Snow Emergency Declared

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Minneapolis Snow Emergency has been declared in Minneapolis. Parking rules go into effect at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27.

Wednesday, Nov. 27, 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. (Day 1)
Do not park on EITHER side of a Snow Emergency route until 8 a.m., or the street is fully plowed.

Thursday, Nov. 28, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Day 2)
Do not park on the EVEN numbered side of a non-Snow Emergency route until 8 p.m., or that side of the street is fully plowed, or on EITHER side of a parkway until 8 p.m., or the parkway is fully plowed.

Friday, Nov. 29, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Day 3)
Do not park on the ODD numbered side of a non-Snow Emergency route until 8 p.m., or that side of the street is fully plowed.

You can find an interactive map for street lookup here.

More: minneapolismn.gov/snow

Public Comment Requested on Draft ADA Transition Plan for Public Works

The City of Minneapolis Government is seeking comments through Dec. 27 on the draft ADA Transition Plan for Public Works – a plan that identifies priorities for removing accessibility barriers in the City’s public right of way.

The draft ADA Transition Plan identifies and outlines recommendations for four types of infrastructure that impact accessibility for people walking or rolling in the public right of way: pedestrian curb ramps, accessible pedestrian signal systems, sidewalks and street crossings.

Following the comment period, staff will review feedback and will bring a revised ADA Transition Plan for Public Works to the City Council for consideration in early 2020.

Read the full draft here: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/www/groups/public/@publicworks/documents/webcontent/wcmsp-221601.pdf

Comments can be made online, in person, or via phone.

Attend an Open House on the draft:
Monday, Dec. 16
4:30-6:30 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library, Doty Board Room
300 Nicollet Mall

Comment online here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DraftADATransitionPlanSurvey

Comments can also be taken by:
Kelsey Fogt
Kelsey.fogt@minneapolismn.gov
612-673-3885.

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Broadway Street Northeast Repaving Update

Expect delays and temporary closures of Broadway Street Northeast between Marshall Street Northeast (County Road 23) and Lincoln Street in Minneapolis starting October 14th for approximately one week (weather permitting). Due to the nature of this work and the weather, the exact start and finish dates may vary.

The majority of the work will be completed alongside traffic. This means people can continue to use the road. You should expect delays and traffic configuration changes when traveling through the area. Flaggers may also be on site to help guide people driving on Broadway Street Northeast.

This work is done in stages. First, we ground away, or mill, the existing pavement. Then, we pave, or overlay, a new layer of pavement. Finally, we add new striping and pavement markings.

Stay Safe During Construction

For your safety and the safety of our crews, we ask that you obey all posted speed limits and slow down where crews are working.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we continue project work in this area.

2019 Corridor Improvements

As crews repave the area, they will also make the following changes to the roadway:
-Convert the 4-lane roadway between 4th and Jackson streets and between Tyler and Lincoln streets to a 3-lane roadway (one lane in each direction with shared center turn lane)
-Install a test closure median at Tyler Street to prohibit left turns
-Convert the road to one lane in each direction at the railroad bridge near Buchanan Street

Anticipated 2020 improvements

Crews are anticipated to return in 2020 to complete the following:
-Repaving between Broadway Street between Lincoln Street and Stinson Boulevard Northeast (County Road 27)
-Making intersection modifications at Johnson Street to improve sight distance for left-turning vehicles

To learn more about the project, visit hennepin.us/broadwaystreet.

For questions, please contact Bob Byers, project manager, at robert.byers@hennepin.us or call 612-596-0354.

A Brush With Kindness

Is your home in need of critical repairs or painting? Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity can help! Applications for the “A Brush With Kindness” program are now open!

What is A Brush with Kindness? We believe that every family should have the opportunity to affordably maintain and preserve their home. But many situations can create barriers for you to keep up with repairs, including unexpected life events or loss of income. Our paint and repair program provides health and safety repairs that can help you maintain a safe and stable home. That’s why more than 2,000 local families have partnered with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity’s A Brush with Kindness program!

The “A Brush with Kindness” program focuses on exterior painting, and health and safety repairs. Their home repair program utilizes a combination of volunteers and contractors to help homeowners affordably maintain their homes.

Go to https://home.tchabitat.org/home-repair to apply and learn more! Please note, the deadline to apply is: November 4, 2019, by 4:00 p.m. 

Homeowners with roofing needs are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as roofing resources and funds are limited – roofing projects will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Work will start on accepted projects in May 2020, weather cooperating.

If you submit an eligible application, staff will visit your home to understand your repair needs. Habitat staff, volunteers and/or contractors will complete projects within one year of your application.

What we do:

  • Exterior Painting
  • Carpentry repairs on roofing, siding, flooring, doors, windows
  • Mechanical system repairs to plumbing, electrical, heating
  • Tree trimming and removal
  • Safety and accessibility modifications (ramps, grab bars, ADA toilets, lever-handles for doors and faucets)

What we don’t do:

  • Emergency repairs
  • Driveway Paving
  • Cosmetic repairs (Remodel)
  • Large Structural repairs (Foundations, waterproofing, etc.)
  • Building additions (Rebuild garage, finish basements or attics)

Homeowners are eligible if:

  • Home is in 7-county Twin Cities metro area
  • Owner occupied for at least the last 2 years and have homeowners insurance
  • Household income below 80% of Twin Cities median income (e.g. household size of 2 = $57,550 maximum income – see our webpage for more examples: https://home.tchabitat.org/home-repair-eligibility)
  • Cannot have received assistance through ABWK in the past 2 years

How much will this cost?

A Brush with Kindness repairs are affordable. You have two repayment options:

1) 2-year, monthly repayment plan that is customized for your affordability

  • Payments dependent on ability to repay, but will not exceed $250 per month. Discount if you select this option!

2) 10-year forgivable mortgage, no monthly payments

  • Mortgage amount declines by 1/10 each year

Please call 612-788-8169 with any questions you might have about the program, the application process, or if you require assistance filling out an application.

Construction Alert

Expect delays when traveling through these areas. For your safety and the safety of the crews, please exercise caution and slow down as you travel through these areas.

Central Avenue
Off-peak lane closures will begin as crews remove pavement markings (turn arrows and crosswalks) before the start of work on Highway 65 (Central Avenue) in Northeast Minneapolis. Pavement repair and preservation work is scheduled to begin Tuesday, June 11, 2019, on the highway between 27th Avenue and 37th Avenue. Work will be done overnight between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. through Friday, June 14, to minimize impacts to motorists.

Motorists will encounter a single lane of traffic the entire length of the project on the side of the road being worked on as crews apply asphalt coatings to the road surface. Cross streets will be closed for a short time as work moves along Highway 65. During the work, on-street parking will not be allowed. Nearby residents and businesses may experience noise from trucks and other equipment during the project. A thin coating of asphalt is applied to the pavement surface as a protective coating to extend the life of the pavement.

Work is expected to be done by Friday morning, June 14, weather permitting. Crews will return later in June to restripe the roadway.
For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit http://www.511mn.org.

Bridge Inspections

Starting Monday, June 3, bridge maintenance crews are scheduled to conduct inspections on seven bridges in Minneapolis. Below are the bridges to be inspected in anticipated order.

10th Street North Bridge over BNSF railroad 7th Street North Bridge over BNSF railroad
Broadway Street Northeast (County Road 66) Bridge over the Mississippi River
Broadway Street Northeast Bridge over Sibley Street Northeast
Cedar Avenue South (County Road 152) Bridge over Lake Nokomis
Lake Street (County Road 3)
Bridge over the Mississippi River
Osseo Road (County Road 152) Bridge over Canadian Pacific Railroad

Typically done every 1-2 years as part of federal guidelines, bridge inspections allow our engineers and technicians to thoroughly examine the bridge to determine if preventative maintenance work is needed.

Weather permitting, inspections of each bridge is expected to take anywhere from a half day to up to three days to complete. Inspections will occur between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

To complete this work, crews will use large bucket trucks called snooper trucks parked on the bridge to examine the sides and underneath the bridge. As a result, please expect short-term single lane closures, as well as sidewalk and/or bike lane closures, where applicable. We will keep at least one lane for each direction of traffic and one side of the sidewalks open at all times. We will use signage, cones and barricades to guide you around the work areas.

Free Community Technology Repair and Education

Fix-It Tech Events

A free community technology education event providing computer hardware repair, education and tech support.

Flyer

Friday, January 30, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Takoda Institute – AIOIC
1845 East Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, 55404

Friday, February 27, 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Oak Park Center – Pillsbury United Communities
1701 Oak Park Ave N., Minneapolis 55411

Saturday, March 28, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Waite House – Pillsbury United Communities
2323 11th Ave S., Minneapolis, 55404

Have a Computer Question or Issue?

  • If your computer or laptop is slow, not working, or seems to have a virus, bring it in for free tech support!
  • Our volunteers will teach valuable repair skills, answer questions, and give technical advice about your device.

Details & What to Bring:

  • First come, first served. Labor will be FREE. Parts available to purchase.
  • Bring your laptop, and/or desktop tower and power cord.
  • Volunteers will help with smartphones and tablets based on capacity.

Free Workshops and Resources

  • Short sessions will cover basic computer maintenance and Internet safety. Pick up resources, learn about technology education programs and careers.

See more at Fix-It Tech Event page and blog post from November 22 event in North Minneapolis.

SAENA considering updating street lights

SAENA has money ear-marked for updated street lighting… We need to decide if this project is something we’d like to pursue.

The link below contains the Minneapolis Street Lighting Policies.

This is a good start to understanding the process and basic information the City provides.

At the Community Meeting last night (January 26) this information was shared by a member of the Minneapolis Public Works Department.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4NjfQx75ckYTDFJWWtwTXh3eElKQldidHg0UTJTc1BQTjIw/view?usp=sharing