MNDOT Retaining Wall
During the reconstruction of Hiawatha Avenue in the 1990s, a sound wall was installed west of Hiawatha and south of Franklin Avenue. This sound wall provides sound protection from Hiawatha Avenue for the residents of three public housing high-rises, however as constructed, it eliminates development potential for nearly an entire city block along Franklin Avenue just west of Hiawatha. This extends the poor pedestrian environment created by the Hiawatha bridge itself for another block. Through the workshop process, the American Indian community indicated that the wall should be cut back or removed to facilitate development on this site and improve the pedestrian experience. This concept drawing shows how a building could be located to maintain access to the bike path behind the building along Hiawatha. This drawing also depicts the community’s desire to make improvements to the pedestrian environment underneath the Hiawatha bridge.