Lowry median

CSAH 153/Lowry Avenue Corridor

Services Transportation Design, Planning & Traffic Engineering, Water Resources, Construction Services, Land Surveying & Mapping, Community Engagement
Client Hennepin County
Estimated Construction Cost $14.0M
Location City of Minneapolis, MN

Project Overview

We provided planning, design, and construction services for the federally funded multi-phase reconstruction of CSAH 153 (Lowry Avenue) in North Minneapolis. This turnkey project was prepared by our team over an eight-year time period from conception through construction.

This project consisted of the complete reconstruction of 1.84 miles of 4-lane undivided urban roadway into a 2-lane divided roadway with bike lanes, bus pull outs, parking bump outs, significant streetscape improvements, and dedicated left turn lanes at signalized intersections. This multiple phase and staged project was constructed with full closures and detour routes.

Our work included a complex stormwater model that inspired the design and construction of three sustainable underground storage tanks at different locations along the roadway for rate and volume control.

Beyond Design

This ambitious redesign revitalized the neighborhood. We improved the corridor’s aesthetics and safety. We also created access to public transportation, and opportunities for economic growth. We further helped enhance Lowry Avenue with well-lit boulevards thanks to decorative street lights, new sidewalks, and bicycle lanes. We included signage on both sides of the street that tie seamlessly into the regional trail system. The project’s signature element features our extensive, streetscaping, landscaping, and environmental artwork along the avenue.

We were fully aware that this was a disruptive project for the corridor’s many residents and business owners. That’s why we worked closely with those affected. We were there to answer questions and ensure their needs and concerns were heard. In the end, these strong relationships were an important contributing factor to the success and beauty of the project.

Community Responsibility

Our team worked with Hennepin County, the City of Minneapolis, and several neighborhoods along Lowry Avenue in North Minneapolis to create a master plan for this critical urban corridor. A significant public involvement process was followed to engage the public and define the corridor goals. This public process included a Technical Advisory Committee, Community Advisory Committee, business coordination, public hearings and elected official work sessions.