Percent of city street length
in fair to excellent condition, 2014
Part of what makes a neighborhood attractive for investment is the quality of its infrastructure. The Minneapolis Department of Public Works maintains data on the pavement quality of city-maintained roadways across the City of Minneapolis.
An analysis of their 2014 data shows that the Upper River is lagging the rest of the riverfront, and indeed the rest of the city overall in the percentage of street length in fair to excellent condition. While the Central Riverfront and Lower Gorge have a pavement quality similar to the rest of the City at around 85 percent fair to excellent condition, only 70 percent of roads in the Upper River are in fair to excellent condition. Some riverfront roadways either haven’t been paved at all, or haven’t been paved in some decades.
One significant reconstruction to be completed in 2015-16 is 26th Avenue North. This important connection between nearby neighborhoods and the riverfront is being rebuilt with greenway amenities.
data updated: December 2014. data source: analysis of Minneapolis Department of Public Works Pavement Condition Index (PCI) data, provided to the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership by the Department of Public Works. Only streets maintained by the City of Minneapolis or Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board included in this analysis. County, state and federal roadways tracked separately.