The Infrastructure initiative represents
the Partnership’s commitment to create viable transportation
options for and within the Phillips community. The Interstate-35W
Access Project proposes to provide full and direct access
to and from I-35W in the Lake Street area. Current local access
to this major artery of our freeway system is limited and
has stifled the economic vitality and opportunities in the
plans as approved by the Project Advisory Committee
on November 26, 2002 (4MB pdf).
I-35W Access Project documents
Committee (20K pdf)
Assessment Findings for Preferred Alternatives (28K pdf)
What Happens in Detail Design?
by Neighborhood (12K pdf)
Mitigations & Enhancement documents
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Street
Character (9.8MB pdf)
Chapter 3: Traffic
Management (800K pdf)
Chapter 4: Active
Transportation (1.6MB pdf)
Chapter 5: Structures
Chapter 6: Land
Use and Urban Design (19MB pdf)
Chapter 7: Preliminary
Cost Estimate (350K pdf)
Chapter 8: Final
Refinements and Acknowledgments (350K pdf)
In October of 1997, Allina Health System and Abbott Northwestern
Hospital co-sponsored a transportation study to obtain viable
options to improve accessibility to and from the hospital
campuses housed directly in the Phillips Neighborhood, which
led to freeway accessibility proposals to be incorporated
into the partnership’s infrastructure initiative in
In 1998, Congress appropriated $2 million for the design
of improved access to and from I-35W, requiring the Minnesota
Department of Transportation, Hennepin County, and the City
to commit $400,000 to fund the required 20% local match. In
July of 2001, Congress passed a Supplemental Appropriations
Bill in which Congressman Martin Sabo earmarked another $4.7
million for the I-35W Access Project.
Access improvements are essential to supporting revitalization
and growth along Lake Street, including surrounding businesses
and residential areas. As this revitalization occurs, all
modes of traffic — pedestrian, bicycle, cars, bus transit
and commercial truck — are expected to increase. The
new access proposals include capacity, transit station and
urban design improvements.
Bird’s eye view of the I-35W Access Project
“Rebuilding the Phillips community requires reconnecting
it, its people and its enterprises to the broader economy.
That is my vision; that is the vision of the Phillips Partnership.
Reconnection is why we are working for better access to and
from I-35W, an essential artery of the regional economy.”
--Peter McLaughlin, Hennepin
The Project Advisory Committee guides the decision making
process and provides community input to project planning.
Hennepin County Commissioners appointed committee members
representing various neighborhood organizations, business
groups, non-profit institutions and economic/environmental
groups that will be affected by the work of the project. PAC
members recommend the best construction and design options
and alternatives to accommodate all interested parties. Based
on these recommendations, the Phillips Partnership and Hennepin
County will develop proposals to present to the Minnesota
Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT), the Federal Highway
Administration (FHWA) and the Metropolitan Council for the
construction of new access ramps. During a series of public
meetings, residents and business owners within project boundaries
asked questions and provided feedback on proposed ramp changes
and selected preferred alternatives.
Aaron Isaacs of Metro Transit discusses
the Project alternatives with an area resident.
PAC members also formed a Mitigation/Enhancement Subcommittee
to ensure mitigation and enhancement measures are incorporated
into the eventual Project Design Plan. Subcommittee members
established a clear set of purposeful goals early on by reviewing
and discussing traffic management and calming measures for
local streets potentially affected by the I-35W Access Project.
Their mission: Create a project that not only ameliorates
the adverse impacts caused by the construction of new highway
infrastructure but actually enhances the lives of all the
people in the community by improving the safety, well being,
and cohesion of their neighborhoods.
Street calming is but one of several mitigation and enhancement
measures that will be included within the eventual Project
design plans. Other potential enhancements include landscaping
and public art. Each mitigation and enhancement measure must
respond to the requirements established by the Project Advisory
Committee that the Access Project serves to enhance the area
and improve current neighborhood conditions. Once the Subcommittee
identifies proposed calming measures, project technical consultants
will analyze them to determine their feasibility. The PAC
will then review the Subcommittee’s recommendations
and if adopted, these measures will be incorporated into the
overall Project Design Plan.