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Twin Cities Campus Construction Updates

Just a reminder of the upcoming week-long closure of the Washington Avenue Bridge as crews install the rails for the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit line. The Bridge will close to all vehicle traffic at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, August 20 and will reopen by 6:00 a.m. on Monday, August 27. Detour routes will be posted and the pedestrian level of the Bridge will remain open.

With the start of the school year fast approaching, a number of road and sidewalk closures are scheduled in the coming weeks as crews work to complete projects before the start of fall semester. Detour routes will be posted for all closures, and drivers, bike riders, pedestrians and bus riders should plan accordingly.

  • Pleasant Street will close this weekend between Pillsbury Drive and Arlington Street to allow for the extension of a storm sewer associated with the Northrop renovation. The work will require both sidewalk and street closures and will begin this evening (Friday) at 6:00 p.m. The street and sidewalk will be open by Monday, August 13.
  • On Monday, August 13, a short section of the Scholars Walk between Union Street and the Mechanical Engineering entrance will close for work related to the new Physics Nanotechnology Building. The section of Scholars Walk will open again on Friday, August 31.
  • Beacon Street will close between Harvard and Walnut Streets on Wednesday, August 15 as crews remove the two tower cranes in place at the Rec Center Expansion construction site. Beacon Street will open again on Friday, August 24. Pedestrians on the Scholars Walk will periodically be asked to wait or use other routes when material is lifted over the Scholars Walk.
  • The Washington Avenue Bridge will be closed to all vehicle traffic from Monday, August 20 through Sunday, August 26 as crews work 24/7 to install the rails for the Central Corridor LRT line. The pedestrian level of the Bridge will remain open.
  • A variety of sidewalk closures will affect pedestrians, particularly on the south side of Washington Avenue in front of Coffman Union, Hasselmo Hall, and Weaver Densford Hall. The Central Corridor Project Office has made sidewalk reconstruction a top priority with the goal of having as many sidewalks as possible open for the start of fall semester.

Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation during these closures.

East River Parkway will close to traffic on Wednesday, July 25 for major storm sewer work related to the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit line. The closure will occur under the Washington Avenue Bridge and is expected to last until mid-August. Traffic traveling east-bound across the Washington Avenue Bridge will still exit around the Weisman, but all traffic will be routed south on East River Parkway. There will continue to be access to the Weisman Parking Garage and the STSS loading dock area.

With East River Parkway closed, traveling north and south across campus will be a challenge. Central Corridor crews hope to have the intersection of Harvard Street and Washington Avenue open by the end of the week, which may help ease some congestion. A detailed detour map (PDF) is available at the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit website.

The closure will also affect both campus and MTC bus routes and stops. Please be attentive to rider alerts posted at stops and on buses and visit the Metro Transit website.

Thanks for your continued patience.

The full closure of East River Parkway under the Washington Avenue Bridge has been postponed until the week of July 23. See the July 14-20 construction update (PDF) from the Metropolitan Council for complete information on upcoming construction.

East River Parkway will close to traffic during the week of July 9 for major storm sewer work related to the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit line. The closure is expected to last about four weeks, and East River Parkway is scheduled to reopen in mid-August.

The closure will occur under the Washington Avenue Bridge. Traffic traveling east-bound across the Washington Avenue Bridge will still exit around the Weisman, but will not be allowed to go north on East River Parkway. There will continue to be access to the Weisman Parking Garage and the STSS loading dock area.

With East River Parkway closed, and with work continuing at the intersections of Harvard Street and Washington Avenue, and Huron Boulevard and Washington Avenue, traveling north and south across campus will be a challenge. Drivers should expect delays and allow for additional travel times.

Please go the Central Corridor website for complete information related to the closure including bus detours.

As I retire from service as the Vice President of University Services, this will be my last campus-wide e-mail regarding construction updates and road closures. Future e-mails regarding Central Corridor Light Rail Transit line construction and road closures will arrive from Bob Baker, Executive Director of Parking and Transportation Services. Be sure to look for those messages.

Traffic on and around the Minneapolis campus will be impacted the next two weekends as the Washington Avenue Bridge closes for work related to the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit line.

The vehicle level of the Washington Avenue Bridge will be closed in both directions from 8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 8 until 5:00 a.m. on Monday, June 11. The Bridge will also be closed from Friday, June 15 to Monday, June 18. Construction activities are expected during both day and night time hours.

During the closure, the bus stops at Blegen and Willey Halls will be closed and transit users will be directed to the 19th Avenue/Washington Avenue bus stop near Mondale Hall. The south side of the pedestrian and bicycle level of the Washington Avenue Bridge will remain open during the work.

After the bridge work is complete, the University community will see some noteworthy changes on the West Bank and across the River. By mid-June, traffic will shift on the West Bank and a single lane in each direction will be open on the Washington Avenue Bridge. Also by mid-June, the north side of the pedestrian and bicycle level of the Washington Avenue Bridge will re-open and the ramp from northbound I-35W to Washington Avenue will re-open to traffic.

For complete information on the project and to sign up for weekly updates, visit the Central Corridor website.

Beginning Tuesday, May 22, the left lane of Fourth Street SE will close between 17th and 19th Avenue as crews perform utility work related to the new 4th Street Housing and Dining Facility. The lane will remain closed until mid-August, but is scheduled to reopen before the start of Fall Semester. The southern sidewalk will also be closed and pedestrians will be asked to use the north sidewalk during the project.

Drivers are encouraged to plan ahead and use alternate routes if possible. Whether driving, walking, or biking in the area, please use caution.

I appreciate your continued patience and understanding.

May 14 road closures

With the end of Spring Semester, work on the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit line by Metropolitan Council construction crews will increase significantly. Drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists will be impacted both on and around campus and should plan ahead to avoid major delays. On Monday, May 14, two major detours will go into effect.

First, the southbound lane of East River Parkway will close under the Washington Avenue Bridge for construction of a storm sewer line. During the southbound closure, the pedestrian and bicycle path on the west side of the Parkway will also close. While the northbound lane will remain open for now, East River Parkway will close completely in mid-July and all traffic will be detoured. We will send additional information on the full-closure as the date approaches.

On the east side of campus, Huron Boulevard and the Washington Avenue Triangle will also close to traffic on Monday, May 14. That busy area will remain closed until late August and detour routes will be posted.

The map below shows the affected areas of campus. For complete information and for weekly updates on the construction progress, visit the Central Corridor website.

Thank you for your continued patience during construction.

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Two road closures will significantly impact the University of Minnesota campus over the next two weeks. Drivers should be aware of the closures and detours, and allow for extra travel time.

Huron Boulevard Ramp from westbound I-94

The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced this week that the ramp from westbound I-94 to Huron Boulevard will close from Sunday, April 22 until Wednesday, May 2. Motorists who travel westbound on Interstate 94 from St. Paul and access the University of Minnesota via Huron Boulevard should expect significant delays.

Signs will be posted indicating the official project detour. People familiar with the area should explore alternate routes if possible. The official detour will direct motorists to do the following:

  1. Continue westbound on I-94 past the Huron Boulevard exit
  2. Exit at Riverside Avenue
  3. Go south on Riverside
  4. Go east I-94 east
  5. Exit at Huron Boulevard

The work is part of the Minnesota Department of Transportation's on-going freeway improvement project between downtowns Minneapolis and St. Paul. For more project information, visit the Minnesota Department of Transportation website.

17th Avenue between University Avenue and 4th Street

17th Avenue between University Avenue and 4th Street will close from Monday, April 23 until Thursday, April 26. The closure is necessary as crews install a tower crane for the construction of the Fourth Street Housing and Dining Facility. Oak Street is the official detour during the closure of 17th Avenue.

Thank you for your continued patience and for driving safely in all construction areas.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced that the exit ramp from eastbound I-94 to Huron Boulevard will be closed from 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 7 until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 9. Students, faculty, staff and visitors who typically arrive at the University via Huron Boulevard from eastbound I-94 are encouraged to consider alternate routes or plan additional travel time.

During the ramp closure, the official detour will direct motorists to:

  • continue eastbound on I-94
    exit on Cretin Avenue/Vandalia Street
    access westbound I-94
    exit on Huron Boulevard

In addition to the official detour route, drivers may want to consider other detour possibilities including:

  • north on I-35W
    exit on University Avenue
  • east on I-94
    north on Highway 280
    exit on University Avenue
  • through downtown Minneapolis
    east on 4th Street across the Washington Avenue Bridge

The ramp closure is needed for noise wall installation that is part of the Minnesota Department of Transportation's on-going freeway improvement project between downtowns Minneapolis and St. Paul. For more project information, visit the Minnesota Department of Transportation website.