University of Minnesota
Construction Updates

Twin Cities Campus Construction Updates

This weekend, a variety of projects will result in road closures and congestion on and around campus.

The Washington Avenue Bridge will close to vehicle traffic on Friday night as Central Corridor Light Rail Transit crews make the changes needed to move vehicle traffic from the north side of the bridge to the south side. The Bridge will close to vehicle traffic on Friday, November 18 at 10:00 p.m. and will reopen on Monday, November 21 at 5:00 a.m. Detours will be posted and motorists on campus this weekend are urged to plan ahead.

Once the work is complete, traffic will travel on the south side of the bridge and work will begin on the north side. Traffic will remain one-lane in each direction, and West Bank bus stops by Blegen and Willey Halls will be relocated to accommodate the change.

The pedestrian level of the Bridge will remain open during the vehicle-level closure this weekend. After the switch is complete on the vehicle level, pedestrian access will likewise switch from the north side of the pedestrian level to the south side. Please visit the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit website for complete information.

In addition to the Bridge closure, two projects on Pleasant Street are also expected to cause delays.

On Saturday, CCLRT crews will begin the installation of temporary traffic signal poles at the intersection of Pleasant Street and Pillsbury Avenue. All streets will remain open, but congestion and some sidewalk detours are expected. The new traffic signal is expected to be operational in late December or early January.

Also on Saturday, CenterPoint Energy will install a natural gas line for temporary heating of Northrop. The work will take place just north of the intersection of Pleasant and Arlington Streets and should be complete by the end of the day on Saturday. Once again, the street will remain open but congestion is expected.

Thank you for your patience during the on-going construction.