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 www.hennepin.us/46street
Bob Byers, P.E.
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