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.

  • Staff Recommendation Postponed to November

    18 days ago

    Staff is continuing to review the traffic data collected during the two tests, along with the survey responses. The final report and recommendation will be posted on Better Together in November and will be presented to City Council in December.


    Staff is continuing to review the traffic data collected during the two tests, along with the survey responses. The final report and recommendation will be posted on Better Together in November and will be presented to City Council in December.


  • Test 2 Complete, Survey Closed

    about 1 month ago
    Test 2 concluded last Friday, and the survey has been closed. Thanks to everyone who submitted feedback online or in person!

    Staff will now be reviewing the survey results along with the traffic data collected during the two tests to determine if curb extensions are a viable long-term solution at these intersections. The final report and recommendation will be posted on Better Together when it is completed (late October/early November) and staff will present the report to City Council in November.
    Test 2 concluded last Friday, and the survey has been closed. Thanks to everyone who submitted feedback online or in person!

    Staff will now be reviewing the survey results along with the traffic data collected during the two tests to determine if curb extensions are a viable long-term solution at these intersections. The final report and recommendation will be posted on Better Together when it is completed (late October/early November) and staff will present the report to City Council in November.
  • Test 2 Begins, New Survey Available (Delineators)

    about 2 months ago
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    The temporary delineators have been placed on West 72nd Street for Test 2. This test is meant to evaluate what effects physically narrowing the intersections has on pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

    The survey for Test 2 is available now through Friday, October 4. This survey will collect feedback on the temporary delineators installed at the intersections of Cornelia Drive and Oaklawn Avenue and what effects they have had on pedestrian safety. The survey can be found under the "Surveys" tab or by clicking here.

    The delineators will be in place for 2 weeks (through October 4)...

    The temporary delineators have been placed on West 72nd Street for Test 2. This test is meant to evaluate what effects physically narrowing the intersections has on pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

    The survey for Test 2 is available now through Friday, October 4. This survey will collect feedback on the temporary delineators installed at the intersections of Cornelia Drive and Oaklawn Avenue and what effects they have had on pedestrian safety. The survey can be found under the "Surveys" tab or by clicking here.

    The delineators will be in place for 2 weeks (through October 4) while staff measures the effects and collects public input. Pop-Up Meeting #2 will occur Monday, September 30 from 2-3pm at West 72nd Street and Cornelia Drive. Stop by at anytime during this period to provide feedback or ask questions to City staff.

  • Pop-Up Meeting Follow-Up

    about 2 months ago
    Curb extension examples
    Thanks to all who stopped by W 72nd St and Cornelia Dr yesterday to give feedback on the temporary pavement markings! In addition to feedback, staff received some good questions that we would like to share with others who may be curious, as well.

    Q: What is the purpose of the curb extensions/bump-outs?
    The primary purpose is to improve safety for pedestrians crossing the road. The extensions decrease the distance to cross the road, and therefore reduce the time a pedestrian is in conflict with vehicular traffic. The narrower street width also serves to constrict motor vehicle traffic, causing them...
    Thanks to all who stopped by W 72nd St and Cornelia Dr yesterday to give feedback on the temporary pavement markings! In addition to feedback, staff received some good questions that we would like to share with others who may be curious, as well.

    Q: What is the purpose of the curb extensions/bump-outs?
    The primary purpose is to improve safety for pedestrians crossing the road. The extensions decrease the distance to cross the road, and therefore reduce the time a pedestrian is in conflict with vehicular traffic. The narrower street width also serves to constrict motor vehicle traffic, causing them to slow down when approaching the intersection and evaluate their surroundings for other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.

    Q: As a driver, what should I do when I drive around them?
    To understand the full effect permanent curb extensions would have, consider the delineators as concrete curb and gutter. If a vehicle drives over them or hits them, it would be the same as if it drove over the curb.

    Q: Has the City considered how buses will be able to move through these narrowed intersections?
    The City is seeking feedback from Edina Public Schools Transportation Services, and will be reviewing traffic camera footage of buses and large vehicles moving through the intersections. This feedback and analysis will be included in our final report and considering as part of our final recommendation.

    Q: Are there places in Edina where curb extensions like these have been installed?
    There are 3 locations in Edina where examples of curb extensions can be found:

    If you haven't yet had a chance to complete the online survey, it will be open through the end of the day Friday, October 4. Test 2 will last through Friday, October 4, at which point the delineators will be removed and the intersections will return to their normal condition. Another Pop-Up Meeting will be held Monday, September 30 from 2-3 p.m. at the same location.
  • Test 1 Survey Now Open (Temporary Pavement Markings)

    2 months ago

    The survey for Test 1 of the W 72nd Street Pedestrian Safety Assessment is now available! This survey will collect user feedback on the temporary pavement markings installed at the intersections of Cornelia Drive and Oaklawn Avenue and what effects they have had on pedestrian safety.

    This survey will close on Friday, September 20. It can be found under the "Surveys" tab or by clicking here.

    The survey for Test 1 of the W 72nd Street Pedestrian Safety Assessment is now available! This survey will collect user feedback on the temporary pavement markings installed at the intersections of Cornelia Drive and Oaklawn Avenue and what effects they have had on pedestrian safety.

    This survey will close on Friday, September 20. It can be found under the "Surveys" tab or by clicking here.

  • Test 1 Begins Early

    3 months ago
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    The pavement markings for Test 1 have been installed early on West 72nd Street! For the next few weeks as you travel through these intersections, consider what effect the markings have on the behavior of pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

    Starting Monday, September 9, an online survey will be posted to collect feedback on Test 1. Test 2 (vertical delineators) will follow approximately 2 weeks afterward.


    The pavement markings for Test 1 have been installed early on West 72nd Street! For the next few weeks as you travel through these intersections, consider what effect the markings have on the behavior of pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

    Starting Monday, September 9, an online survey will be posted to collect feedback on Test 1. Test 2 (vertical delineators) will follow approximately 2 weeks afterward.


  • Pedestrian Safety Assessment Update

    3 months ago
    Test 1 graphic
    Test 1 (curb extensions with temporary pavement markings) will begin Friday, August 30 (weather-permitting) and last for approximately 3 weeks. The images below show what these pavement markings will look like at the two intersections:

    A survey will be posted on Better Together September 9-20 to collect resident feedback on Test 1. Specifically, questions will be asked about the impact of the pavement markings from the perspective of pedestrians, cyclists and motorists traveling through the intersections.

    Staff will also hold a Pop-Up Meeting on Monday, September 16 at 2:00 at the intersection of West 72nd Street and Cornelia Drive to...
    Test 1 (curb extensions with temporary pavement markings) will begin Friday, August 30 (weather-permitting) and last for approximately 3 weeks. The images below show what these pavement markings will look like at the two intersections:

    A survey will be posted on Better Together September 9-20 to collect resident feedback on Test 1. Specifically, questions will be asked about the impact of the pavement markings from the perspective of pedestrians, cyclists and motorists traveling through the intersections.

    Staff will also hold a Pop-Up Meeting on Monday, September 16 at 2:00 at the intersection of West 72nd Street and Cornelia Drive to collect feedback and observe the pavement markings in action.

    Stay tuned for more updates as the project progresses. The full schedule is available on the West 72nd Street project home page.
  • West 72nd Street Pedestrian Safety Assessment Update

    5 months 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

    5 months 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

    7 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.