Lowry Avenue Community Works: November 12, 2014 update

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November 12, 2014



Carol Anderson
Project Manager

Say Yang


Lowry Avenue Community Works is a collaboration between Hennepin County Public Works and the City of Minneapolis to improve transportation options, offer housing choices and support business growth in the Lowry Avenue communities. 

Learn more at www.hennepin.us/lowry

Final steps in the Lowry Ave. NE planning process

People talking at table

The third and final public workshop in support of the Lowry Avenue northeast planning effort was held in September. Attendees learned about recommendations for roadway concepts, streetscape alternatives and redevelopment concepts, as well as public feedback from past events. 

They also had the opportunity to vote for their preferences for Lowry Avenue’s streetscape design. Most people preferred a visual identity that includes industrial materials (wood, brick, metal and concrete), a bright color palette and bold painted paving patterns. People also expressed interest in safety improvements for walkers and bikers, bus shelters for transit riders and greening the avenue with trees. Community input from all of the open houses will be part of the draft Lowry Avenue Northeast plan, which will be available for comment later this year. For more information, visit: www.hennepin.us/lowry.

Recommended roadway cross section

In August, the Lowry Avenue Community Works steering team of elected officials selected wider sidewalks for the entire Lowry Avenue northeast corridor and on-street bicycle lanes where space allows in the segment from Central Avenue east to Stinson Boulevard. Input from the community and technical advisors helped inform the committee’s decision.

West of Central (below): wider sidewalks with boulevards, two travel lanes with a center continuous left hand turn, on-street parking at selected commercial intersections and no dedicated bicycle facility

West of Lowry Avenue NE travel lanes

East of Central (below): wider sidewalks with boulevards, two vehicle travel lanes, on-street bicycle lanes and on-street parking in select locations

Lowry Avenue NE roadway layout for east of Central

Community Works – Penn Avenue open houses

Help shape the future of Penn Avenue in North Minneapolis: Share your ideas for making this corridor a better place at one of two remaining community open houses. Light refreshments and childcare will be provided and each event will feature information on:

  • C Line bus rapid transit improvements (PDF) coming in 2016, including an opportunity to weigh in on station locations
  • How Penn Avenue may be reconstructed in the future to better accommodate pedestrians, cars, trucks, buses and bikes
  • Alternative options for bike routes, both on and off Penn Avenue 
  • Redevelopment possibilities at key commercial areas along the corridor, particularly at 44th Avenue, Lowry Avenue, West Broadway, Plymouth Avenue, and Glenwood Avenue

Thursday, November 13, 6 to 8 p.m.
Harrison  Recreation Center (Multipurpose Room), 503 Irving Ave N, Minneapolis

Wednesday, November 19, 1 to 3 p.m.
North Regional Library, 1315 Lowry Avenue North (Meeting Room), Minneapolis

More information on Penn Avenue Community Works is available online at http://www.hennepin.us/penn.

Comment on Hennepin County's bicycle plan

People on bikes on the street

Hennepin County’s draft 2040 bicycle plan is out for public comment through December 5, 2014. By adding 536 miles of bike lanes, protected bike lanes, cycle tracks, trails and shoulders to the existing 651-mile system, the plan envisions a robust on- and off-street bikeway system that promotes physical activity, safety, quality of life, and community vitality.

The plan also emphasizes a bicycle network that serves people of all ages and abilities and complements other transportation modes.

Join us for a public open house on November 13 to learn more about the bike plan and to comment in person. Comments may also be sent to bikeplan@hennepin.us.

Organics recycling comes to Northeast Minneapolis

Person recycling

Join your neighbors and help Minneapolis move towards zero waste by recycling your organics! Minneapolis residents can now bring food scraps, food-soiled paper, compostable residential items and compostable plastics to Audubon Park – 1320 29th Ave NE on Tuesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This drop-off location was opened by the Audubon Neighborhood Association in partnership with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling. For more information and a complete list of organics recyclables, please visit: www.minneapolismn.gov/organics.

Four ways to keep your car from getting towed this winter

The snow is here! Stay informed about snow emergencies and winter parking restrictions and avoid a parking ticket or worse, a costly visit to the impound lot. Here are four ways to stay up to date on snow emergencies and parking rules: