MARQ2 S. Transit Project

Marquette & Second Avenue South Transit Project (MARQ2)

Marquette & Second Avenue South Transit

PROJECT NAME:    Marquette & Second Avenue South Transit Project (MARQ2)
LOCATION: Minneapolis, MN
CONTRACTOR: Schafer Contracting Co., Inc.
OWNER: City of Minneapolis
CATEGORY: Community Municipal

Quantity of Ready Mix used: 15,000 cubic yards of Cemstone concrete

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The MARQ2 project is a transformation of Marquette and Second Avenues in downtown Minneapolis. The project was funded through an Urban Partnership Agreement (UPA) grant awarded to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) and the Metropolitan Council. The grant, one of five awarded to metropolitan areas in the country, was made to reduce congestion in the Twin Cities.

When fully completed in December 2009, the changes to Marquette and Second Avenue will improve bus capacity and bus travel times in downtown, and will include: two contra-flow bus lanes, two traffic lanes, wide sidewalks, new streetscape and public art, as well as enhanced pedestrian facilities.

The MARQ2 project team initially expected to incorporate asphalt for much of the road surfaces, but selected concrete after an analysis by team members.

"The bid package for MARQ2 was based on completing the general traffic side of the street with full depth asphalt and the transit side of the street with concrete, but included an alternate for an all concrete roadway,” said Bill Fellows P.E., MARQ2 Project Manager for the City of Minneapolis. “We received five bids for the project and, in all cases, the cost of the concrete was within 5% of the asphalt option. In addition to being cost competitive, the concrete will be more durable. Moreover, concrete’s aesthetic benefits make it an important element of the overall streetscape design."