Portion of Nicollet Avenue South Now Closed for Reconstruction

While crews were delayed a day due to the weather, pavement started being removed Thursday.

Nicollet Avenue South is now closed from 36th Street to about half way between 37th and 38th streets for the second phase of the avenue's reconstruction project.

Despite the wet conditions and getting a one-day late start, crews began removing the pavement between the blocked off areas Thursday morning, according to Beverly Warmka, project engineer.

Businesses are open during construction and local access to them, as well as residences, will be maintained. As for traffic detours, buses and vehicles have been rerouted to 1st and Blaisdell avenues. Thomas and Sons expects to begin working on the storm sewer the week of May 13, the recent newsletter said.

Nicollet Avenue was originally constructed in 1954 and an asphalt overlay was done in 1977, according to the project's webpage. The first phase of the reconstruction project was completed at the end of the 2012 construction season, and focused on the area between Lake and 36th streets. The second and final phase will revamp Nicollet from 36th Street to 40th Street.

The final product will feature two traffic lanes, one in each direction, with partking on both sides. In addition, the project includes the removal and replacement of the pavement, curb and gutter, driveways, sidewalks, and storm drain inlets.

The following information was sent out by the city in the e-newsletter:

Stakeholder construction updates

Public Works will hold construction update meetings. These meetings are to provide an opportunity to learn what is happening with the construction and share potential issues and concerns.   At this point, meetings will be scheduled for 9am on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of May and June. We may adjust the frequency of the meetings based on needs and meeting attendance.

Where: Butter Bakery Café

3700 Nicollet Ave.

When: 9:00 am

Dates: May 16, June 6, June 20

The first meeting will provide an opportunity to meet and be introduced to Bob, the on-site inspector, and myself.


On-site project inspector Bob Schmidt 651-308-3805-  Call Bob if you have immediate issues on the project

Project Engineer Beverly Warmka 612-673-3762-  Call Bev if you have general questions regarding the project

Proposed 2013 Phasing:

May/July – Construction area  –  south of 36th St to just south of 38th St

August/October – Construction area  – south of 38th St to 40th St


Minneapolis Water still has valve replacements are still needed at the intersection of 38th and Nicollet, this work will be coordinated with the project.

Minneapolis Water has started installing the temporary water main between 36th and 38th Streets. They may start with laying out the temporary hoses to properties next week. They will contact the property owners to schedule this work.  This will be needed for the water department to clean and line the existing main. The cleaning and lining work is expected to start the week of May 20th. The schedule for this will be shared as it's available.

CenturyLink has rebuilt most of their manholes in the project area. They are currently working on one along Nicollet Ave south of 38th St. They have a manhole rebuild remaining in the intersection of 38th St and Nicollet. That will be coordinated with the other work going on in the intersection. More information will be shared as it’s available.

Minneapolis Traffic has completed the installation of temporary lighting from 36th St to 40th St and the temporary signal at 38th and Nicollet.

Additional information will be shared as it's available.

Southwest Minneapolis Patch will update readers as more information becomes available.


  • Phase II of Nicollet Avenue Reconstruction to Begin Next Week
  • Nicollet Avenue Partially Reopens
  • Will Local Businesses Survive Nicollet Roadwork?
  • 35th And Nicollet To Close For Two Weeks

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