Reconstruction work begins on Hennepin-Lyndale corridor

An illustration of a redesigned Hennepin-Lyndale corridor.

Crews started work Monday on the reconstruction of Hennepin and Lyndale — one of the city’s busiest corridors.

The inside lanes of Hennepin and Lyndale avenues between Franklin and Dunwoody will be closed to traffic until later this summer. Northbound Hennepin from Franklin to where it merges with Lyndale will be closed for about two months, but the onramp to eastbound I-94 will remain open.

The Oak Grove and Groveland intersections will also close periodically during construction.

The goal of the project is to make the corridor friendlier for bikers, pedestrians and motorists.

Improvements include a new pedestrian crossing on the north side of the Groveland intersection; the removal of a northbound travel lane between Groveland and Oak Grove Street; left turn lane modifications from both north and southbound Hennepin/Lyndale lanes to Vineland and Oak Grove; and landscape enhancements and new street lighting.

The project is expected to be completed by June 2017.