Hwy 47 & Hwy 65 — Planning study

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Help shape the future of Highway 47 and Highway 65

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

How do you use Hwy 47/University Ave. and Hwy 65/Central Ave? Maybe you’re just passing through, or this 10-mile corridor is your main route to where you live, work, and play. Regardless of how you use these roadways: walking, biking, public transit, or driving - the way you travel matters.

In their current state, these roadways aren’t serving the community as they should. There are more accidents than average on segments of Hwy 47 and Hwy 65, and accidents that involve pedestrians and bicyclists are far more likely to result in death or serious injuries.The safety of all who use these roads has become a growing concern.

We are engaging the communities along Hwy 47 and Hwy 65 in a new study to better understand the needs of the those who travel along these roadways and what future improvements will help make conditions better for all. Your feedback will help shape a new and improved 47/65.

Share your vision at one of our upcoming public meetings. Whether in-person or virtual, you’ll be a part of vital conversations that will help pave the way for future travel along University and Central Avenues. View in-person and virtual meeting information below and register to attend today!

Stay engaged

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Help shape the future of Highway 47 and Highway 65

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

How do you use Hwy 47/University Ave. and Hwy 65/Central Ave? Maybe you’re just passing through, or this 10-mile corridor is your main route to where you live, work, and play. Regardless of how you use these roadways: walking, biking, public transit, or driving - the way you travel matters.

In their current state, these roadways aren’t serving the community as they should. There are more accidents than average on segments of Hwy 47 and Hwy 65, and accidents that involve pedestrians and bicyclists are far more likely to result in death or serious injuries.The safety of all who use these roads has become a growing concern.

We are engaging the communities along Hwy 47 and Hwy 65 in a new study to better understand the needs of the those who travel along these roadways and what future improvements will help make conditions better for all. Your feedback will help shape a new and improved 47/65.

Share your vision at one of our upcoming public meetings. Whether in-person or virtual, you’ll be a part of vital conversations that will help pave the way for future travel along University and Central Avenues. View in-person and virtual meeting information below and register to attend today!

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.

    In-person meetings

    If you live, work, or play in these areas, attend one of the following meetings and help us shape the future of Hwy 47 & Hwy 65. Can’t make it in-person? Join us online at one of our virtual meetings.

    Advance registration is not required for these open house-style public meetings. Please come and go at your convenience.


    Tue, July 12

    Hwy 47/University Ave. - North of 37th Ave. (Anoka County)
    For residents in: Blaine, Coon Rapids, Fridley, and Columbia Heights
    3-6 p.m.
    Fridley City Hall, 7071 University Ave. NE, Fridley, MN 55432


    Mon, July 18

    Hwy 65/Central Ave. - South of 37th Ave. (Hennepin County)
    For residents in: Northeast Minneapolis
    4-7 p.m.
    United Labor Centre, 312 Central Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414


    Wed, July 20

    Hwy 65/Central Ave. - North of 37th Ave. (Anoka County)
    For residents in: Columbia Heights, Blaine, Fridley, Coon Rapids, Hilltop and Spring Lake Park
    3-6 p.m.
    Columbia Heights High School, 1400 49th Ave. NE, Columbia Heights, MN 55421


    Wed, July 27

    Hwy 47/University Ave. - South of 37th Ave. (Hennepin County)
    For residents in: Northeast Minneapolis
    4-7 p.m.
    Sheridan Elementary School, 1201 University Ave. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413



    Virtual meetings

    If you live, work, or play in these areas, attend one of the following meetings and help us shape the future of Hwy 47 & Hwy 65. Can’t make it to a virtual meeting? Join us at one of our in-person meetings.


    Wed, July 13

    Hwy 47/University Ave. - North of 37th Ave. (Anoka County)
    For residents in: Blaine, Coon Rapids, Fridley and Columbia Heights
    12:30-2 p.m.
    Register to attend


    Mon, July 18

    Hwy 65/Central Ave. - South of 37th Ave. (Hennepin County)
    For residents in: Northeast Minneapolis
    11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Register to attend


    Mon, July 25

    Hwy 65/Central Ave. - North of 37th Ave. (Anoka County)
    For residents in: Columbia Heights, Blaine, Fridley, Coon Rapids, Hilltop and Spring Lake Park
    11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Register to attend


    Thu, July 28

    Hwy 47/University Ave. - South of 37th Ave. (Hennepin County)
    For residents in: Northeast Minneapolis
    4-5:30 p.m.
    Register to attend


    Past

    • Oct. 28: Virtual open houses
    • 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.
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