Monthly Archives: September 2016

46th Street repaving to begin September 29

This press release was provided by Hennepin County 

Starting Thursday, September 29, Hennepin County will begin repaving 46th street (County Road 46) between Lyndale and Cedar avenues. Crews have been active in the area prior to this date doing prep work.

The milling operations, or pavement removal, will be the first major activity. It will start on the west end of the project area and move east. In total, work is expected to last two weeks, but the schedule is weather dependent and subject to change.

Traffic will be maintained in both directions during this work, but will be diverted to either side of the roadway depending on where the construction activity is occurring. For your safety and the safety of our crews, please slow down as you travel through this area.

Thank you for your patience.

Creating safer lane configurations

Crews will begin by removing the top layer of pavement from one side of the roadway at a time. Next, they will lay fresh pavement, let it cure and then apply fresh paint markings.

When the new paint is applied, it will create a newly configured roadway to improve the safety and experience for all road users.

East of Nicollet Avenue: 46th Street will be changed to a three lane configuration with one traffic lane in each direction and a shared center turn lane. Bike lanes will be added on both sides and on-street parking will be removed.

West of Nicollet Avenue: 46th Street will retain two lanes with one lane in each direction. Bike lanes will be added in both directions and parking on the south side of the road will be removed.

Benefits of the new configuration include:

  • Narrowed lanes for vehicles to encourage safer speeds
  • Dedicated lanes for bicyclists
  • Pedestrian buffer space from motorized traffic provided by the bike lanes
  • Improved striping to help travelers navigate the roadway safely
  • Improved traffic flow from the center lane moving turning vehicles out of the way
  • Greatly reduced number of conflicts from vehicles maneuvering around turning traffic

Planners and engineers expect the new design will decrease conflicts and potential crashes by half.

Based on community input

The final design of this project was based heavily on input from area communities, residents and stakeholders. Many expressed an interest in creating a safer and more pleasant experience for all road users, especially pedestrians and bicyclists.

A working group studied transportation issues in this area and considered possible measures that could be implemented with the paving project. The group consisted of representatives from the Field Regina Northup, Kingfield and Tangletown neighborhood associations, as well as city and county staff. Local businesses and property owners were also engaged in this process. An informational open house was held in 2015 to gather input and help guide the planning of the project.

Thank you to all who contributed to this process!

Contact Hennepin County

Learn more about the project at 


Bob Byers, P.E.
Project engineer

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A Night on 48th


A Night on 48th is back for the eighth year on Saturday, November 5th, at Turtle Bread Company from 7 – 10 p.m. Tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 at the door and include appetizers, live music, a wine raffle ticket and cash bar. Space in Turtle Bread is limited; tickets are available on a first-come first-served basis so buy yours today using the form below!


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If you’ve been to this special event in previous years, you know the evening is packed and offers the chance to celebrate our neighborhood with friends. As in previous years, there are plenty of great prizes to be won and great deals to be had at the silent auction. All items are generously donated by local businesses. This is a singular opportunity to shop locally while having the proceeds directly benefit your neighborhood at the same time!

Turtle Bread Company and Pizza Biga keep the party going with a seemingly endless supply of pizza and appetizers, and have a bartender on hand serving beer and wine at the cash bar. This year the music will be provided by AKOUO who describe their sound as “a collage of musical genres.” They will be providing their unique jazz background tunes throughout the night.

The Night on 48th event is a major fundraiser to support FRNNG and all the work being done to help keep our community safe, connected, beautiful, and engaged. The event is also a way to express thanks to everyone who has supported us throughout the year during various events and projects that make our neighborhood a great place to live, work, and play.

In addition to the generous businesses who have donated to the silent auction, we thank this year’s sponsors who have already made this year’s Night on 48th a big success, even before the first guest has entered the door!

We look forward to seeing you on November 5th!