Lyndale Avenue

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Lyndale Avenue
Section 1
South end: I-35 in Faribault
MN 60 in Faribault
North end: Bagley Avenue and Shieldsville Boulevard in Faribault
Section 2
South end: Minnesota River in Bloomington

I-35W / MN 62 in Minneapolis , Richfield

MN 121 in Minneapolis

I-94 in Minneapolis

MN 55 in Minneapolis
North end: 57th Avenue North in Brooklyn Center

Lyndale Avenue is a major street in Minneapolis, Brooklyn Center, Richfield, and Bloomington, Minnesota, in the United States. A noncontinuous portion exists in Faribault, part of Highway 21. There are several commercial districts along it, including Lyn-Lake in South Minneapolis, Shops at Lyndale in Richfield, and the Oxboro area in Bloomington. Portions of both Interstate 94 and Interstate 35 run on the right-of-way of Lyndale Avenue.

Description of route[edit]

In Faribault, Lyndale Avenue is a divided four-lane highway with a 45 mph speed limit. Between Faribault and the Minnesota River, Lyndale Avenue has been replaced by Interstate 35. North of the river, the old Lyndale Avenue resumes in Bloomington. At the south edge of Bloomington, it is a 2-lane road, until 106th Street West. Through most of Bloomington and Richfield, it is an undivided four-lane city street. There are major commercial districts at 98th Street, American Boulevard, 77th Street (Kensington Park and Shops at Lyndale), and 66th Street (Woodlake Center). Shortly after entering Minneapolis, the street becomes a one-way, to connect with Minnesota State Highway 121, a freeway spur connecting Lyndale Ave and Interstate 35W. After their junction at 56th Street West, the road becomes a divided two-lane roadway across Minnehaha Creek and north toward Uptown. Near the intersection with Lake Street, it becomes a four-lane again, a major commercial street which remains continuous until the Virginia Triangle (the commons with Hennepin Avenue). After the Triangle, Lyndale Avenue splits, with matching one-ways on either side of Interstate 94. They join at Plymouth Avenue. The street remains four lanes until Broadway. The two-lane road ends at 57th Avenue North in Brooklyn Center, near the junction of I-94 and Interstate 694.


The street was historically a rural route from Minneapolis to Faribault, though most of that route has since been replaced by Interstates 35 and 35W. The Lyndale Avenue name is not signed on these routes. The remaining Lyndale Ave has designations as Hennepin County Road 22 (in Minneapolis) and Minnesota State Highway 21 (in Faribault). Prior to the portion south of Minneapolis being upgraded to a freeway, it was part of Minnesota State Highway 65.[1]

Lyndale Avenue takes its name from Lyndale farm, a 1,400-acre farm owned by Hon. William S. King. The name of the farm was in honor of Mr. King's father, Rev. Lyndon King, an itinerant Methodist minister of northern New York, who was named for Josiah Lyndon, colonial governor of Rhode Island in 1768-1769.[2]