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!



Share with us your concerns on the design process for West 58th street reconstruction. 

West 58th Street Project

  • Have you consider tree planting on a more narrow boulevard such as on 54th between Halifax and Minnehaha Blvd?

    estrand asked about 2 months ago

    Good question. Typically the wider the blvd the better the plantings will do. We have planted some blvds with Day Lillie's or other hardy type plants on narrow blvds - 2-3 feet. If trees are planted the minimum width should be 4-ft.

    Thanks - Chad Millner, City Engineer

  • Please come do the estimated measure and lines on 58th east of France like you did west of France. The yard differences are much smaller. Would be helpful to see so that residents know how much driveway is at risk with Alternative A. Come winter, this is critical. Thanks!

    Sunshine asked about 2 months ago

    We have posted an update here with the limits measured east of France. Thank you - Liz Moore

  • Please advise as to the assessment impacts of the different plans. I know you do not know specifics but am assuming that plan c would have a higher assessment for property owners than plan A?

    estrand asked 2 months ago

    Great question. Those are the type of questions we will be better able to answer once we have a concept approved and can begin initial designs. Generally, I don't think there will be a huge difference in assessments because pedestrian and bike facilities are not assessed. The bigger impact to assessments is the change to the street light system. There appears to be strong support for change. I think it would be beneficial to provide estimated assessments with and without lighting so the residents understand the financial impacts.

    Thanks - Chad Millner, City Engineer

  • Hello. I would like to thank you for the continued work with residents as the plan develops. Where/how is the best way to provide feedback on these 3 alternatives outside of the parameters of the online survey?

    Afigarella asked 3 months ago

    Good Afternoon! A feedback form is now available, under surveys, for any additional comments you wish to share with staff. Thank you - Liz Moore

  • Not a question, but additional feedback after reading the engagement report and studying the 3 alternatives (beyond my response to the survey questions). First I am in favor of alternative A as it appears to do the best job of balancing the community's desires with cost and impacts to property. While cement sidewalks are aesthetically pleasing (especially when new), I favor the bituminous shared use path in alternative A for the reasons provided on the bottom of page 10 of the engagement report. Alternatives B and C appear to me to attempt to squeeze too many features in too small of a space, while at the same time representing the greatest impact to property and trees. Any of these alternatives would be a big improvement for the area, but I suspect that over time the community will find alternative A to be the most "livable" of the options. Thanks for soliciting community involvement in the design process!

    LarryFahnoe asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback!

    -Liz Moore

  • Chad, it appears that you, the Edina city staff and the city council decided to ignore impacted residents suggestions, opinions and concerns. None of what was discussed in the focus groups or expressed during the city council meeting was incorporated in the revised plans. Can you explain why you are unresponsive to the needs of those that actually live in areas you are impacting?

    Mdh1985 asked 3 months ago

    Thanks for the continued participation in this project. First, no decisions have been made. Three alternatives have been posted for feedback. We would welcome specific feedback on the areas that you feel we have missed the mark. Second, please make sure to thoroughly read the Public Engagement Report. It specifically details the feedback we received from all participants and how that information was used to create the three alternatives. Lastly, public participation does not mean everyone gets what they want. Please recall we promised that public concerns and aspirations are consistently understood and considered and that we would provide feedback on how public input influenced the decision.

    Thanks, Chad Millner, City Engineer

  • I have two sidewalk questions. I like the idea of a sidewalk but am wondering if the description of a 4 ft boulevard includes the sidewalk or if it is in addition to the sidewalk width. Looking at sidewalks on 54th and 52nd west of France there are many places where the grass boulevard is less than 4 ft and where instead of grass their is a narrow "rumble" strip to indicate the curb... i would prefer a more narrow grass border between the sidewalk and the street or a "rumble" strip. My second question is with the sidewalk installed will the city plow/clear the sidewalk in the winter as it does on the 54th street sidewalk on 54th. Thank you

    estrand asked 4 months ago

    Thanks for the questions. The 4-ft blvd does not include the width of the sidewalk or path. It is additional space for trees, landscaping, snow storage and/or storm water management. In some cases we have to narrow this area as you noted but there is also a benefit of separating walkers and bikers from vehicles in the streets. It is a much better experience when your separated from the cars. Since this is a munipical state aid route, the sidewalk or path will be plowed by city forces. The blvd provides room for snow from both the street and sidewalk or path.

    - Chad Millner, City Engineer

  • Extending sidewalk to Halifax on the south side seem like low hanging fruit to maximize safe options to/from the park. The crossing at the park entrance seems awkward given the path into the park is on the east side of the road yet the cross is proposed on the west side of the entrance. I suspect it has to do with overflow parking on 58th. What is the need/purpose for roundabout entrance at the tennis courts. Couldn't that area serve as overflow parking keep cars off the street and sightlines open.

    schmorris asked 4 months ago

    Thanks for the comments. Please keep in mind the differences of opinions. One item may seem like "low hanging fruit" to some but to others it may not. The initial graphic is the starting point for features such as the crosswalk. We know a crossing is most likely needed at the park but the exact placement will be decided on sight lines and other criteria as analyzed. Your comments about two driveway entrances at the tennis courts is noted. Removing one may lead to other benefits.

    - Chad Millner, City Engineer

  • Will the city of Edina be responsible for snow removal along either a combined pedestrian and bike path, or hopefully a separated sidewalk for pedestrians and bike path?

    Laura asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for the question. Since the sidewalk / shared use path is along a municpal state aid designated street, Edina will be responsible for snow removal.

    - Chad Millner, City Engineer

  • Is the next neighborhood input meeting scheduled yet?

    janeywestin asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for the question. We were most likely not having another large neighborhood meeting. We are currently conducting 4 focus group meetings with individuals that signed up for that participation. The same information that they are discussing at those meetings is available on the website. Please look for the initial design and submit comments there. If your having problems finding the information please contact us.

    - Chad Millner, City Engineer

  • As we wait for construction to begin, is there anything in the works to ensure the safety of those who use the road? Perhaps EPD speed checks at Pamela? Or a concerted effort to keep the area near the curb clear and clean of debris. Bikers and pedestrians need to hug the curb, and the cleaner it is, the easier it is to navigate on foot or on wheels. This road is terribly dangerous and while I’m glad there’s a construction plan in place (or beginning), I’m very concerned that there could be a real tragedy while we wait for improvements.

    ViAnne Hubbell asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for the comments. After winter operations are complete - snow and ice and flood management - the street department begins street sweeping operations. Street sweeping occurs on all streets in Edina to remove debris for both non-motorized users and water quality. Those operations will be starting very soon.

    - Chad Millner, City Engineer

  • Hello. For years now, every time I've biked or walked up or down the very steep hill on 58th between Oaklawn and the north entrance to Pamela Park, I have wondered, "How on earth could a safe sidewalk possibly be engineered for this stretch? Especially in the winter when the afternoon sun doesn't hit it at a helpful angle to melt the inevitable ice build-up. The angle of the slope is probably also not up to ADA standards. I can easily imagine a person in a runaway wheelchair. In my opinion, based on personal experience with that hill, a safe sidewalk is simply not feasible. Here is a possible solution: From the intersection of 58th and Philbrook, have the sidewalk go on the west and then south side of Philbrook all the way over to Wooddale Ave. It is only a short lot depth distance off of 58th, and avoids the steep hill. Put a well marked crosswalk at the intersection of 58th and Philbrook, too.

    janeywestin asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for the question. Winter weather creates challenges for all agencies in regards to ice. Flat sidewalks and roads are challenging when icy. Every facility has dates and times where they probably are not suitable to use. Each user will need to determine when that is. The City will remove snow but during snow melts, water drains onto pavements and if conditions are right, freezes. ADA allows sidewalks to follow the slope of the road. Cross slopes of the sidewalk and landings at intersection are where ADA requirements are required to be met. Image much hilly cities such as Stillwater or Duluth and their sidewalk system. Philbrook was a good suggestion but in most cases, walkers take the shortest route.

    Thanks - Chad Millner 

  • I have a request: please do NOT narrow this road. There are many kids and others who bike to, from and around the park and if this street is narrowed it will make biking very unsafe, like other streets have become that have been narrowed. Wooddale north of 50th is a prime example of a very unsafe road AND it’s a designated bike route! This is unacceptable and a huge danger for bicyclists, particularly when there are cars parked. There is simply not enough room for cars and cyclists. I implore the city to stop narrowing streets as they are becoming increasingly dangerous and unfriendly to all forms of transportation. Wider streets allow safe space for all travel and parking which does consistently overflow on to 58th when there are park activities going on. Thank you!

    JJ asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for the comments. It will be considered as we review all the feedback. Maybe you are interested in participating on a focus group. We are looking for volunteers. You can submit your interest on this website but do so soon as we are nearing the next phase of the project.

    Thanks - Chad Millner

  • The mailing said that we could send our feedback via this website if we could not attend the Open House tonight. I don't see any way to give feedback except for this Q&A. How and where do we "provide feedback" about this project?

    EllenS asked 6 months ago

    Hello!

    The on-line map replicates the open house activities that took place this evening. We are looking for individuals to identify the concerns on West 58th Street before designing is started. Consider dropping a pin on the map to identify the concern. If you want to participate in a small group meeting on initial concepts you can do that by filling out the "poll" tab. Feel free to reach out if you have more questions. 

    -MJ Lamon, Community Engagement Coordinator 

  • Will a stop sign be added at the 58th street Pamela Park entrance? And will sidewalks be added for this entire stretch of street? With the increased use of Pamela Park and the increase in young children living in Chowen Park, a focus on pedestrian and bicycle safety along this entire stretch would be greatly appreciated.

    mmringle asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for the question. The Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan recommends both pedestrian and bicycle facilities along 58th Street from Wooddale to Xerxes. Whether those are separate or combined facilities will be determined by the values heard from the public. Stop sign implementation is guided by specific standards or warrants. It may be considered depending on what issue it is trying to solve. It may not be the best tool for the issue of concern.

    Thanks - Chad Millner

  • Will on street parking be eliminated similar to 58th street on the west side of Wooddale?

    Linzm4483 asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for the question. We don't know yet. It depends what is valued for facilities along 58th Street. We hope to gather a lot more information tonight at the Open House from 6 to 8 pm at Public Works. Currently parking is not allowed between France and Xerxes. I think occasionally cars are parked between Wooddale and France although it technically may not be wide enough. 

    Thanks - Chad Millner 

  • Other than stop signs and speed bumps, how can you slow down traffic on 58th Street? The hill is a problem for speed and sight lines for drivers and residents.

    sue asked 6 months ago

    Great question. Structural changes to make the street feel narrower have been successful to slow vehicles. Examples of structural changes are narrower lane widths, planting trees close to the edge of the road, neck down the width of the road at intersections, anything that makes the driver feel more confined has been shown to slow vehicles.

    Thanks - Chad Millner

  • Hopefully there is a sidewalk along this entire stretch of road. Any idea on the heavily traveled roadway between France and Wooddale will the sidewalk be on the N or S side of 58th?

    timhoneill asked 6 months ago

    The Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan recommends both pedestrian and bicycle facilities along 58th Street. Whether those are separate or combined facilities will be determined by the values heard from the public. The location of those has yet to be determined and will be part of the process that is just getting started.

    Thanks - Chad Millner

  • Are potential stop signs and/or speed bumps with the scope of this project?

    colinfp asked 6 months ago

    Since this street is designated as a Municipal State Aid (MSA) street, speed bumps are not allowed per state standards. Stop signs could be an option but it would depend on where they are requested and if they meet warrants to install a stop sign. It would also need to meet MSA standards.

    Thanks - Chad Millner

  • What time is the meeting on 2/25?

    tkopiec1 asked 7 months ago

    The meeting will be held from 6-8 P.M. at the Pamela Park Warming House. *Update: The meeting location has changed and will now be held at the City of Edina Public Works Facility.

  • Have adjacent property owners adjacent to 58th st been notified? Will any or all proposals require taking land from adjacent owners?

    Frenkel asked 7 months ago

    Yes. A mailing has been sent out to them and a wider project area. We don't know if any of the proposals will need space outside of the right-of-way until we better understand what is valued along 58th Street. It depends what is valued by the public such as sidewalks, parking, bike facilities, storm water management, etc. After we understand those things, we can develop concepts for discussion.

    Thanks - Chad Millner

  • Will the street be widened? By how much?

    Chrisb asked 7 months ago

    We don't know yet. We want to better understand what is valued such as sidewalks, parking, bike facilities. After we have a better understanding of what is valued, we will create draft street layouts. Those layouts will be able to better answer your question.