West 58th Street Reconstruction

The 58th Street Reconstruction project will be between Wooddale Ave and Xerxes Ave.

The City of Edina seeks feedback on the design of West 58th Street from Wooddale Avenue to Xerxes Avenue. This area is tentatively scheduled for reconstruction in 2020. We want to design this area to make everyone feel comfortable walking, biking and driving. In order to achieve this, we are gathering concerns, questions and suggestions about the project area.

Over the next several months, we will ask for feedback and would like you to participate however you feel comfortable. This site is designed to keep you involved and informed. Please feel free to ask questions related to the design at any time through the Q&A tab. Any concerns related to construction will be addressed at a later date. We look forward to hearing from all of you and thank you for your time!



The City of Edina seeks feedback on the design of West 58th Street from Wooddale Avenue to Xerxes Avenue. This area is tentatively scheduled for reconstruction in 2020. We want to design this area to make everyone feel comfortable walking, biking and driving. In order to achieve this, we are gathering concerns, questions and suggestions about the project area.

Over the next several months, we will ask for feedback and would like you to participate however you feel comfortable. This site is designed to keep you involved and informed. Please feel free to ask questions related to the design at any time through the Q&A tab. Any concerns related to construction will be addressed at a later date. We look forward to hearing from all of you and thank you for your time!



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    Overwhelmingly residents commented at the Open House that sidewalk(s) were needed as a means for recreation and especially for children traveling to school. Many residents feel it is unsafe to travel along 58th as a pedestrian, especially for young children, and that crossings are lacking and/or dangerous.

    Many commenters identified high traffic speeds and poor sightlines as a reason for the danger. Most respondents felt that a high priority should be a crossing into Pamela Park.

    There were residents who were opposed to sidewalks or preferred that the City explore a scenario...

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    Overwhelmingly residents commented at the Open House that sidewalk(s) were needed as a means for recreation and especially for children traveling to school. Many residents feel it is unsafe to travel along 58th as a pedestrian, especially for young children, and that crossings are lacking and/or dangerous.

    Many commenters identified high traffic speeds and poor sightlines as a reason for the danger. Most respondents felt that a high priority should be a crossing into Pamela Park.

    There were residents who were opposed to sidewalks or preferred that the City explore a scenario with a sidewalk only on one side of the road.

    Of those interested in bike lanes, residents said they were interested in a combined bike and ped lane which should be separated from the road. Many residents felt that the current bike lane is unsafe and mentioned that there have been several bike related crashes. Despite the initiative from the school district to have children bike to school, many parents said they would not allow their children to bike due to lack of safety.

    Some residents were opposed to adding bike lanes and preferred alternatives where bike traffic would be routed to other, less busy streets.

    What we want to know:

    1. Adding separated bike and pedestrian facilities may have negative impacts to certain mature trees, parking, or other interests because it will require the addition of a 4-foot boulevard. Do the impacts outweigh the need?

    2. What side of the street (north or south) makes sense for separated facilities? One side may have more impacts than the other. 

    3. Are there areas where separated sidewalks do not make sense? Please identify.

    4. Are there other options (standard bike lanes, buffered bike lanes) that should be considered other than separated bike and pedestrian facilities? 

    5. Our initial concept has a crossing into Pamela Park. There are several concepts that we are considering which follow the City’s crosswalk policy. What kind of crossing would make users feel the safest when crossing?


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    Many of the comments related to safety were about speed and traffic volume. Residents felt that drivers travel too fast throughout the corridor and there is a need for traffic calming. 

    1. One option may be to narrow the street to 24 feet.  This could create room for the separated shared-use path, and create less impacts to trees, landscaping etc.  Should narrowing the street be an option Edina should consider? 

    Specific areas were called out at the Open House:

    58th and Xerxes has sightline issues.

    1. Would adding a turn lane...

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    Many of the comments related to safety were about speed and traffic volume. Residents felt that drivers travel too fast throughout the corridor and there is a need for traffic calming. 

    1. One option may be to narrow the street to 24 feet.  This could create room for the separated shared-use path, and create less impacts to trees, landscaping etc.  Should narrowing the street be an option Edina should consider? 

    Specific areas were called out at the Open House:

    58th and Xerxes has sightline issues.

    1. Would adding a turn lane at this intersection make sense?

    2. Would adding a turn lane at the intersection of France make sense?

    3. Would adding the separated trail also make sense?

    At 58th and Kellogg pedestrians cannot be seen over the hill.

    1. Would adding the separate trail alleviate this issue?

    58th and Oaklawn needs a stop sign.

    1. This may be a final design decision based on traffic counts. How strongly do you feel a stop sign is needed here on  a scale of 1-10?

    Halifax to Wooddale is a dangerous for children to bike or walk to school. There is poor lighting and the road grade makes it difficult to see.

    1. Does a separate trail alleviate this issue? Does the lighting plan address the safety concerns?
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    Edina heard that communication with residents will need to be a priority for this project as respondents mentioned that it is very important to them and they currently felt uninformed about the impacts of the reconstruction.

    Concerns about the driveways were the most common comment.  People are interested in how they might be impacted and existing challenges such as dangerous slopes or difficulty backing out.

    There were some comments about concern that there would be a loss of parking for residents and their guests and one resident felt that this...

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    Edina heard that communication with residents will need to be a priority for this project as respondents mentioned that it is very important to them and they currently felt uninformed about the impacts of the reconstruction.

    Concerns about the driveways were the most common comment.  People are interested in how they might be impacted and existing challenges such as dangerous slopes or difficulty backing out.

    There were some comments about concern that there would be a loss of parking for residents and their guests and one resident felt that this could be “a negative property impact compared to marginal benefit of additional amenities and traffic.”

    What we want to know:

    1. Each driveway is a unique and may have different solutions.  City staff will work with individual property owners on each driveway and not make the driveway worse.  Any advice for enhancing communications with these individual owners?  Any suggestion or comments on the need for adding a “parking bay” along the street to accommodate on-street parking? 

    2. Edina will also be working with individual property owners whose retaining walls on City property will be affected by construction. There may also be a need for the construction of new retaining walls.  The City will choose between Lannon stone or modular-block standards depending on required heights. If both options meet the construction standard, is there a preference on the material used?



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    Many residents felt that the addition of landscaping could better ensure safety along the corridor but had concerns about construction impacts to the existing trees. There is desire to protect and preserve the existing mature trees as much as possible. Several residents mentioned native plants and trees, and pollinator and butterfly friendly plantings as the preferred type of landscaping.

    What we want to know:

    1. Construction can impact trees, and some will likely be lost.  How should Edina move forward with landscape planning?  Provide options for new plantings?

    2. ...

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    Many residents felt that the addition of landscaping could better ensure safety along the corridor but had concerns about construction impacts to the existing trees. There is desire to protect and preserve the existing mature trees as much as possible. Several residents mentioned native plants and trees, and pollinator and butterfly friendly plantings as the preferred type of landscaping.

    What we want to know:

    1. Construction can impact trees, and some will likely be lost.  How should Edina move forward with landscape planning?  Provide options for new plantings?

    2. Trees can be replaced with other types of plants such as pollinators. Maintenance responsibilities will fall upon the property owner if these plants are located in the boulevard between the road and the path. Would property owners be willing to maintain the replacement plants?


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    Comments regarding lighting were few, however there were comments about the need for better, more attractive lighting that points downward.  See our plan for new lighting. 

    What we want to know:

    1. Should Edina include lighting in these places?  Any other places?

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    Comments regarding lighting were few, however there were comments about the need for better, more attractive lighting that points downward.  See our plan for new lighting. 

    What we want to know:

    1. Should Edina include lighting in these places?  Any other places?

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    The most pressing issue regarding stormwater is around protecting Pamela Park from pollution and invasive species. Residents feels that stormwater systems seem inadequate for heavy rain and that run off goes into the park. In addition to park runoff, residents identified that stormwater collects at corners and runs onto neighboring yards.

    There was interest in whether rain gardens can be installed and if the sidewalk could be constructed with permeable pavers. Private rain gardens are a possibility if property owner is willing to invest and maintain.The risk for the community is...

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    The most pressing issue regarding stormwater is around protecting Pamela Park from pollution and invasive species. Residents feels that stormwater systems seem inadequate for heavy rain and that run off goes into the park. In addition to park runoff, residents identified that stormwater collects at corners and runs onto neighboring yards.

    There was interest in whether rain gardens can be installed and if the sidewalk could be constructed with permeable pavers. Private rain gardens are a possibility if property owner is willing to invest and maintain.The risk for the community is unmaintained rain gardens. 

    1. Are property owners interested in installing and maintaining rain gardens that will assist with the stormwater issue.

    Sedimentary structures designed to catch grit and runoff before it reaches bodies of water reducing the likelihood of rising water levels.

    Infiltration pipes that collect and store storm water then slowly releases it in a controlled manner.

    Tree trenches in wide boulevards. This option involves the use of drain tile structures that move water into basins around tree’s root systems. Once a basin fills, the water flows into the next tree’s basin. Water is then slowly soaked into the ground or sucked up by the tree.

    1. How do these stormwater options sound? Are there other options Edina should consider?

    Residents have wondered how snow storage and/or removal will be dealt with, and if snow removal along sidewalks would be the homeowners' responsibility

    1. Edina has a policy that all Municipal State Aid pedestrian facilities will be plowed by the city. Do property owners foresee any issues with the City maintaining the new pedestrian facilities?



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    There were comments about turtle safety and a request for a turtle crossing sign, given the propensity of turtles to breed at Pamela Park. Options exist for turtle crossing signs at areas where bodies of water are near the street. A turtle tunnel may also be possible as the City considers all other infrastructure options.

    What we want to know:

    1. How important is it that the City address an option for turtles to access bodies of water?


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    There were comments about turtle safety and a request for a turtle crossing sign, given the propensity of turtles to breed at Pamela Park. Options exist for turtle crossing signs at areas where bodies of water are near the street. A turtle tunnel may also be possible as the City considers all other infrastructure options.

    What we want to know:

    1. How important is it that the City address an option for turtles to access bodies of water?


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    Most people did not comment on Bus Transit or access. The need for benches as well as places for trash and/or cigarettes was identified. One commenter was opposed to bus routes or anything that would increase traffic along 58th. The city does not have any direct say in Bus Transit facilities. The city will be reaching out to Metro Transit and ask about specific intersection needs.

    *No action requested from residents on Bus Transit.


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    Most people did not comment on Bus Transit or access. The need for benches as well as places for trash and/or cigarettes was identified. One commenter was opposed to bus routes or anything that would increase traffic along 58th. The city does not have any direct say in Bus Transit facilities. The city will be reaching out to Metro Transit and ask about specific intersection needs.

    *No action requested from residents on Bus Transit.


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