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Construction projects to impact traffic on and around University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis

East River Road to close to through traffic

Contacts: Tim Busse, University Services,, (612) 624-2863 or (952) 217-5094
Patty Mattern, University News Service,, (612) 624-2801

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (07/02/2010) —People visiting the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis should be aware of a number of construction and utility projects that will impact traffic on and around campus. On Tuesday July 6, East River Road will close to through-traffic from just north of Arlington Avenue to the area under the Washington Avenue Bridge to make room for construction and utility projects. The bike and pedestrian path on the west side of East River Road will also close and the work is expected to add to the traffic congestion and delays across campus. Download a map here

The closure is necessary to accommodate construction and utility work by three different agencies. The work includes the installation of an electrical duct bank and storm sewer by the University of Minnesota, advanced traffic improvements associated with the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit line, and stabilization of the Mississippi River Bank by the Minneapolis Park Board.

The work is the first phase in a series of projects that are expected to extend into Fall Semester. While East River Road will be closed to through-traffic, there will be access to the East River Road Garage, the Weisman Garage and the Mississippi River Flats. Detour and warning signs will be posted.

In addition to the closure to through-traffic, East River Road will be reduced to one lane west of Harvard Street by the hospital loading dock area. Two-way traffic will be allowed, but drivers will be asked to take turns through the area. The lane reduction is expected to last two weeks.

In all construction zones on and around campus, please keep safety in mind.

Stay Out of Construction Areas: Orange construction fencing, barrels and barriers are there for your safety. Please obey them. The potential for injury isn't worth the few minutes you'll save cutting through a construction site.

Slow Down:
On your bike or in your car, please slow down in construction areas. Keep an eye out for workers, vehicles and equipment.

Stay Alert: Whether walking, driving or biking in construction areas, pay attention. Hang up your phone, turn off your iPod, and be fully aware of the conditions around you.

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