A new face for Lake Street

The Calhoun Area Residents Action Group (CARAG) has held two visioning sessions for community members interested in weighing in on the reconstruction of the western portion of Lake Street, from Blaisdell to Dupont avenues.

A CARAG subcommittee has been meeting every two weeks to talk about several Lake Street issues – from how many turning lanes the street should have to width of sidewalks.

At the neighborhood group’s March 21 meeting, the board passed three resolutions seeking further information and research from Hennepin County on how the reconstruction project will impact pedestrians, businesses and historic buildings along Lake Street.

The group also passed a resolution opposing a five-lane configuration on Lyndale Avenue between 29th and 31st streets.

The Hennepin County and city of Minneapolis Lake Street Reconstruction and Streetscaping project will reshape the prominent street between Dupont Avenue and the Mississippi River – a four-mile stretch.

The project is the first thorough reconstruction of Lake Street in 50 years and one of the largest single road projects in the county’s history, according to the county’s Web site.