Location: St. Anthony Parkway South to 10th Ave NE
Marshall St NE has been identified by the four adjoining neighborhood groups, Marshall Terrace, Bottineau, Sheridan, and St. Anthony West as a corridor that needs bicycle and pedestrian improvements.
County maintenance staff have identified that pavement on Marshall will need to be replaced in 3-5 years. The maintenance costs for this corridor are high because of the crumbling (literally) infrastructure, so reconstruction should happen sooner rather than later.
Hennepin County just recently opted not to seek Federal funds in the reconstruction of Marshall St NE (CSAH 23), from 1st Ave NE to St. Anthony Parkway. This reconstruction would have surely included a protected bikeway between 10th Ave NE to 27th Ave NE, seeing as Marshall Street is identified as a future bikeway in the County’s bike plan and it is also designated as a protected bikeway in the City's bike plan.
This is a first in a series of posts to examine potential protected bikeways in Minneapolis to help inform planning efforts. If you would like to write a piece or help write a piece about a protected bikeway you'd like to see in your neighborhood, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As Minneapolis ponders where to align its protected bikeways, I have one proposal that might not be high on the radar but I think should be: Marshall Street NE. Marshall has an industrial feel, especially toward the north, but also runs through the Northeast Arts District and has its share of unique attractions and landmarks.
This past weekend I took a tour of the street from Hennepin Avenue to Saint Anthony Parkway, snapping some photos with my phone (apologies for the quality). Though ugly and rundown in places, the street has plenty of charm and significant potential. To skip to the tour see below. As for now, let my lay out my argument for a protected bike lane on Marshall.