Hennepin County planners are convening a public meeting on Wednesday, March 16 to discuss proposals for transit-only lanes, as well as ways to make Lake Street easier to get around by biking, walking, and transit.
The meeting, which will happen online between 6- 7 pm, comes after Metro Transit finalized plans to locate stops for the B Line, a rapid bus project to replace much of Route 21, which will begin operating from the future West Lake Southwest Light Rail station west of Bde Maka Ska to St. Paul Union Depot in 2024.
But unlike existing rapid bus corridors, according to county officials, existing traffic congestion on Lake Street will make it hard for the B Line to truly be a rapid bus. The county also wants to address the number of crashes on the corridor, which is the highest in the city and the county. Both the city and county recently adopted policies in their comprehensive and climate action plans to prioritize biking, walking, and transit.
To address all of these issues, the county is proposing transit-only lanes, mostly in the westbound direction, between West River Parkway and Dean Parkway except at points where traffic congestion is high. The rest of Lake Street is proposed to be converted to three lanes, with a turn lane at the center.
Meeting information will be released on hennepin.us/lake-street-improvements on March 16.
H. Jiahong Pan 潘嘉宏 (pronouns: they/them/theirs) is a Minneapolis-based introverted freelance journalist who reports primarily on their lifelong passion: transportation issues. Find them on a bus of all types, the sidewalk, bike lane, hiking trail or perhaps the occasional carshare vehicle, camera and perhaps watercolor set or mushroom brush in tow, in your community or state or regional park regardless of season. If you can’t find them, they’re probably cooking, writing, curating an archive of wall art or brochures, playing board games, sewing or cuddling with their cat. Follow on Twitter: @h_pan3 or Instagram: @hpphmore or on Mastodon: @firstname.lastname@example.org.