvement.

Now, MnDOT is developing concepts that can meet these needs. This past summer, more than 500 people commented on ideas like different types of roadways, new intersection designs, and access changes at driveways and cross streets. These include parkway treatments, intersection curb bump-outs, better pedestrian crossings, roundabouts, dedicated bike lanes, and many more ideas.

Next, MnDOT will package these concepts into groups of improvements that work well together to meet users’ needs. Look for another round of public meetings, other engagement opportunities, and an online survey starting in January 2023. If you’re not already on the study’s mailing list, be sure to sign up below for news on how you can participate!

Stay engaged

For the latest on the project:

  • Meetings

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    Upcoming

    Information about upcoming in-person and virtual meetings will be posted as details become available.


    Past

    2022

    • July 28: Virtual meeting for Hwy 47/University Ave. - South of 37th Ave. (Hennepin County)
    • July 27: In-person meeting for Hwy 47/University Ave. - South of 37th Ave. (Hennepin County)
    • July 25: Virtual meeting for Hwy 65/Central Ave. - North of 37th Ave. (Anoka County)
    • July 20: In-person public meeting for Hwy 65/Central Ave. - North of 37th Ave. (Anoka County)
    • July 18: In-person and virtual public meeting for Hwy 65/Central Ave. - South of 37th Ave. (Hennepin County)
    • July 13: Virtual public meeting for Hwy 47/University Ave. - North of 37th Ave. (Anoka County)
    • July 12: In-person public meeting for Hwy 47/University Ave. - North of 37th Ave. (Anoka County)

    2021

    • Oct. 28: Virtual open house
    • Oct. 27: Virtual open house


  • Learn about the area

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    Map of the study area for Hwy 47/Hwy 65 with sections 1 through 5 shown.View full-size mapThe study area spans over 10 miles of Highway 47 and Highway 65. Along this stretch, there is a variety of people, activities, and concerns. In an effort to break this large corridor down into more manageable pieces, the project team has broken the project area down into 5 key areas.

    • Area 1: South of 27th Ave
    • Area 2: 27th to 37th Ave
    • Area 3: 37th to 694
    • Area 4: 694 to Osborne Rd
    • Area 5: Osborne Rd to 10

    Since the roadway is too long to make a one-size-fits-all solution, the project team will be creating roadway design concepts for each focus area. Your feedback will be critical to shaping a design that fits the unique character and needs of each area.

    Video tours

    What is it like to travel along these roads? Click on the links below to see short videos of travel along the two roads. These virtual tours show what it looks like to drive or walk or bike on these streets.

    University Ave. (Hwy 47)

    Central Ave. (Hwy 65)

  • Work done to date

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    The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is developing a future vision for the 10-mile stretch of Highway 47 (University Ave.) and Highway 65 (Central Ave.) that extends from where they meet in Northeast Minneapolis northward through Columbia Heights, Hilltop, and Fridley to County Highway 10 in Blaine and Spring Lake Park.

    To better understand the existing conditions and transportation needs of the study area, MnDOT and project staff carried out an extensive public engagement program that reached more than 2,200 residents and stakeholders. The MnDOT project team and its partners engaged with people in the study area in October and November 2020. The public engagement program was largely successful in connecting with the broad group of community members and organizations that rely on University and Central avenues. The project team made special efforts to reach people with different backgrounds, spoken languages and perspectives. The engagement work is part of a larger MnDOT study analyzing both transportation data and community input along the roads, which is called a Planning and Environmental Linkage (PEL) study program. This program emphasizes community engagement and collaboration early in transportation planning and environmental processes.

    Key themes and takeaways

    Pedestrian and transit user concerns

    Pedestrian safety was a significant concern along both University and Central avenues, but survey results indicated that people tend to have a less comfortable experience along the former. Twenty percent of respondents wanted motorists to slow down, while 16% mentioned that drivers disobeying traffic laws was a problem. Additionally, pedestrians indicated that more crosswalks are needed, and the traffic lights for some that are in place don’t give them enough time to cross. Among transit users, the most significant areas of improvement included adding more bus shelters and implementing a better snow removal process along sidewalks and near bus shelters.

    Bicyclist concerns

    Bicyclists and non-bicyclists alike generally agreed that bike safety should be addressed along both University and Central avenues. Overall, 81% of survey respondents said they feel unsafe while biking along University Avenue, while 83% said the same regarding Central Avenue. Bicyclists who travel along the study area mentioned that motorists were a concern because they speed or don’t pay attention. Many respondents suggested adding or expanding bike lanes, including protected ones, in the study area.

    Motorist concerns

    People who had traveled within or through the study area generally felt the safest when doing so by car, but many motorists expressed concerns that vehicle traffic may negatively affect pedestrian and bicyclist safety. Survey respondents were concerned about speeding, and many suggested lowering speed limits, better street design and increased enforcement to curb the issue. Many also mentioned that traffic lights around the study area feel out of sync, and both streets become very congested.

    statistics for the themes and takeways from the work done previously


  • Accessibility and ADA

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    Speakers and raised arrows on APS signals provide information about the intersection to pedestrians with hearing and visual impairment.

    Speakers and raised arrows on APS signals provide information about the intersection to pedestrians with hearing and visual impairment.

    All MnDOT projects - both new construction and rehabilitation projects - must include evaluation to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Components can include, but are not limited to adding curb cuts, truncated domes and accessible pedestrian signals. Read about MnDOT's transition plan to comply with the ADA.

    Specific for this study:

    • There are none specified for this study.
Page last updated: 23 Aug 2022, 04:07 PM