I haven’t been around the University of Minnesota-East Bank and the nearby Motley neighborhood for a few months — long enough to notice the jump in construction from what already was happening earlier this year.
The first thing I noticed were the neon yellow and proactive bike lane signs stating simply that cyclists “may use full lane.” This is safer and more effective than the orange signs around other Minneapolis neighborhoods that say something like “bike lane closed ahead,” or that have no signs at all.
Bicyclists may be more surprised to see this, suddenly, at places like Hennepin Avenue.
The East Bank construction projects have plenty of pedestrian crossing signs, including this one in front of the University of Minnesota Medical Center on SE Harvard Street.
From my limited experience, drivers seem to notice these signs around the university campus and tend to let bicyclists (and pedestrians) share these roads more equally.
Just a few of the projects at the UofMN:
Health Sciences Education Center: The overall project looks fantastic and was granted funding back in 2017.
The anticipated completion date of the building is slated to be fall of 2019 to early 2020.
They have a great start. However, on one end and for emergency-room visits, it looks like you may currently run into this mess, as the ER shares space with the main entrance.
Oak Street Ramp: A short, protected bikeway project is planned in addition to the construction. This is certainly welcome as the Oak/Delaware crossing is a little dangerous, and confusing for a pedestrian with its diagonal crossing just south of Delaware. It looks like this now is going to be replaced.
The Pioneer Hall renovations are on target for welcoming first-year students this coming fall. When the renovations started, I was amazed by how large of a project this has become.
The University of Minnesota seems to do a better job than the city of Minneapolis in providing proactive signs for detours and bike lanes during construction projects. What’s your take? Here’s a shared Google photo album for all of the pictures taken.