• Washington Avenue

    The new Washington Avenue project will reconfigure lanes for more efficiency, provide more space for pedestrians at intersections, increase boulevard greening, and include the first dedicated cycle track in downtown Minneapolis for bicyclists.

    Washington Avenue between Hennepin Avenue and 5th Avenue
    Beginning Project Date:
    March 2016
    Project Completion:
    Recent Updates:
    Paving work on the new cycle track, or curb-protected bike lane, is taking place between Hennepin & 2nd Avenues. This is a key component of the Washington Avenue Project as it will improve safety and overall experience for pedestrians and bicyclists, eventually from Hennepin to 5th. Crews began pouring new sidewalks on the north side of Washington Avenue during the week of October 10. The new sidewalks will remain closed to pedestrian traffic as crews continue their work behind the curb. The crosswalks at Hennepin and Marquette avenues have reopened. These sidewalks will be the first fo what will be a greatly improved environment for pedestrians and bicyclists along Washington Avenue, including curb-separated bike lanes (cycle tracks), shorter pedestrian crossing distances at intersections, lantern-style lighting for pedestrians, street greening and landscaping, new colored pavers between the cycle tracks and sidewalks, and reprogrammed signals that give pedestrians and bicyclists a head start at intersections. Below-ground utility work is complete, and curbs and gutters are installed on Washington between Hennepin Avenue and Second Avenue South. Crews paved that section on September 29. Paving at Marquette and Second avenues will be done in two stages to keep cross traffic moving. However, there will be a detour during paving for northbound traffic on Marquette following Washington Avenue, Third Avenue South and First Street. Southbound traffic should be unaffected. Work on westbound lanes will take place in 2016. In Spring 2017, westbound lane work is scheduled for completion, and completion of eastbound lanes is scheduled for summer/fall 2017. Starting early morning on Monday, August 15, the detour of westbound lanes of Washington Avenue (County Road 152) in downtown Minneapolis will begin at Portland Avenue. The detour currently begins at Second Avenue South. This detour for motorists and bicyclists will follow Portland Avenue, Third Street South, Hennepin Avenue and then return to Washington Avenue. There is no detour for pedestrians or eastbound Washington Avenue. In addition, eastbound traffic will be reduced to two lanes through the work area. Crews will be working in the northwest corner of the intersection of Washington Avenue and Marquette Avenue starting Wednesday, August 24. All northbound traffic on Marquette will be detoured onto Washington Avenue, Third Avenue South and First Street. The closure is expected to last one week (schedules are subject to change). Buses traveling southbound on Marquette will be unaffected by the closure.