Construction on Hennepin/Lyndale makeover begins Aug. 24

Construction begins the week of Aug. 24 on the Hennepin/Lyndale Avenue Reconstruction Project — a major makeover designed to ease congestion along the heavily traveled corridor.

The east leg of the Groveland/Hennepin intersection will be closed to traffic through mid-October, according to project planners. The east-west pedestrian crossing from Groveland across Hennepin/Lyndale will remain open.

The right two lanes of northbound Hennepin will be closed to motorists between the I-94 exit ramp and just short of Oak Grove through mid-November. The left two lanes will remain open.

One of the closed lanes will be converted into a 10-foot wide, two-way path for bicyclists and pedestrians.

The east section of the Oak Grove intersection will be closed when construction on Groveland is wrapped up for up to four weeks.

Bus stops for northbound routes will remain open at Groveland and Oak Grove throughout construction.

The $9.1 million makeover plan will eliminate a lane of traffic in both directions along the corridor and make several improvements for bikers and pedestrians, including shorter crossing distances and easier turns for motorists.

The project area spans Hennepin and Lyndale from Dunwoody Boulevard on the north end to Franklin Avenue on the south.

An estimated 50,000 to 60,000 motor vehicles travel along the corridor each day along with 9,000 bus riders and 2,000 bikers and walkers.

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