A study was recently done regarding possible ways to increase safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and motor vehicles at the highly-traveled Hiawatha-Lake street intersection. According to the Streets.MN summary (link listed below), the intersection sees an average of 2,520 pedestrians, 3,910 people accessing train or bus, 675 bicyclists, and more than 33,800 cars per day.
The City of Minneapolis and Hennepin County commissioned the study, done by engineers who envisioned various different options for improvement, both small and larger-scale, that would cost varying amounts to realize.
The subject of the study and potential improvements was discussed at the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization's Land Use and Housing committee meeting on April 7, along with Ward 9 Council Member Alondra Cano, who expressed her interest in hearing what the priorities of residents and other stakeholders would be regarding the options for improvement.
At this time, there is no plan to implement any of the options in the study, and it seems clear that if residents are interested in seeing some improvements to the intersection, we will need to engage other stakeholders, carefully examine the pros and cons of the various options that have been proposed, and advocate for desired changes. The Land Use and Housing Committee of Corcoran will continue to examine the options and their implications for our neighborhood. The committee welcomes additional participation from interested neighbors! The Land Use and Housing Committee meets the 1st Thursday of the month at 6 pm at the CNO office, 35th and Cedar.
For more information and to read the study, go to www.corcoranneighborhood.org/hi-lake-study.