Monthly Archives: October 2015

46th Street Community Open House

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46thIn the Summer of 2016 Hennepin County will be performing a “mill and overlay” of 46th street that will extend the life of the road. This process removes the top layer of asphalt and replaces it with a new smooth surface. During this process there is an opportunity to rethink the lane configuration of the corridor when re-applying the lane markings. This paving project could provide improvement opportunities for vehicular traffic, bicyclists and pedestrians.

Residents and business owners are invited to join representatives from Hennepin County, the City of Minneapolis, Field Regina Northrop, Kingfield and Tangletown for a community meeting and workshop to discuss the future of 46th street from Lyndale to Cedar Ave. This joint meeting will take place at the Field Middle School auditorium on Wednesday October 21st from 6-8pm. A map of the area will be displayed to allow posting comments and identifying problem areas. Staff will provide information on existing traffic volumes, crash history, and background on previous ideas for improvement.

Many community members have called for traffic calming measures on 46th street as the process of driving, walking, or cycling around this four lane corridor is often described as a “crazy” experience. Hennepin county officials recognize this and their data shows that 46th Street is experiencing a rate of crashes significantly higher than comparable streets. A working group has been established to study the transportation issues in this area and to examine actions which could be implemented with the paving project. The group consists of county and city staff members with representatives from the Field Regina Northrop, Kingfield and Tangletown neighborhoods.

423One option for traffic calming available to the County in this situation is what is commonly known as a “4-to-3 Conversion” where the current four lanes are converted into two single vehicle lanes heading east and west with a center turn lane. Similar projects have become very common around Minneapolis and have achieved the result of a more predictable and steady traffic flow, with a significant reduction of crashes and injuries. A local examples of this type of conversion is 50th street between Lyndale and France Ave, which was converted from a four to a three lane street in the early 2000s. This type of configuration reduces the dangerous weaving that often occurs when people must stop to make a left hand turn which is common today along many sections of 46th street. This is particularly dangerous to people crossing on foot who are often invisible to drivers passing by quickly on a four lane street.

Different sections of 46th Street present their own problems, from the hectic 35W ramp to the wide open “speedway” north of McRae Park to the calmer areas along the far east end of the corridor. Many cyclists must use 46th to cross the freeway and there may be room for bike lanes in a three lane configuration and 46th Street is listed on the Hennepin County’s master bike plan. Parking may be impacted for sections of the corridor. The County is studying these options and others, and is actively seeking neighborhood feedback on these issues. Many neighbors have already weighed in and you can too even before the October 21st meeting. Just send your thoughts, comments, and wishes to the FRN office at frnng@frnng.org, contact us on Facebook or Twitter, or call the office at (612) 721-5424 and leave a message. Thank you to everyone who has already taken the time to comment, your input has been very valuable already.

Look for more updates on the FRN webpage and our Facebook and Twitter. Neighbors will also be receiving a reminder postcard closer to the October 21st meeting.

Additional information is available on the county website at: www.hennepin.us. In the search box, type “46th Street Study”. Questions or comments can also be directed to the county and city staff members:

Hennepin County
Bob Byers (612) 596-0354 robert.byers@hennepin.us
Kelley Yemen (612) 543-1963 kelley.yemen@hennepin.us

Minneapolis
Allan Klugman (612) 673-2743 allan.klugman@minneapolismn.gov

Plants and flowers for 2nd Avenue

49thNeighbors:  As you may know or have read, the Field Regina Northrop Neighborhood Group (FRNNG) Greening Committee has been working to maintain the lands east and adjacent to the sound barrier walls of 35W South running from 42nd Street to 51st Street along 2nd Avenue South.  We have made a lot of progress in maintaining the lands (mowing) with some planting of perennial flowers & plants since May, 2015 to today.

The next phase of our maintenance efforts includes planting as many perennial plants and flowers along the wall to meet two goals 1) add some flower/color to the expanse of wall space; and 2) lessen the amount of land that will need to be mowed annually. With the cooperation of neighbors across several communities, we will make our first planting effort during the next month or so with a call for neighbors to split and donate perennial plants & flowers that do well in Minnesota’s climate.

Call for plants & flowers:  If you are splitting plants/flowers over the next month, please consider donating some of these to FRNNG’s Greening Committee for planting along 2ndAvenue; 2nd Avenue remains a primary thoroughfare for most who are entering or exiting 35W South.  We are looking for a variety of plants including hostas (sun-worthy) and other hostas; false indigo(baptisia); varieties of Bee Balm; Black-Eyed Susan; Aster, cone-flowers; Joe Pye; ornamental grasses, Asiatic Lillies, Lillies, etc.  While it is understood that these propagate over time, we are less interested in plants that are so invasive that we will spend our time, excising the overgrowth.  Of course, the Greening Committee welcomes all donations with some description of the plant’s needs (sun, shade, dry, soggy, etc.) – any added guidance or cautionary notes regarding donated plants is appreciated.  For plants or flowers that are best split in the spring, please keep FRNNG Greening’s needs in mind.  Send us an email of spring split and we’ll track back to you in spring, 2016. Email to greening@frnng.org

HELP IN DIGGING OUT PLANTS: We will help dig/separate plants/flowers for those who are not able to do so or would appreciate a little help. We’ll do our best to keep up with requests for help in the digging & separating effort. Please provide contact information & address, as appropriate.  Patience is appreciated. Email to greening@frnng.org

PLANT DROP OFF:  If you are able to drop-off plants, please do so to 205 East 48thStreet (between 2nd & 3rd Avenue South – Maroon House with orange door).  Plants may be left on the garage pad (signs will mark the place).   If you have difficulty in lifting or transporting, please call Tim Price 612-385-2297 or email to: timtprice@comcast.net. Timis willing to help if you are traveling to his home to drop off plants if possible.