The high-traffic corridor is expected to be reconstructed in 2015. It’s one of the most challenging areas in the city for bikers, walkers and motorists.
A community task force made up of neighborhood leaders and other stakeholders have shared aspirations for the project with elected officials and the reconstruction project team.
The vision calls for making the area a “must-see green corridor” that reconnects the Walker Art Center with Loring Park, adjacent neighborhoods, Nicollet Mall and Hennepin; a “safe and attractive place” for pedestrians, bikers and transit users; and a “positive gateway” to downtown and the rest of the city.
The group has also proposed a number of ideas to improve the corridor:
— Reducing pedestrian crossing distances by reducing the number of lanes and lane widths;
— Changing the scale of the street from a “freeway zone to a neighborhood zone”;
— Creating a Grand Terrace at Vineland Place/Oak Grove that includes better landscaping and public art; and
— Creating a stronger green connection from the Walker to the Mississippi River as called for in James Corner Field Operation’s proposal for the Nicollet Mall redesign.
The project team is sorting through comments from the public generated from a March 25 open house on the project. Another open house is expected to be held later this summer.