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Commons Park Right-of-Way Improvements

Designing safety features to improve and enhance pedestrian, bicyclist, and driver experiences

  • Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Minneapolis, Minnesota

Improving a right-of-way makes a new city park even better

Minneapolis’s revitalized Downtown East is growing and changing. This location—home of the new U.S. Bank Stadium—is also home to an expanding high-density residential community. Enjoyed by game day visitors and residents alike, Commons Park is a central feature of this growth, and we designed the infrastructure providing safe and appealing movement within the right-of-way adjacent to the park.

We worked with the City, the design architect for the park, and the adjacent private developers to fast-track the improvements and meet a tight opening deadline for the stadium. Our team designed municipal utility relocations, drainage improvements, curbing, pedestrian bump-outs, sidewalk, signing, striping, and an elevated cycle track.

A highlight of the improvements, the elevated cycle track improves bicycle travel along Portland and Park avenues, connecting riders to the city’s expanding bicycle network. The one-way track, elevated to sidewalk level, is accessed at intersections and reduces conflicts with motor vehicles, yielding a safer, more enjoyable experience for bicyclists and drivers alike.

Workers, visitors, and residents now enjoy improved movement in the area—plus the opportunity to experience Commons Park.

At a Glance

Meet Our Team

Phil Gravel, Principal

A good engineer has the vision to see things comprehensively and the innovation to do things differently.

Tyler McLeete, Associate

My passion is positively impacting the physical world we live in.

Steven Voelker, Associate, Senior Transportation Engineer

Listening to understand our clients’ needs, paying attention to detail, and follow-through are all key in delivering successful projects.
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Phil Gravel


Tyler McLeete


Steven Voelker

Associate, Senior Transportation Engineer

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