France Ave Safety Improvements

The City is partnering with Hennepin County to improve safety along France Avenue from approximately West 54th Street to Highway 62. The improvements are lane configuration changes to reduce illegal passing in the parking lane.

The City is partnering with Hennepin County to improve safety along France Avenue from approximately West 54th Street to Highway 62. The improvements are lane configuration changes to reduce illegal passing in the parking lane.

  • Project Introduction

    7 days ago

    Hennepin County and the City of Edina want to ensure the safety of residents, whether driving, biking or walking. The County, in cooperation with the City, is considering safety improvements along France Avenue (County Road 17) between approximately West 54th Street and Highway 62.

    One of the main safety improvements being considered is a change to the parking lane. Currently, there is a driving and parking lane in each direction of travel. This configuration allows space for vehicles to illegally pass in the parking lane when encountering vehicles turning left. Recently, more than 100 illegal passing occurrences were observed in one day at one location. Residents have asked for changes to improve safety.

    On-street parking counts were also conducted during a 2-week period that included weekdays and weekends. The results showed that the lanes are not frequently used for parking. The highest observed utilization rate was one occurrence of 18% between Halifax Avenue and West 62nd Street. However, the average utilization at this location was 5%. Along the rest of the corridor, parking utilization rates were 10% or less at a majority of the locations with an average of 2%.

    The County and the City agree that the roadway should be re-striped to convert the parking lane to a shoulder, which will provide the following safety benefits:

    1. Remove the ability for drivers to pass illegally on the right side of another vehicle
    2. Add a designated lane for left-turning vehicles
    3. Provide greater separation between pedestrians and vehicles


    With these safety improvements, on-street parking along the corridor would be removed. The County can implement these changes as part of a larger maintenance project this year.

    As the City moves ahead in the future to improve sidewalks, we will make every effort to provide boulevards to further separate pedestrians from vehicles.

    Hennepin County and the City of Edina want to ensure the safety of residents, whether driving, biking or walking. The County, in cooperation with the City, is considering safety improvements along France Avenue (County Road 17) between approximately West 54th Street and Highway 62.

    One of the main safety improvements being considered is a change to the parking lane. Currently, there is a driving and parking lane in each direction of travel. This configuration allows space for vehicles to illegally pass in the parking lane when encountering vehicles turning left. Recently, more than 100 illegal passing occurrences were observed in one day at one location. Residents have asked for changes to improve safety.

    On-street parking counts were also conducted during a 2-week period that included weekdays and weekends. The results showed that the lanes are not frequently used for parking. The highest observed utilization rate was one occurrence of 18% between Halifax Avenue and West 62nd Street. However, the average utilization at this location was 5%. Along the rest of the corridor, parking utilization rates were 10% or less at a majority of the locations with an average of 2%.

    The County and the City agree that the roadway should be re-striped to convert the parking lane to a shoulder, which will provide the following safety benefits:

    1. Remove the ability for drivers to pass illegally on the right side of another vehicle
    2. Add a designated lane for left-turning vehicles
    3. Provide greater separation between pedestrians and vehicles


    With these safety improvements, on-street parking along the corridor would be removed. The County can implement these changes as part of a larger maintenance project this year.

    As the City moves ahead in the future to improve sidewalks, we will make every effort to provide boulevards to further separate pedestrians from vehicles.