West 72nd Street Living Streets Demonstration Project

This project page will host two City projects geographically related, but different in scope.

The first project is the West 72nd Street Roadway Reconfiguration from Lynmar Lane to France Avenue. As part of a preliminary approval for a development project, City Council is requiring the developer to reconstruct that stretch of road.

The second phase of this project will be the West 72nd Street Pedestrian Safety Assessment from Oaklawn Avenue to Cornelia Drive. This phase will occur at a later date. Over the years, staff has received concerns related to pedestrian safety on West 72nd Street at these intersections. Staff would like to better understand the concerns and develop a trial assessment of safety improvements.

For more information on each project, see the updates tab below.

This project page will host two City projects geographically related, but different in scope.

The first project is the West 72nd Street Roadway Reconfiguration from Lynmar Lane to France Avenue. As part of a preliminary approval for a development project, City Council is requiring the developer to reconstruct that stretch of road.

The second phase of this project will be the West 72nd Street Pedestrian Safety Assessment from Oaklawn Avenue to Cornelia Drive. This phase will occur at a later date. Over the years, staff has received concerns related to pedestrian safety on West 72nd Street at these intersections. Staff would like to better understand the concerns and develop a trial assessment of safety improvements.

For more information on each project, see the updates tab below.

  • West 72nd Street Pedestrian Safety Assessment Update

    about 1 month ago

    At the June 4 City Council meeting, staff presented the Public Participation Proposal for the West 72nd Street Pedestrian Safety Assessment. The goal of this project will be to determine if intersection improvements are warranted at the intersections of Cornelia Drive and/or Oaklawn Avenue. The project will involve testing temporary curb extensions, measuring changes in vehicle and pedestrian behavior, and collecting public input through online surveys.

    At the June 4 City Council meeting, staff presented the Public Participation Proposal for the West 72nd Street Pedestrian Safety Assessment. The goal of this project will be to determine if intersection improvements are warranted at the intersections of Cornelia Drive and/or Oaklawn Avenue. The project will involve testing temporary curb extensions, measuring changes in vehicle and pedestrian behavior, and collecting public input through online surveys.

  • West 72nd Street Roadway Reconfiguration Update

    about 1 month ago
    At the June 4 City Council meeting, staff presented the Public Engagement Report for the West 72nd Street Roadway Reconfiguration between France Avenue and Lynmar Lane. After the presentation, Council approved the alternative design concept for the roadway, which includes the following components:
    • 24' roadway width
    • Slight horizontal curve
    • No on-street parking
    • Upgrading the existing sidewalk on the north side to a shared-use path
    • Vegetated boulevards with trees and landscaping
    Council also directed staff to work with the developer or Xcel Energy to add street lighting at the intersection of West 72nd Street...
    At the June 4 City Council meeting, staff presented the Public Engagement Report for the West 72nd Street Roadway Reconfiguration between France Avenue and Lynmar Lane. After the presentation, Council approved the alternative design concept for the roadway, which includes the following components:
    • 24' roadway width
    • Slight horizontal curve
    • No on-street parking
    • Upgrading the existing sidewalk on the north side to a shared-use path
    • Vegetated boulevards with trees and landscaping
    Council also directed staff to work with the developer or Xcel Energy to add street lighting at the intersection of West 72nd Street and France Avenue. Reconstruction of the roadway is tentatively scheduled for 2021 or 2022.


  • West 72nd Street Forums Closed

    3 months ago

    The West 72nd Street Living Streets Demonstration Project forums are now closed. Stay tuned for more updates and thank you for all the feedback you have provided.

    The West 72nd Street Living Streets Demonstration Project forums are now closed. Stay tuned for more updates and thank you for all the feedback you have provided.

  • About West 72nd Street Pedestrian Safety Assessment

    4 months ago

    Staff has also received many concerns over the years about pedestrian safety along West 72nd Street at the intersections of Cornelia Drive and Oaklawn Avenue. In order to better understand these concerns, staff would like to work with residents in the South Cornelia neighborhood to develop a trial assessment of safety improvements that could be implemented at these intersections. The City will then implement temporary improvements and solicit neighborhood feedback to assess the impacts on pedestrian safety. This project will be conducted separately from the redevelopment project and will most likely occur in the fall after the school year...

    Staff has also received many concerns over the years about pedestrian safety along West 72nd Street at the intersections of Cornelia Drive and Oaklawn Avenue. In order to better understand these concerns, staff would like to work with residents in the South Cornelia neighborhood to develop a trial assessment of safety improvements that could be implemented at these intersections. The City will then implement temporary improvements and solicit neighborhood feedback to assess the impacts on pedestrian safety. This project will be conducted separately from the redevelopment project and will most likely occur in the fall after the school year begins. The scope and cost of this project will be determined based on feedback received; a funding source for the project has not yet been determined. Construction of long-term improvements based on the results of this assessment could occur within the next 5 years. Check back to this project page for an update on next steps.

    Questions related to this project can be submitted via the Q&A tab.
  • About West 72nd Street Roadway Reconfiguration

    4 months ago
    2019 02 27 72nd st study

    As part of a preliminary approval for a development project at 7200 and 7250 France Avenue, the City Council is requiring the developer to reconstruct West 72nd Street between Lynmar Lane and France Avenue to provide a roadway that better meets the goals of the Living Streets Plan. Living Streets strive to balance the needs of all users in ways that promote safety, enhance community identity, and provide opportunities for active living and better health. Reconstruction of West 72nd Street will only occur if the developer is able to secure financing. If the project proceeds, construction would tentatively...

    As part of a preliminary approval for a development project at 7200 and 7250 France Avenue, the City Council is requiring the developer to reconstruct West 72nd Street between Lynmar Lane and France Avenue to provide a roadway that better meets the goals of the Living Streets Plan. Living Streets strive to balance the needs of all users in ways that promote safety, enhance community identity, and provide opportunities for active living and better health. Reconstruction of West 72nd Street will only occur if the developer is able to secure financing. If the project proceeds, construction would tentatively occur in 2021 or 2022.

    Staff used the Living Streets Plan and comments from the public regarding pedestrian safety and traffic to develop a concept for the reconfigured roadway section. The existing street is a straight segment, approximately 30 feet wide, with a 5-foot sidewalk on the back of the north curb (no boulevard). The draft concept is for a 24-foot wide roadway with a slight horizontal curve. Vehicles typically travel slower on narrow, curved streets compared to straight, wide sections. Based on comments received from the Sunrise Senior Living Facility at 7128 France Avenue, parking will be allowed only on the north side of the street. The existing sidewalk would be replaced with an 8-foot shared-use path with a boulevard. Boulevards create facilities that feel safer for pedestrians and cyclists because they are separated from motorized traffic, and provide opportunities for trees, landscaping and/or treatment of stormwater.

    Questions related to this project can be submitted via the Q&A tab.