The Grand Rounds system of Minneapolis parkways will become the ground rounds this summer with the advent of five planned projects to grind off existing pavement and lay fresh layers of asphalt.
Two projects began this week. The more ambitious will last five to seven weeks on two sections of E. Minnehaha Parkway, where seven inches of deteriorating pavement will be removed and replaced. The work will happen on both directions where the parkway is median-separated.
The longer segment is between Woodlawn and 38th avenues, but the project also includes a one-block segment between Cedar and Longfellow avenues.
Also starting this week is a shallower milling and repaving on Theodore Wirth Parkway. That includes two short segments, one just north of Plymouth Avenue, and the other several blocks south of Plymouth.
Cedar Lake Parkway will also get a grinding and repaving starting next week. That work is scheduled to stretch from the Kenilworth Trail crossing to the bridge over the Cedar Lake Trail.
Although parkways are owned by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, repaving projects are supervised by the Minneapolis Department of Public Works.