Snelling Ave. is a busy regional commerce roadway and a vibrant main street serving diverse user groups along the study area. The area includes industrial and office land uses; events at the State Fairgrounds; retail hubs at University, Minnehaha and Selby Avenues; significant transit use at 28 bus stops; and is a major stop for the Light Rail Transit Green Line (Central Corridor).
Neighborhoods and advocacy groups are concerned about traffic impacts as well as pedestrian and bicycle access and safety. The roadway also serves a major intermodal truck transfer facility. The study area serves all modes including automobiles, trucks, transit, bicycles and pedestrians. Accommodating the needs of all of these modes in a balanced manner is the principal challenge of this project.