Decorative manhole covers return to Nicollet Mall

Dozens of newly polished unique covers feature Minnesota icons

Nearly 50 of the newly refurbished decorative manhole covers featuring loons, walleye, wild rice, the Lady Slipper and more will be re-installed on Tuesday and Wednesday morning along Nicollet.

A decorative manhole cover.

This continues the final phase of construction that includes the planting of hundreds of trees, the opening of intersections, the addition of outdoor furniture, public art, and new lighting.

“There’s so much art along Nicollet, you’ll literally be stepping on it,” said Don Elwood, Minneapolis director of transportation engineering and planning. “From the decorative manhole covers to the amazing new art from world class artists, Nicollet Mall is home to the City of Minneapolis’s single largest collection of public art.”

The reconstruction of the new Nicollet is on track for substantial completion by the end of November 2017.