In 2016, Hennepin County plans to reconstruct the intersection of Franklin/Cedar/and Minnehaha. Currently, the intersection sits as the second most dangerous in the city and has crash rates 2 ½ times the “critical rate”. As part of a repavement project, the county has proposed several initiatives to make the intersection safer for cars, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Currently, the intersection provides practically no safe way for pedestrians and cyclists to maneuver crossing, as the three streets intersect one another in a disconnected manner.
The County is looking for ways to help improve this intersection for commuters or all types, and has been hosting meetings in the community near to the intersection to discuss issues and make future plans.
For the most current improvement plan click here.
In order to get as many community members involved in the process, there are four upcoming meetings that you can attend:
Tuesday, January 19th
Stakeholder & Interest Group Meeting
Hosted by Hennepin County
3-5 pm – Discussion of concept improvements
Matthews Community Center (29th Ave / 24th Street)
Tuesday, January 26th
General Public Open House Meeting
3-4 pm – Discussion of future use for vacated Minnehaha Avenue
4-5 pm – General Open House meeting to discuss concept improvements
SPOKES Offices (1915 E. 22nd Street – near 22nd Street / Minnehaha Ave.)
Wednesday, January 27th
Coffee Hour with Bob Byers and Kelley Yemen from Hennepin County
Discussion on the Bicycle and Pedestrian routes, Hosted by the Minneapolis Bicycle Coaltion.
5-6:30pm, Precision Grind Coffee, 2223 E Franklin Ave
Tuesday, February 9th
Seward Neighborhood Community Development Committee
UPDATE: 6:30pm- Open House with plan and County Staff members to answer questions
7:00 pm – Community meeting and vote for final consent to move project forward
Matthews Community Center in Seward (29th Ave / 24th Street)
This is your chance to get involved in the 2016 repaving and redesign project of Franklin/Cedar/Minnehaha- join your neighbors and help influence the future of your neighborhood!