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Portland Avenue Multi-Modal Corridor Study

Hennepin County Signal Removal Trial

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Trial Period - 90 Days 

Hennepin County's next step of the traffic signal study is to shut down the signal system, including covering all of the signal indications, adding stop signs on E 82nd Street and signing the pedestrian crossings across Portland Avenue. Before and during this time, Hennepin County is collecting data and monitoring traffic and pedestrians through this intersection to confirm the results of the study and to ensure there are no unknown needs for the signal that have not been identified in the study and analysis.

For additional information regarding this project, please visit Hennepin County's Portland Avenue safety improvements project page.

The purpose of the corridor study was to explore options for improving roadway safety and operations and to address the current and future needs of autos, pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit. Alternatives being considered include converting Portland Avenue from two lanes in each direction, to one lane in each direction with a two-way left turn lane in the center and bike lanes (this would require the removal of the limited on-street parking.)

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Project Milestones and Meetings: 2017 -  2018

Project Kick Off - February 28th

Data Collection - February to March

City Staff along with the project consultant will be gathering data along Portand Avenue. Types of data include:

  • Vehicle volumes
  • Vehicle speeds
  • Crash history
  • Traffic signal timing/Intersection delay
  • Turning movement counts at signalize intersections
  • AM and PM peak hour gap studies at two unsignalized intersections

Open House #1 - March 28th

Public Open House & Workshop
March 28, 2017 - 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Valley View Middle School

Open House Boards

PDF icon Open House 1 Boards 3_28_17.pdf

Develop Near-term and Long-term Concept Alternatives - March to April

Open House #2 - May 9th, 2017 

Public Open House 
May 9, 2017 - 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Valley View Middle School

Open House Boards

PDF icon Download Open House Boards.pdf (4.52 MB)

PDF icon Download Near Term Opt 1( 3-Lane).pdf (13.09 MB)

PDF icon Download Near Term Opt 2 (2-Lane).pdf (13.25 MB)

PDF icon Download Long Term Option (3-Lane with Medians.pdf (10.6 MB)

PDF icon Open House Mailer.pdf

Open House or Project Comments

Council Public Hearing - July 10, 2017, 7:00 PM

City Council Adoption of Recommendations 
The study results along with the SAC recommendations were presented at the City Council Public Hearing on July 10, 2017. . The Council approved the following recommendations. 

Near-term Recommendations 

Option 1, which generally includes the following items: 

Roadway Geometry and Intersection Control    
  • Reconfiguration of Portland Avenue striping from a four-lane cross section to a three-lane cross section
  •  Bike lanes on each side of the street
  • Dedicated two-way center left turn lane
  • Modifications to the existing traffic signal systems such as those required to properly position signal heads over the traffic lanes and changes in to detection infrastructure
  • No Council action nor comments were made regarding the potential removal of the traffic signal at 82nd Street and Portland Avenue as described in Section 5.7 of this report
Changes to parking regulations on Portland Avenue and to the Official No Parking Zone Map identified in Bloomington City Code Section 8.40 as follows:
  • Posting "No Parking, Any Time" along the entire corridor from Old Shakopee Road to American Boulevard


Portland Avenue Multi-Modal Corridor Study Final Report

Construction - Summer 2018


Project Contacts - Questions or Comments

Amy Marohn, P.E.

(952) 563-4532 or

Paul Jarvis, Traffic Management Coordinator 
(952) 563-4548 or