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New I-35W Entrance Ramp in Downtown Minneapolis Opens Nov. 22

Campus Run Impacts Parking Saturday, Nov. 29

Fairgrounds Lot Lighting Outage Planned Nov. 27-28

Washington Ave. Ramp Exit Under Construction

Student Parking Contract Lottery Open Until November 24

Plan Ahead For Reduced Transit Service on Friday After Thanksgiving

Parking, Transportation Options for Vikings Game Days at the U

 

Big Ten/Midwestern Universities Transportation
and Parking Conference Hits Minneapolis in 2015!

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April 27-29, 2015
Hosted by Parking and Transportation Services,
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus
(Transit, alternative transportation, parking and fleet management)
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More information can be found at www.z.umn.edu/SeeUs

 

New I-35W Entrance Ramp in Downtown Minneapolis Opens Nov. 22
Posted: 11/21/14

Downtown Minneapolis motorists will soon have another way to access northbound Interstate 35W when the newly constructed Fourth Street South entrance ramp opens to traffic this weekend. Weather permitting, the ramp will open tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 22

The new ramp will allow traffic traveling eastbound on Fourth Street South to access northbound I-35W. Having the additional ramp will:

See map.

“This new onramp is going to help many drivers who’ve had no choice but to inch along in a long line of cars on Washington Avenue to get onto northbound I-35W,” said Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges. “We’ve worked with our partners for years to add this new ramp, which will not only help cut daily commute times for many drivers, but will also reduce the traffic impacts of major downtown events on bicyclists, pedestrians, and nearby neighborhoods.”

“This project allows better traffic flow, which means better connections for our communities and institutions like the University of Minnesota,” said Council Member Kevin Reich, who chairs the City of Minneapolis Transportation and Public Works Committee.

“This project will pull traffic bound for 35W off Washington Ave, making it a friendlier thoroughfare for local traffic using cars, bikes, and sidewalks,” said Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin. “This project is a great example of the county, city and state working together to benefit all commuters.”

Congestion through northeast Minneapolis also will improve with fewer downtown drivers venturing east across the Mississippi River to access northbound I-35W.

In addition to the new ramp, the project will add a new auxiliary lane on northbound I-35W between University Avenue Southeast and the Johnson Street exit, which will help improve traffic flow on northbound I-35W through northeast Minneapolis.

The ramp and auxiliary lane are the focal points of a larger project on I-35W in Minneapolis that also includes:

The entire project aims to increase the reliability and efficiency or Minnesota’s transportation system. Motorists will experience shorter travel times and cost savings through reduced fuel use.

I-35W construction work began in late May. Along with the opening of the onramp, crews will finish the majority of the project by the end of this month.

Northbound I-35W will remain open to three lanes between Fourth Street Southeast and the Hennepin Avenue exit through the winter. Northbound I-35W between Hennepin Avenue and the Johnson Street exit will be open to three lanes and the additional auxiliary lane by early December.

Work will resume in spring 2015 when temperatures are warmer to finish concrete paving and construction of the median barrier between Fourth Street Southeast and Eighth Street Southeast. Northbound I-35W will then open to its final traffic configuration of three through lanes and the new auxiliary lane.

The project is a collaborative effort of Hennepin County, the city of Minneapolis and MnDOT. Shafer Contracting Co. is the prime contractor.

For more information or to sign up for email project updates, visit http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i35wandfourthst/index.html  

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Campus Run Impacts Parking Saturday, Nov. 29
Posted: 11/19/14

On Saturday, November 29, the Moustache Run 10 Mile and 1/2 Marathon will be coming through campus along East River Parkway. 

This event may cause some temporary access delays for those coming to campus on that Saturday morning.

From 8:30 - 10:30 a.m., East River Parkway will operate with just one lane; officers will have radios and flag the section of East River Parkway between Delaware (the Weisman Loop Road) and the East River Road Garage as a two-way section to provide access to the East River Road Garage.

The Weekend Circulator is not running due to the holiday.

Portions of Moustache Run proceeds go directly to organizations dedicated to prostate cancer research and support in the local community. For more information on the event, visit  https://josh-mohr.squarespace.com/run/.

If you have any questions regarding traffic or parking, please email parking@umn.edu.

Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation.

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Fairgrounds Lot Lighting Outage Planned Nov. 27-28
Posted: 11/19/14

On Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28, there will be NO LIGHTING in Lot SC108 (the State Fairgrounds parking lot).

Contract parkers have been emailed alternative parking options for these two days.

Public parkers are strongly encouraged you to take advantage of the free and convenient Police Department’s Security Monitor Escort Service during this time. Call 612-624-WALK if you need an escort to accompany you.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call PTS at 612-626-PARK. Thank you.

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Washington Ave. Ramp Exit Under Construction
Posted: 11/19/14

Work will begin soon to add additional exit lanes at the Washington Avenue Ramp (Harvard Street SE).  Drivers will see concrete-pouring activities on the right (south) side of the current three exit lanes.

See a drawing of the new exit.

During this construction phase, you can continue to exit as you have been doing. At least two of the three current lanes will remain available at all times.

The contract-only exit onto Beacon Street will not be affected and will remain open.

Completion of the concrete portion of the project is expected by the end of November.  The equipment will be installed around mid-January.

Signs will be posted.

As with all construction projects, this is weather dependent (plans may be delayed or extended if necessary).

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Student Parking Contract Lottery Open Until November 24
Posted: 11/03/14

Enter the Student Parking Contract Lottery for a chance to secure a campus parking spot for spring semester. The deadline for entering is Monday, November 24 at 11:59 p.m.

When you sign up for the lottery, you’ll be entered in a random drawing that allows selected students to purchase a contract for a guaranteed parking space in a designated facility. It’s important to remember that entering the lottery does not guarantee a parking contract, and contracts purchased through the lottery are valid for only one semester.

The first Student Parking Contract Lottery drawing will take place on Tuesday, November 25 and students who are selected will only have a limited amount of time to respond.

The last drawing will take place on Tuesday, December 2, so watch your e-mail. Go to http://parklot.umn.edu for complete details.

If you have a valid state-issued disability permit, do not enter the lottery. Please contact the Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) customer service desk at 612-626-7275 or e-mail parklot@umn.edu before Tuesday, December 2 for assistance.

Graduate students can renew their parking contract online for spring semester. The deadline to renew is 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, November 19.

Anyone with additional questions should call PTS customer service at 612-626-7275 or e-mail parklot@umn.edu.

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Plan Ahead For Reduced Transit Service on Friday After Thanksgiving
Posted: 10/21/14

Many companies are closed on the day after Thanksgiving. To accommodate this decrease in demand from customers, Metro Transit will reduce the level of service offered on Friday, November 28. Many routes will follow Saturday schedules; some routes will not operate.

A list of revised service for Metro Transit and suburban transit providers will appear in the next print edition of Connect, available on buses and trains on November 14. You can also visit metrotransit.org in early November for more details about reduced service on the day after Thanksgiving.

On Thanksgiving Day, Metro Transit buses and METRO lines will follow Holiday schedules. Northstar trains do not operate that day.

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Parking, Transportation Options for Vikings Game Days at the U
Posted 7/9/14

This fall, the Minnesota Vikings will play football inside TCF Bank Stadium while the new Vikings stadium is built.

With more than 50,000 fans expected, the campus will be filled with excitement. Planning ahead offers the best campus travel experience possible. 

Options include the METRO Green Line Light Rail, Park ’n’ Rides and online pre-paid parking.

Learn more about parking & transportation for Vikings games at z.umn.edu/vikings

 

A FEW PARKING TIPS

1- Arrive early and stay late! Parking facilities open 6 hours before the start of game, but not before 7 am and close four hours after the game, or at midnight, whichever is earlier.
2- Park on the St. Paul campus! It is a great option for anyone living on the east side of the Cities.  Free football shuttles run from Lot S 108 (near the State Fairgrounds) right to the stadium (note: due to the Minnesota State Fair, lot S108 is unavailable for August games - a different option for those two pre-season games is to park in the Gortner Avenue Ramp and take the fan shuttle to the stadium).

BUY PRE-PAID PARKING

For ease and convenience, buy your season parking pass online. Single game parking passes will be available online later in August – see the Website for details.

z.umn.edu/vikings

DAY-OF –GAME PARKING (Single Game)

Single game parking (CASH ONLY) is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Options include:
- 4th St. Ramp – East Bank, 1625 4th St. SE, Minneapolis – $20 (no tailgating)
- Oak St. Ramp – East Bank, 401 Oak St. SE, Minneapolis – $20 (no tailgating)
- East River Road Garage – East Bank, 391 East River Parkway, Minneapolis – $10 (no tailgating)
- State Fairgrounds Lot S108 *– St. Paul campus, 1440 Randall Ave., St. Paul – $20 (tailgating)
*note that due to the Minnesota State Fair, lot S108 is unavailable for August 8 and 16 pre-season games. A different option for those two pre-season games is to park in the Gortner Avenue Ramp and take the fan shuttle to the stadium.

Find out more about tailgating rules, alternative transportation options and more.

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