Local officials to unveil plans to slow traffic on Washington Avenue

Local officials to unveil plans to slow traffic on Washington Avenue


October 18, 2022

A push by North Loop residents to slow traffic on a busy section of Washington Avenue will hopefully get results, with local authorities set to present their plans at a meeting on Monday, October 24 at 11:30 a.m.. It will be at the TractorWorks Building, 800 North of Washingtonand the public is invited to attend.

There are no stop lights or stop signs in Washington between 10th and 6th Avenue, an area filled with restaurants, bars and, quite often, high-speed vehicles.

The main area of ​​concern is the 8th Street intersection with all the pedestrians coming and going from places like Bar La Grassa, Borough, Snack Bar, Parlor, Bunkers and others, as well as 7th Street where people go and come through the tower tunnel.

“The main question is, how can we make it safe?” said David Crary, board member of the North Loop Neighborhood Association.

Washington Avenue is a Hennepin County road, so in June the NLNA invited County Commissioner Irene Fernando to attend a meeting and listen to neighborhood concerns. She could not come but sent her staff. Minneapolis City Councilman Michael Rainville was in attendance and pledged to help the county in any way he could.

City Council member Michael Rainville meets with concerned residents in June.

A petition campaignurging the county and city to work together to find solutions drew 648 signatures, which organizer Aileen Johnson will present to local officials at Monday’s meeting.

“They said they needed 90 days to come up with a plan to share,” Crary said. “And they better come back with a plan.”

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