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Penn Avenue Improvements Project 

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The Penn Avenue Improvements Project is a collaborative effort by Metro Transit, Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis to make infrastructure improvements and enhance transportation and transit service and safety throughout Penn Avenue and Olson Memorial Highway (Hwy. 55) into downtown Minneapolis. Construction will begin in spring 2018 and continue through early 2019. 

Roadway and pedestrian safety improvements include:

  • Narrowing roadway to encourage safer traffic speeds
  • Shortened crossing distances for pedestrians
  • Improved street lighting
  • Green boulevards to further separate pedestrians from traffic
  • Updating pedestrian ramps to be ADA compliant
  • Replacing sidewalks

This project is a part of the larger Penn Avenue Vision and Implementation Framework, a result of more than two years of planning from Hennepin County, the City of Minneapolis, Metro Transit and neighborhoods in North Minneapolis.  

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Construction Detours

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The map below displays active traffic detours, bus detours, and temporary and closed bus stops.

Active Detours

Penn & Plymouth Segment - 12th Ave to 14th Ave (Start date April 9 - Approx. 2 month duration)
Penn & Golden Valley Road Segment  - 17th Ave to 21st Ave (Start week of April 23 - Approx. 2 months duration)
26th Ave to Lowry Reconstruction Segment - 26th Ave to Lowry Ave (Start date April 9 - Approx. 6 months duration)


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