Lyndale Avenue Retrofit

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Lyndale Avenue is one of Bloomington’s original and oldest commercial corridors. It serves the entire City; but also functions as a neighborhood “main street” to many residents, businesses, and employers. Lyndale Avenue continues to thrive, although it is aging and is not realizing its full potential. Revitalization will help Lyndale Avenue to meet changing community needs and ensure future economic sustainability.


The City of Bloomington, in partnership with Hennepin County and Stantec Consulting Services, has been working to define a clear vision and strategy to attract reinvestment and new development in the Lyndale Corridor (generally I-494 to 98th Street). The goal is to transform this auto-oriented street into a walkable and multi-use corridor. This will take time and involve continued input from the community and neighborhood property and business owners. The Lyndale Avenue Retrofit strategy will build on the corridor’s main assets: jobs, adjacent residential neighborhoods, and the existing mix of businesses.


The strategy identifies opportunities for public and private investment, providing a variety of housing and mobility options, attractive and accessible public spaces, and active commercial areas to serve residents, employees, and visitors.


Public engagement has been an essential part of the process. Early in the study, area business owners, artists, residents, and City officials provided input, and guidance to shape the plan. Interactive workshops and events held at schools and locations around the area gave youth and other community members a chance to offer ideas. This input helped define a vision for the future of the Lyndale Avenue Corridor.


Lyndale Avenue is one of Bloomington’s original and oldest commercial corridors. It serves the entire City; but also functions as a neighborhood “main street” to many residents, businesses, and employers. Lyndale Avenue continues to thrive, although it is aging and is not realizing its full potential. Revitalization will help Lyndale Avenue to meet changing community needs and ensure future economic sustainability.


The City of Bloomington, in partnership with Hennepin County and Stantec Consulting Services, has been working to define a clear vision and strategy to attract reinvestment and new development in the Lyndale Corridor (generally I-494 to 98th Street). The goal is to transform this auto-oriented street into a walkable and multi-use corridor. This will take time and involve continued input from the community and neighborhood property and business owners. The Lyndale Avenue Retrofit strategy will build on the corridor’s main assets: jobs, adjacent residential neighborhoods, and the existing mix of businesses.


The strategy identifies opportunities for public and private investment, providing a variety of housing and mobility options, attractive and accessible public spaces, and active commercial areas to serve residents, employees, and visitors.


Public engagement has been an essential part of the process. Early in the study, area business owners, artists, residents, and City officials provided input, and guidance to shape the plan. Interactive workshops and events held at schools and locations around the area gave youth and other community members a chance to offer ideas. This input helped define a vision for the future of the Lyndale Avenue Corridor.


Please feel free to ask any questions regarding the Lyndale Avenue Retrofit project.  Check our FAQ's section on the right for commonly asked questions. 


Q & A

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    Why is this Lyndale project still be considered with the looming budget shortfall?

    RRiebel asked 2 months ago

    The City’s planning consultant will complete the strategic plan by the end of 2020. Given the amount of effort undertaken over the past year, it wouldn’t be cost-effective to stop before the plan is finalized. Once the plan is finalized, the City Council will need to decide what, if any recommendations should be implemented in the near future and what should be delayed. Cost considerations will be a critical factor in this decision. 


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    Are there plans to remove 1 lane of traffic to install bike lanes?

    letsmotor asked 3 months ago

    Creating a bicycle lane along Lyndale Avenue is an aspirational idea to expand transportation options in the corridor. Implementation of a bicycle lane on the roadway or a mixed-use trail adjacent to the roadway will require further study to determine the future needs for all modes of transportation on this corridor.

    In the near-term, it is possible to test the idea with the creation of a temporary bicycle lane along Lyndale Avenue. This would result in a temporary dedication of a portion of the road to bicycle use by placing protective barricades between the driving lane and the bike lane. Data would be collected during a set period to test the impacts on traffic flow and safety, and gauge the amount of bicycle use. The City might also explore the potential to locate an on-road bike lane on a parallel street, such as Aldrich Avenue, as an alternative. While a temporary approach could possibly be implemented in the near-term, it would only occur if the project was prioritized by the Council.  Given current budget constraints, this may not move forward for a year or two.  

    Construction of a permanent bicycle lane on Lyndale Avenue or a mixed-use trail adjacent to Lyndale will require additional study and discussions with affected property owners, which may take several years to complete.