County board actions: funding will expand bicycle and pedestrian network, continue multilingual phone line, improve sidewalk accessibility

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County board actions

County awards funding to expand bicycle and pedestrian network

The board awarded a total of $748,000 for bikeway projects and $170,225 for sidewalk projects throughout the county. Projects build on Hennepin County’s efforts to increase safe, comfortable transportation options for residents.

Bikeway funding awards

  • City of Brooklyn Park: $124,200 for bike trail construction along Brooklyn Boulevard and 63rd Avenue North
  • City of Dayton: $100,000 for bike trail construction along the West Mississippi River Regional Trail  
  • City of Deephaven: $20,000 for a feasibility study of a bikeway along Minnetonka Boulevard and Vine Hill Road    
  • City of Hopkins: $100,000 to close a bikeway gap of the Nine Mile Creek Regional Trail
  • City of Medina: $44,200 to close a bikeway gap along Pinto Drive    
  • City of New Hope: $20,000 for a feasibility study of a bikeway along Boone Avenue
  • City of Plymouth: $100,000 for bike trail construction along Plymouth Road    
  • City of St. Louis Park: $20,000 for a feasibility study of a bikeway connection across Highway 100 to the West End commercial area
  • Three Rivers Park District: $220,000 for construction of trail crossing improvements at intersections along the Dakota Rail Regional Trail and feasibility studies of bikeways

Sidewalk funding awards

  • Cities of Edina and St. Louis Park: $75,600 for sidewalk construction along France Avenue
  • City of Minneapolis: $12,500 for a citywide study of pedestrian crossings at county roadways  
  • City of Rogers: $61,250 for sidewalk construction along Main Street and pedestrian crossing improvements at Rogers Elementary School  
  • Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board: $20,875 for sidewalk construction along Franklin Avenue    

Learn more about biking and walking in Hennepin County. 

Learn more about this round of bikeway funding awards

Learn more about this round of sidewalk funding awards.  

Grant funding will help continue statewide multilingual phone line

The board accepted nearly $100,000 of grant funding from the Minnesota Department of Human Services for a multilingual telephone line that connects immigrants and refugees to government services across the state. Hennepin County Office of Multicultural Services staff provide phone response services in 12 languages to people with limited English proficiency in all 87 Minnesota counties. Each year, approximately 7,000 households use this language referral line.

Learn more about the Office of Multicultural Services.

Learn more about this round of grant funding.

Construction will improve accessibility along Minneapolis, Wayzata sidewalks

The board awarded a $437,933 contact to Concrete Idea, Inc. for construction of 42 pedestrian ramps, also called curb ramps, and revisions to four traffic control systems in Minneapolis and Wayzata. These improvements, which meet guidelines for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), will make sidewalks more accessible to people with disabilities.

Improvements will be made along the following roadways:

  • County Road 40 (Glenwood Avenue), Minneapolis
  • County Road 66/81 (West Broadway Avenue), Minneapolis
  • County Road 101 (Wayzata Boulevard/Central Avenue North), Wayzata
  • County Road 152 (Webber Parkway), Minneapolis

Learn more about this action.

Learn more about how Hennepin County is working to make sidewalks accessible.

Funding approved for roadway improvements in Rogers

The board approved an agreement with the City of Rogers for improvements to County Road 101 (Brockton Lane North) and County Road 81 (Bottineau Boulevard). Hennepin County will contribute $800,000 of the $2.5 million project funding.

Read more about this construction project.

Read more about this board action.

Commissioner Greene appointed to Metro Mobility Task Force

The board appointed Commissioner Marion Greene as the county representative to the Metro Mobility Task Force. This task force will examine the Metro Mobility program to increase program effectiveness and efficiency, minimize program costs and improve service. Metro Mobility is a shared public transportation service for those with disabilities and health conditions.

Read more about this appointment.

Board declares observance to recognize pretrial, probation and parole staff

The board joined communities across the U.S. and Canada in declaring July 16-22 Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Appreciation Week. During this year's annual observance, Hennepin County recognizes the employees and volunteers of Hennepin County Adult Field Services and Juvenile Probation who supervise more than 24,000 clients a year, nearly half of all Minnesotans under supervision. These staff provide connections and resources to clients to reduce the likelihood of recidivism.

Read more about this action.

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