3rd Avenue Redesign


  • LocationMinneapolis, MN
  • ClientCity of Minneapolis
  • Category Transportation


Alliant worked with Minneapolis Public Works to redesign 3rd Avenue between 1st Street and 16th Street in downtown Minneapolis. This redesign included a protected bicycle facility along 3rd Avenue with the purpose of providing a comfortable north-south bicycle connection through downtown while maintaining efficient vehicle mobility. A key goal of the project was to identify opportunities to re-envision corridor “greening” and enhance the pedestrian environment along 3rd Avenue.

The overall project development process began with the identification of 3rd Avenue S in the Minneapolis protected bicycle plan in 2014. Following this study, Alliant worked with the city and project stakeholders to conduct a feasibility assessment of the corridor to identify the appropriate motor vehicle lane configurations, bicycle facility design, opportunities for median-protected bicycle lanes, opportunities to provide streetscape “greening”, design challenges, and access, parking and loading constraints. The redesign was “fast-tracked” through the City of Minneapolis Design, MnDOT State Aid and public engagement process with a $3 million construction budget.


  • Preliminary Design
  • Final Street Design
  • Landscape and Streetscape Design
  • Plans, Specifications, and Estimate
  • Design Exception Preparation
  • Construction Administration
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