When will construction work begin and end, and where?

Construction began in 2015 and is expected to be complete by summer 2018. In 2016, the block-by-block replacement of streets and sidewalks began at the south end of Nicollet Mall at Grant Street and is working its way north to Washington Avenue. A summer 2018 grand opening is anticipated.

Renovation Timeline

  • 2015 and 2016: Construction – utilities
  • 2016 and 2017: Construction – streets and sidewalks
  • Early 2018: Details – trees, plants and streetlights
  • Summer 2018: Grand opening

How much of Nicollet Mall is being redesigned?

The design and construction is occuring from building face to building face along 12 blocks of Nicollet Mall from Washington Avenue to Grant Street. Design elements are also being added down cross streets for a short distance.

How is bike transit affected by the Nicollet Mall redesign?

Bikes and transit will continue to share the street. This allows for as much space as possible for pedestrians, greening, and sidewalk cafes, while still providing bike access to all the destinations along the mall. The City is actively working to identify a new north – south route through downtown for bicycles. This new route will be available by the time construction is complete; until then the project will require bicycles to use alternate routes.

Why not make Nicollet Mall only for pedestrians?

Nicollet Mall is and will remain a key part of the regional transit system, as well as an important part of the City’s bike network. The businesses, retailers, and restaurants along the mall would also not be well served by making the mall pedestrian only.

Are streetcars coming to Nicollet Mall? And if they are, do we still need buses?

Planning for the Nicollet-Central streetcar project is well underway, with next steps including determining the financing package to pay for streetcar construction and operation. The streetcar will run along the Mall and will replace some, but not all, of the bus routes that need to use the Mall. Both modes of transit will share the Mall. We are looking at occasional bus re-routes and other elements of transit flexibility, with the goal of balancing the desire for events on the Mall with the needs of transit users.

How are demolished materials being disposed?

Crews are being mindful of how all materials are being discarded and disposed. Processes include:

  • Concrete and Asphalt debris, including all concrete pipe, is being crushed down to be reused as a recycled aggregate product.
  • Granite pavers are being handled in two different ways: (1) Whole pieces are being salvaged for reuse and repurposing and (2) The broken pavers are being crushed down for reuse as decorative granite.
  • All identifiable metal scrap is being sorted out of the debris and is being taken to a recycler.
  • All trees to-date have been taken to recycling facility.

Nicollet Mall: By the Numbers

  • 130,000 employees use Nicollet Mall each day
  • More than 34 million square feet of office space
  • Three Fortune 500 companies are headquartered on the mall (U.S. Bank, Xcel Energy and Target)
  • 1,310 daily bicycle trips and 20,320 daily pedestrian trips recorded in 2011
  • 22,000 construction jobs anticipated over the next decade
  • 35,000 current downtown Minneapolis residents
  • By 2025, the goal is to have 70,000 Downtown Minneapolis residents