Crosstown reconstruction comment period extended

The City Council's Transportation and Public Works Committee voted to extend the public comment period on the I-35W/Crosstown Commons reconstruction project from July 15 to Aug. 10.

The city hosted a public hearing about the project in June, drawing many residents. However, a letter from city staff to the Council asked for a comment-period extension to gather more views.

The project would redo all Crosstown junction lanes, increasing the highway from six to 13 lanes. The plan also includes extending high-occupancy vehicle lanes north to 42nd Street and a new bus rapid transit station at 46th Street. The projected construction would take five Southwest homes and one business building, Peter's Billiards, 6150 Lyndale Ave. S.

West access to the Crosstown would also be added at Lyndale Avenue in the Windom neighborhood. Drivers going south on Lyndale Avenue would take a left onto a loop ramp that would point them west on the Crosstown. The Lyndale ramp replaces current Crosstown access at Portland Avenue.

Residents can submit comments at www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/news/CrstwnComment06162.asp. For more information about the project, visit projects.dot.state.mn.us/crosstown/.