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2012 Transportation News Archive


Campus Shuttle Service Changes For Winter Break
Bus Rides Free For Evening of December 31
Campus Parking Affected By Basketball Game on December 31 
Northrop Garage Lighting Project Starts End of December
17th Avenue Closed January 2-4
Data Maintenance Means PTS Website May Be Down One Weekend
Bike Center Retail/Repair Closes 12/24-1/6
Fall Finals Week Affects Campus Shuttle Service
University of Minnesota Recognized With 2012 Commuter Choice Award
Washington Avenue Bridge Closed Early Morning November 29
Housing Project Closes 17th Avenue Overnight on November 7, 8
Butler, Riverside Intersection Closed October 27-28
Eastbound Riverside Avenue at 24th Avenue S Closed Oct 31-Nov 2
New Bike Routes, Sidewalks Near St. Paul Campus; 11/1 Grand Opening Planned
Riverside Avenue Closes Between 20th, 22nd For One Day - 10/19
CCLRT Work Closes Washington Avenue Bridge Overnight Week of October 15
2012 Homecoming Parade Closes University Avenue; Some Parking Affected
Metro Transit Hosts Open House on Post-Light-Rail Bus Route Plan

Riverside Update! Last Stage of Construction Begins Week of 9/10
More Washington Avenue Bridge Overnight Lane Closures Oct. 2-4
I-94 Lowry Tunnel Closes Overnight Oct. 1, 2 For Cleaning
Sidewalk Closure Starts 9/6 on Northeast Corner of University, 23rd Avenue
U of M Public Parking Facility/Meter/Contract Rates Announced 
Washington Avenue Bridge Overnight Lane Closure Saturday, Sept. 22
Riverside Avenue Scheduled To Close This Spring/Summer
Church St. Garage Automated 8/23; 19th Ave. Ramp Automated 8/24
Bus Stops Temporarily Moved Thursday Evening (8/30)
Westbound I-94 Lane Closures Scheduled For Two Nights This Week
I-35W Ramp Restrictions in Minneapolis Occur Aug. 27-30
Campus Shuttles Run More For Welcome Week
Riverside Update! Southern Access to 19th & 21st Ave. Ramps Shifts Next Week
Minnesota State Fair Affects Campus Aug 23 - Sept 3
Left Lane Closes on Fourth Street
Summer Means Changes For Campus Shuttle Service
Washington Avenue Ramp Goes Automated August 20
Washington Avenue Bridge Closes For One Week In Mid-August
Harvard Street Opens, Beacon Street Closes
19th Avenue, Riverside Intersection Closes Again August 6
East River Parkway Closes July 25; Campus Circulator Impacted
East River Road Garage and University Avenue Ramp Go Automated July 23
1,000th Bicycle 'Zapped' on U of M Campus Last Week 
East River Parkway Closes Completely Under Washington Ave. Bridge
Harvard and Washington Intersection Closes June 4
PTS Communications Team Wins Northern Lights Award
Riverside Avenue Reconstruction Project Re-Routes 5th St. & 19th Ave.
University of Minnesota Bike Center Wins Award of Excellence from International Parking Institute
Transitway Closed July 19-22 For Car Show
East River Road Closes Under Washington Ave Bridge; Huron/Washington Triangle Closes On May 14
Public Meetings Scheduled On Planned Transit Service Changes Along Central Corridor
Eastbound I-94 Four-Day Lane Closure From June 11-14
Light Rail Work Closes Washington Avenue Bridge For Two Weekends
Final Eastbound I-94 Closure Scheduled For June 8-11
Westbound I-94 Reduced to a Single Lane Tonight in Minneapolis
Daytime I-35W Ramp Closure Scheduled For June 1, 4 and 5
Final Westbound I-94 Closure in Minneapolis Scheduled For June 1-4
Gortner Ave. Ramp Automated Apr. 17, Ends Free Night/Sunday Parking in St. Paul
Reminder: Major Weekend Closures Scheduled For Twin Cities Metro
Huron Ramp to Westbound I-94 Closes For Two Hours Tonight (5/15)
I-94/Cedar Avenue Ramp Closure For Four Days Begins May 21
First Westbound I-94 Closure in Minneapolis Scheduled For May 18-21
Major Weekend Closure Scheduled 5/18-21 for Interstates 35E, 94
3rd Street Ramp Project Begins May 14; Full Closure Scheduled May 18-21
Non-Rush Hour I-35W Lane, Shoulder Closures Scheduled May 10-16
Overnight Lane, Ramp Closures on Interstate 35W Occur May 4
West Bank Station Area Tour & Workshop Open To Public
I-94/25th Avenue S. Ramp Closure Begins May 7, Lasts Seven Days
Spring Finals Week Affects Campus Shuttle Service
Second Eastbound I-94 Closure in Minneapolis Rescheduled for May 4-7 (CANCELLED)
Riverside Project Update - Stage 2 Begins Next Week
Riverside Construction Project At 23rd Avenue
Oak Street Ramp Goes Automated On April 10
Northrop Tunnel Between Church Street Garage and Nolte/Williamson Closes
Intersection at Riverside & 19th Avenue Closes April 9
Church Street Pedestrian Crossing Closes April 2
Huron/Washington/Ontario Closures Start Monday, March 12
Campus Construction Season Starts Early With LRT
I-94/Huron Boulevard Ramp Closes April 22 For 10 Days
Roadwork on 4th St. S Between 19th & 20th Avenues This Weekend
Westbound Lane Closure On I-94 Shifts Tonight, April 24
Second Eastbound I-94 Closure in Minneapolis Scheduled For April 27-30
Apr. 29 Campus Criterium Affects Some St. Paul Contract Parkers
Join Us "Behind the Big Wheel" On April 26
17th Avenue Closes On April 23 For Four Days
I-94 Lowry Tunnel Closes Overnight April 16, 17
Sat. 4/14 Campus Event Impacts Parking
East River Parkway Impacted Wednesday, April 11
PTS Online Products Unavailable Weekend of April 14
Eastbound I-94 Closure in Minneapolis Scheduled for April 13-16
Long-term Right Lane Closure on Westbound I-94 Begins Tonight 3/26
Daytime Lane Closures on Eastbound I-94 Scheduled For March 22-23
I-35W/4th Street SE Ramp Closure Begins March 10 For Two Weeks
I-94 Lane Closures Scheduled March 10; Lane Restrictions Re-Scheduled From March 6
I-94 Overnight Lane Closures Scheduled March 5-6
Public Open House On March 6 Gathers Opinions on Light Rail/Bus Impact
3/5 Public Meeting Previews Construction Season About To Begin
Art Museum Garage Goes Automated On Feb. 20
Beacon Street has Lane Restrictions on February 20
Lot 37 Goes Automated On Feb. 2
RFID Currently Available For Bicyclists On Campus
One Block of Washington Avenue Re-Opens Between Oak and Walnut
Northbound I-35W Ramp To Johnson Street Closes December - February
New Parking Meters Accepting Credit Cards Installed Around Campus
Access Along Beacon Street Limited On January 31
Huron Boulevard Lane Closure, Power Outage on Jan. 31


Campus Shuttle Service Changes For Winter Break
Last updated: 11/29/12

The University community should be aware of winter break changes from Friday, December 21 through Monday, January 21. 

SPECIAL NOTE: Typically, campus shuttle buses do not run on official university holidays, but a special schedule has been prepared for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Campus Connectors will run on Sunday, January 20 and Monday, January 21 from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. every 20 minutes.

For more busing details, visit the Busing section.

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Bus Rides Free For Evening of December 31
Last updated: 12/31/12

On Monday, December 31, Twin Cities residents and visitors can ride free from 6 p.m. through the last scheduled trip on bus and rail routes operated by Metro Transit, the Metropolitan Council or Minnesota Valley Transit Authority. The free ride offer is not valid on Northstar.

Miller Lite Free Rides are made possible through a partnership with Metro Transit, Miller Lite and J.J. Taylor Distributing Company. For 16 years, the program has been a popular transportation alternative during St. Patrick’s Day festivities. The program was extended successfully to New Year’s Eve for the first time in 2011 and drew more than 37,000 rides.

Customers are encouraged to plan ahead for a safe ride home. The Hiawatha light-rail line and more than 26 bus routes will offer trips after midnight on December 31. Extra late-night trips leaving downtown on the Hiawatha Line have been added at 2:13 a.m. and 2:57 a.m.

Metro Transit is a service of the Metropolitan Council. Customers boarded Metro Transit buses and trains 81 million times last year.

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Campus Parking Affected By Basketball Game on December 31 
Last updated: 12/19/12

Heads up!  The Gophers men’s basketball team is playing Michigan State at Williams Arena on Monday, December 31 at 1 p.m.

Because of the timing of this basketball game, it may impact the access in and out of contract parking facilities, including 4th Street Ramp, Oak Street Ramp, Washington Avenue Ramp, University Avenue Ramp, Gold Lot, Gopher Lot, Lot 33 and Lot 58. 

Please plan ahead.  Traffic both on the road and inside parking facilities will be heavier on this day.  Exiting times may be longer from some parking facilities.  Please note that basketball games typically last two hours.

Event parking rates will go into effect three hours before the event's scheduled start at various locations, including: 4th Street Ramp, Oak Street Ramp, Washington Avenue Ramp, Gold Lot, Gopher Lot, Victory Lot, Maroon Lot, and Lot 37. Contract space will be saved and event parking sold will be based on availability.

University Avenue Ramp, Lot 33 and Lot 58 have been pre-sold for season ticketholders. Contract space will available.

If you have any questions, please call PTS customer service at 612-626-PARK.

Drivers! During this winter season, please use extra caution.  Look both directions for vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians at all times. Thank you.

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Northrop Garage Lighting Project Starts End of December
Last updated: 12/18/12

Starting on Thursday, December 26, PTS will begin installation of high-efficiency lighting in the Northrop Auditorium Garage.  Work will take place between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.  The goal is to complete this project by Friday, January 18.

Some reserved stalls will need to be re-located for approximately one day.  On Friday, December 28, vehicles parking in reserved stalls #1, 3, 9, and 12 will need to park in another space within the garage (NOT marked reserved). All other reserved stalls are unaffected by the new lighting installation.

This project will improve University energy conservation efforts while still keeping our customer’s personal safety and security as our number one concern. 

If you have any questions regarding your parking, please email parking@umn.edu or call me directly at 612-625-0754.

Please be attentive when driving and walking through work areas.  We thank you for your cooperation during this project.

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17th Avenue Closed January 2-4
Last updated: 12/18/12

17th Avenue between 4th Street and University Avenue is expected to close January 2-4 for the removal of the crane associated with the 4th Street campus housing project. Detour signs will be posted.

Construction project dates are approximate and are subject to change. If weather delays affect this project, it will be re-scheduled for the following week.

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Data Maintenance Means PTS Website May Be Down One Weekend
Last updated: 12/18/12

An annual data center maintenance outage is scheduled for Saturday, January 5 at 6 a.m. This means that the PTS Website may be unavailable at this time. This affects anyone interested in viewing their parking contract waiting list, making a parking reservation, ordering a U-Pass/Metropass, etc.

All affected services are expected to be restored by 6 p.m. on Sunday, January 6.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.

For more information, see data center maintenance.

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Bike Center Retail/Repair Closes 12/24-1/6
Last updated: 12/14/12

The retail and repair services of the Bike Center will be closed for business from 12/24/12 through 1/6/13.

Access to the secure parking and shower and changing facilities will not change and will be available 24/7. An attendant will be on duty throughout the break during morning and afternoon commute times.

Please excuse any inconvenience this may cause, and have a happy and safe winter break!

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Fall Finals Week Affects Campus Shuttle Service
Last updated: 11/29/12

During Finals Week (Thursday, December 13 - Thursday, December 20), University campus shuttles will run as usual on weekdays; Sunday service will not change; and Finals Saturday service will be more frequent than usual.

On Saturday, December 15, campus connectors will run every 15 minutes, instead of every 20 minutes, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. From 10 p.m. until midnight, the connector will run every 20 minutes between the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses.

The East Bank and St. Paul circulators will NOT run on Saturday of finals week.

Good luck on finals from Parking and Transportation Services.

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University of Minnesota Recognized With 2012 Commuter Choice Award
U of M uses technology innovation and one-stop plan for bicycling commuting
Posted: 11/8/12

The University of Minnesota announced today that it has been recognized with a 2012 Commuter Choice Award.

University of Minnesota Parking and Transportation Services received Employer of the Year for earning the top score among employers nominated for an award. Among its accomplishments, the department opened a new bike center that provides bike repair services, a retail store, secure bike parking, shower facilities, classes and an electronic bike trip-planning kiosk. The bike center also is the base for an innovative radio frequency identification system, which permits enrolled bicyclists to earn benefits and biking-related incentives by simply validating their bike trips.

In addition to its bicycling programs, the department has developed a number of services to encourage the use of alternate transportation modes, like U-Pass, Zimride and Zipcar.

Metro Transit and the region’s Transportation Management Organizations (TMOs) – 494 Commuter Services, Anoka County Commute Solutions, Minneapolis Commuter Connection and St. Paul Smart Trips – sponsor the annual Commuter Choice Awards to recognize organizations, employers and individuals for their work to support or promote commuting options, including taking transit, bicycling, carpooling, vanpooling, walking and telecommuting. Winners were recognized at an awards luncheon on Wednesday, November 7 in Columbia Heights.

“Our new bike center and Zap program are our latest commitments to bicycle commuters,” remarked Parking and Transportation Services executive director Bob Baker. “and they won't be our last!”

The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus is the third largest traffic generator in Minnesota. University of Minnesota Parking and Transportation Services is committed to establishing, maintaining and improving a comprehensive transportation system that reduces congestion, eases accessibility and enhances a friendly university community.

photo of award acceptance
Shown accepting the 2012 Commuter Choice Award:
Steve Sanders, Bob Baker, Jacqueline Brudlos, and Bill Stahlmann.

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Washington Avenue Bridge Closed Early Morning November 29
Posted: 11/28/12

Both east and westbound lanes of the Washington Avenue Bridge will be closed from midnight to 6:00 a.m. tonight (early morning of Thursday, November 29).

The purpose of the closure is for installation of cameras on the bridge. Detour routes will be posted as previously and advanced notice signs are already up.

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Housing Project Closes 17th Avenue Overnight on November 7, 8
Posted: 11/5/12

Due to construction with the U of M housing project, 17th Avenue SE between University and 4th Street SE will be closed from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Wednesday, November 7 and Thursday, November 8. The road will be open for regular traffic each morning.

As a heads-up for the near future, roofing work will begin late in November. There will be an increase in asphalt smells during the roofing process. Window installations will continue through December.

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Butler, Riverside Intersection Closed October 27-28
Posted: 10/26/12

The intersection of Butler Place and Riverside Avenue is planned to be closed October 27-28 for mill and overlay.

The westbound I-94 exit at Riverside Avenue will be closed during this work. Please use the Cedar Avenue exit to access the area.

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Eastbound Riverside Avenue at 24th Avenue S Closed Oct 31-Nov 2
Posted: 10/16/12

Eastbound Riverside Avenue at the former 24th Avenue S (University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital emergency entrance) is planned to be closed October 31 through November 2 for a utility connection.

Westbound Riverside Avenue traffic will be open. Access to the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital emergency entrance will not be closed.

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New Bike Routes, Sidewalks Near St. Paul Campus; 11/1 Grand Opening Planned
Posted: 10/22/12

Connecting the Rosedale Mall area with the University of Minnesota and beyond, new bike routes and sidewalks in Roseville, Falcon Heights and Lauderdale create safer, more pleasant streets.

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The public is invited to a celebration of the new routes featuring fun activities, food, and hot beverages: Thursday, November 1, from 12-1 pm. Following the ceremony there will be a group bike ride along the route from 1-2:30 pm. It will be held at the Department of Horticultural Science Display & Trial Garden (corner of Gortner & Folwell), with an alternative indoor location in the lobby/atrium of the Cargill Building for Microbial & Plant Genomics, 1500 Gortner Ave. Both locations are on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul Campus. All are welcome to attend. Please RSVP for the group ride (rain or shine): email briw@tlcminnesota.org or call 651-789-1403. For more information, visit bikewalkmove.org. Held in collaboration with the City of Roseville, City of Falcon Heights, City of Lauderdale, and University of Minnesota.

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New sidewalks near Rosedale Mall and new bike routes on Fairview, Larpenteur, and Gortner Avenues will make it easier for people walking and bicyclists of all levels to reach all kinds of destinations more easily, including neighborhoods, workplaces, local businesses, dining, and retail, while improving their health by being active.

Here’s a recap of the new features, starting at the northern end of the route, near Rosedale Center:

At Larpenteur, the route heads west with bike lanes extending to the University of Minnesota Les Bolstad Golf Course and a new sidewalk along the Gibbs Museum in Falcon Heights. The route also turns south along a newly paved Gortner Ave into the University of Minnesota Saint Paul Campus, featuring a sidewalk (6 feet wide) and on-street bike lanes (between Larpenteur and Folwell Ave).

The route ends at Commonwealth Ave/West Dan Patch Ave and the University of Minnesota Transitway, where there is a nearby Nice Ride Minnesota bike-sharing station. The Transitway is used by buses and bikes to reach Minneapolis and Saint Paul, with access to destinations such as the Minneapolis Campus, Minnesota State Fairgrounds, and Como Avenue.

The new sidewalks and bike routes are funded by the Bike Walk Twin Cities federal nonmotorized transportation program, administered by Transit for Livable Communities through the Federal Highway Administration. The opening of the new routes extends the network for safer cycling and better walking to more suburban communities, providing new ways to commute and to reach destinations.

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Riverside Update! Riverside Avenue Closes Between 20th, 22nd For One Day - 10/19
Posted: 10/16/12

Update 10/19 -- This work has been moved to tomorrow (October 20), due to the weather.

Riverside Avenue S will be closed on Friday, October 19 between 20th Avenue S and 22nd Avenue S to place the final asphalt layer. The roadway will reopen as soon as possible on Friday afternoon.

For more information, please visit the project web site.

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CCLRT Work Closes Washington Avenue Bridge Overnights Week of October 15
Posted: 10/12/12

On Monday. Oct. 15 and Tuesday, Oct. 16, the eastbound lane of the Washington Ave. Bridge will be closed from midnight to 6 a.m.

On Wednesday, Oct. 17 and Thursday, Oct. 18, both east and westbound lanes will be closed from midnight to 6 a.m.

The Bridge will also be closed completely next weekend from 12 a.m. on Saturday, October 20 until 5 a.m. on Monday, October 22.

For complete information, go to the Central Corridor website.

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2012 Homecoming Parade Closes University Avenue; Some Parking Affected
Posted: 10/11/12

This year’s Homecoming Parade is Friday, October 12.  Due to University Avenue’s closure and pre-parade staging activity, this annual event may affect access to some parking on campus.

1 - If you need to enter or exit Lot C42/C43/C44/C45 on Friday evening, contract parkers will need to do so before approximately 6 p.m. or after 8 p.m.  An alternative location is the 4th Street Ramp.  To park, show your hangtag permit to the attendant on duty.  You will be handed an event ticket to allow exiting from the ramp.  Be sure to exit the ramp before 7 a.m. on Saturday. Push the “Press for Help” button on the automated pay machine if you need assistance.

2 - If you plan to exit or enter Northrop Garage, Church Street Garage or Nolte Center Garage between approximately 6:15 p.m. and 8:15 p.m., it will be necessary to detour around the event. It will NOT be possible to cross University Avenue during the parade (note that an exception will be made for buses only).  Our recommendation is to take Pillsbury to Harvard to Fulton to Huron to get to I-94 or to take Pillsbury to Pleasant to Washington to get to I-35. See map here.

3 - If you park at the University Avenue Ramp, it will NOT be possible to ENTER the University Avenue Ramp between 6:15 and 8:30 p.m.  During this time, drivers will be able to EXIT using the bus lane and going south on Walnut Street to Beacon Street. From there, take Beacon to Harvard to Pillsbury to Pleasant to Washington to get to I-35 OR you can use Beacon to Harvard to Fulton to Huron to get to I-94.  View a campus map here.  If you need to arrive on campus during University Avenue’s closure (6:15-8:30 p.m.), we encourage you to use your typical reciprocal parking privileges to park in the 4th Street Ramp or Washington Avenue Ramp as an alternative.

If you have any questions, please call PTS customer service at 612-626-PARK.

Drivers! During this busy construction season, please use extra caution when exiting.  Look both directions for vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians at all times. Thank you.

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Metro Transit Hosts Open House on Post-Light-Rail Bus Route Plan
Posted: 09/28/12

Metro Transit will host an informational open house at the Rondo Community Outreach Library (461 Dale Street North, Saint Paul) on Wednesday, October 10 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. to share the modifications recommended to the Transit Service Concept Plan.

The overall goal of the Concept Plan was to strategically reinvest savings from the bus service that is replaced by the light rail (Green Line) to better serve the needs of the community.

A detailed description of the extensive public involvement process can be found on the project website.

As a result of the feedback received, the concept plan was revised as the recommended plan to go to the Metropolitan Council in November for approval. The full recommended plan is available at metrotransit.org/centralstudy.

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Riverside Update! Last Stage of Construction Begins Week of 9/10
Posted: 09/05/12

Stage 3 of the Riverside reconstruction starts the week of September 10. Traffic will be re-routed in the area of 22nd and 23rd Avenues S. Please observe all posted detour routes and warning signs.

SEE MAP (scroll to the third page labeled "Stage 3")

Construction activities will still be in progress between Cedar Avenue and 22nd Avenue S during Stage 3 construction.

Stage 3 is expected to be substantially complete in mid-October.

For more information, please visit the project web site.

*For information regarding bus detour routes, please contact MetroTransit at 612.373.3333 or visit their website at www.metrotransit.org.*

Below is a list of other projects in the area:
· City of Minneapolis Projects
· Central Corridor Light Rail
· MnDOT
· Hennepin County Construction
· City of Minneapolis 2012 Water Main Cleaning and Lining

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More Washington Avenue Bridge Overnight Lane Closures Oct. 2-4
Posted: 09/24/12

Additional overnight closures of the Washington Avenue Bridge are planned for the mornings of October 2, October 3 and October 4. The hours of the closures each day would be from 12 a.m. until 6 a.m.

Eastbound Washington Avenue will be closed on the morning of October 2.

Westbound Washington Avenue will be closed the mornings of October 3 and 4.

Advanced notice will be placed seven days in advance of each closure.

The purpose of the closures is to work on pressure washing and painting.

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I-94 Lowry Tunnel Closes Overnight Oct. 1, 2 For Cleaning
Posted: 09/24/12

Motorists will experience delays and full closures of Interstate 94 in Minneapolis as the Lowry Tunnel is closed overnight in both directions for washing on Oct. 1 and Oct. 2.

The closures will take place between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Motorists will be detoured around the closure via the prohibited vehicle route.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit 511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

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Sidewalk Closure Starts 9/6 on Northeast Corner of University, 23rd Avenue
Posted: 9/5/12

To accommodate light rail installation, the sidewalk on the northeast corner of University Avenue and 23rd Avenue will CLOSE beginning on Thursday, Sept 6 for approximately three weeks.

That means that the north sidewalk of University Avenue between 23rd and 25th Avenues will be closed to pedestrians during this work; pedestrians will be detoured to the south sidewalk.

The east crosswalk at University Ave and 23rd Ave will not be impacted and remain open.

During Gopher football games, the sidewalk will be re-opened; a temporary bridge will be installed over the rail work.

Pedestrian access to the University of MN Gateway parking lot, Days Inn and the Tea House will be maintained from the east. 

SEE MAP

Construction project dates are approximate and dependent on the weather.  Delays are possible.

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

Thank you for your continued patience during this construction project.

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U of M Public Parking Facility/Meter/Contract Rates Announced 
Posted: 6/29/12

Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) announces that hourly and daily public rates for campus parking facilities will not increase for the 2012 academic year. 

This is the fourth consecutive year that public ramp and garage rates have remained constant. These rates remain on a sliding scale: $3 for the first hour with a maximum of $12 per day.

The daily parking lot rate stays at $4 a day.

 “We are pleased to continue to hold down costs for parking at the University,” stated PTS executive director, Bob Baker.

University parking meters will increase from $2 an hour to $2.50 an hour, starting on July 1.

A new benefit is the expansion of the discounted parking program to East River Road Garage.  Previously, parkers paid a discounted rate for evenings and weekends.  Beginning on July 1, drivers entering the garage before 7 a.m. and exiting before midnight pay $6 to park.  For more information on public parking discount programs, visit http://www.umn.edu/pts/park/visitorparking.html#disc.

Beginning October 1, contract parking rates will stay the same, except for optional reserved parking contracts.  The reserved contract gives an individual a specific stall in a facility rather than parking in any open spot in the facility.  Those contracts will increase $2 per month, beginning October 1.

For fall semester 2011, U-Pass and Metropass fees will stay at their current rate, $97 per semester and $76 per month respectively. Depending on Metro Transit’s proposed rate increase for January, these passes may increase for spring semester.  U-Pass and Metropass are unlimited ride bus passes valid 24/7 on all regular route transit routes. Metropass is for University employees while U-Pass is for students.

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Washington Avenue Bridge Overnight Lane Closure Saturday, Sept. 22
Posted: 09/21/12

On Saturday, September 22 from midnight until 6 a.m., the EASTbound lane of the Washington Avenue Bridge will be closed overnight. Watch for signs in the area.

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Riverside Avenue Scheduled To Close This Spring/Summer
Posted: 3/8/12

The Riverside Avenue Reconstruction project is about to begin.  The 2012 construction season will finish the work from Phase 1 (Franklin Avenue to 23rd Avenue South) that started in 2011.  Phase 2 consists of 23rd Avenue South to Cedar Avenue and is anticipated to be substantially completed this year. 

The construction areas for 2012 will be closed to through traffic.  Local access to properties will be maintained through side streets, alternative accesses, and temporary travel lanes through the construction zone. 

A graphic of the general traffic detour route is located on the project website. 

The work will be done in three stages.  More detailed information is posted on the project website

Stage 1 (now through late May)
The intersection of 8th Street South and Riverside Avenue will be experiencing some work.  This will not require total street closures, but will have impacts to traffic and access. 

During this stage, the intersection of 19th Avenue South and Riverside Avenue will be closed and a detour will be signed. 

Stage 2 (approximately four months starting in late May)
There will not be through traffic along Riverside Avenue; however, access to properties will be maintained via routes through the construction or alternative entrances.  20th Avenue South will have one lane of traffic each way crossing Riverside Avenue.  All other intersections will be closed.  In general, the traffic detour will follow Cedar Avenue to Franklin Avenue to 25th/26th Avenue South. 

Stage 3 (approximately two months starting around September)
There will not be through traffic along this segment of Riverside Avenue; however, access to properties will be maintained via routes through the construction or alternative entrances.  In general, the traffic detour will follow 20th Avenue South to Franklin Avenue to 25th/26th Avenue South. 

All timing is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances, including but not limited to weather.  A periodic update on the schedule and work will be posted to the project website and issued through a project update email. 

If you would like to receive a weekly update email, please send an email with Riverside Email Update in the subject line.  Updates will also be posted on the project website

Other projects in the area that may be of interest to you are:
·         City of Minneapolis Projects
·         Central Corridor Light Rail
·         MnDOT 
·         Hennepin County Construction

Thank you for your cooperation. 

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Technology Update!
Church St. Garage Automated 8/23; 19th Ave. Ramp Automated 8/24
Posted: 8/23/12

The Church Street Garage on East Bank began using automated pay machines at the exit today. On the West Bank, the 19th Avenue Ramp will be automated tomorrow.

The new machines allow customers to pay by cash or credit card. Attendants will be on hand for the next week to assist customers with the transition.

These are the ninth and tenth locations to be converted on campus. The 21st Avenue Ramp was first. It was followed by Lot 37, Art Museum Garage, Oak Street Ramp, Gortner Avenue Ramp (in St. Paul), East River Road Garage, University Avenue Ramp and Washington Avenue Ramp.

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Bus Stops Temporarily Moved Thursday Evening (8/30)
Posted: 8/29/12

On Thursday, August 30 between 7 and 11 p.m., two bus stops will be temporarily moved, due to painting bike lanes on Pleasant between University and Pillsbury.

For westbound Connectors, the Jones/Eddy bus stop will move to the stop on 4th St. SE (far side of 15th Avenue in front of McDonalds).

For eastbound Connectors, the Willey Hall bus stop will move to the stop on 19th Ave. S. at 2nd St. S (by the law school).

Signs will be posted.

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Westbound I-94 Lane Closures Scheduled For Two Nights This Week
Posted: 8/29/12

Motorists may encounter delays as the left lane of westbound I-94 between I-35W and Dowling Avenue North in Minneapolis closes at 7 p.m. today, August 29, and 7 p.m. tomorrow, August 30.

The lane closures are necessary as crews inspect storm drains, pipes, culverts and substructures along and beneath the freeway.

The left lane will reopen by 5 a.m. on August 30 and 31.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

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I-35W Ramp Restrictions in Minneapolis Occur Aug. 27-30
Posted: 8/24/12

Minneapolis motorists will encounter delays and detours as overnight ramp closures and lane restrictions occur Aug. 27-30.

The following restrictions will occur each night:

Motorists are advised to follow posted detours during the ramp closures.

The restrictions are needed for electrical work on a new bridge for the Central Corridor Light Rail.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

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Campus Shuttles Run More For Welcome Week
Posted: 08/23/12

Welcome Week kicks off the official introduction to the U for approximately 5,500 new freshmen coming to campus.

The week-long event starts Wednesday, August 29 and goes through Monday, September 3. To help move everyone around, Campus Connector shuttle buses will run additional hours during Welcome Week.

The schedule is posted at the bus stops and outlined below:

Tues., Aug. 28

7 a.m. - 6 p.m. every 15 minutes

Wed., Aug. 29

7 a.m. - 9 p.m. every 15 minutes

Thursday, Aug. 30

7 a.m. - 1 a.m. every 15 minutes

Friday, Aug. 31

7 - 8 a.m. every 15 minutes

 

8 a.m. - 6 p.m. every 5 minutes

 

6 p.m. - 10 p.m. every 15 minutes

 

10 p.m. - 2 a.m. every 20 minutes (Gopher After Dark service)

Saturday, Sept. 1

8 a.m. - 9 p.m. every 15 minutes

 

9 p.m. - midnight every 20 minutes

Sunday, Sept. 2

9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. every 20 minutes

 

12 p.m. - 6 p.m. every 15 minutes

  6 p.m. - midnight every 20 minutes

Labor Day
Monday, Sept. 3

9:30 a.m. - midnight every 20 minutes


East Bank Circulators will run from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. every 10 minutes. The last bus leaves Jones Hall at 5 p.m.

St. Paul Circulators will not be running during this time period.

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Riverside Update! Southern Access to 19th & 21st Avenue Ramps Shifts Next Week
Posted: 08/15/12

This Friday, August 17, the final pavement surface should be placed between Cedar Avenue and 20th Avenue South.  This work requires a short interruption of use of the paved surface.  The work, weather permitting, will start at 7 a.m. at Cedar Avenue.  Access to the block between Cedar and 19th Avenue South should be restored by noon.  Access to 19th Avenue South and 5th Street South (south of Riverside Avenue) will be adjusted as the work progresses.  The paving work is expected to be fully completed on Friday and the road should be re-opened by late afternoon.

By Monday, August 20, the 19th Avenue intersection at Riverside Avenue is scheduled to re-open.  Be aware that through-traffic traveling north/south along 19th Avenue South/20th Avenue South will be return to the pre-construction route (i.e., the detour along 4th Avenue South will not be needed). 

On Monday, the north side of the 20th Avenue South/Riverside Avenue intersection will be closed for reconstruction.  Access to the 20th Avenue South/4th Street South intersection will be from 19th Avenue South. See map.

All construction project dates are approximate and dependent on the weather.  Delays are possible.

Thank you for your continued patience during this construction project.

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Minnesota State Fair Affects Campus Aug 23 - Sept 3
Posted: 08/14/12

The Minnesota State Fair begins Thursday, August 23 and runs through Monday, September 3. During this time, traffic will increase and parking may be tight. Consider alternate commuting options (carpool, bus, bike or walk).

If you need to drive to campus, please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the suggested parking alternatives in your area. Be sure to carry your U Card. You will need it to receive the University rate at public parking facilities.

Both contract reciprocal parking and public parking are affected by the State Fair. View how you're affected online.

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Left Lane Closes on Fourth Street
Posted: 5/22/12

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.

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Summer Means Changes For Campus Shuttle Service
Posted: 5/7/12

The majority of students leave campus for the summer, but for those taking summer classes (and for staff and faculty still working), it’s important to keep the reduced campus shuttle schedule in mind.

From Monday, May 14 through Friday, June 8, 2012 (Intersession)

From Monday, June 11 through Friday, August 3, 2012 (Summer Session)

From Monday, August 6 through Tuesday, August 28 (Summer Vacation)

The Welcome Week service schedule will be posted later this summer.

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Technology Update!
Washington Avenue Ramp Goes Automated August 20
Posted: 8/20/12

Starting this afternoon, the Washington Avenue Ramp will begin using automated pay machines at the exit.

The new machines allow customers to pay by cash or credit card. An attendant will be on hand for the next week to assist customers with the transition.

Online reservations will no longer be available at the Washington Avenue Ramp. For more details, see online.

This is the eighth location to be converted on campus. The 21st Avenue Ramp was first. It was followed by Lot 37, Art Museum Garage, Oak Street Ramp, Gortner Avenue Ramp (in St. Paul), East River Road Garage and University Avenue Ramp.

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Washington Avenue Bridge Closes For One Week In Mid-August
Posted: 08/17/12

The Washington Avenue 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 as crews work to install the rails for the Central Corridor LRT line.. Detour routes will be posted (see map). The pedestrian level of the bridge will remain open.

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Harvard Street Opens, Beacon Street Closes
Posted: 8/9/12

Harvard Street (through the Washington Avenue intersection) opened up to north/south travel earlier this week (on August 6).

From Wednesday, August 15 to Friday, August 24, one block of Beacon Street (between Harvard and Walnut Streets) will be closed in order to disassemble the two tower cranes currently installed on the Rec Center Expansion construction site. Detour signs will be posted.

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19th Avenue, Riverside Intersection Closes Again August 6
Posted: 8/1/12

To allow for paving and other construction activities, the intersection of 19th Avenue S and Riverside Avenue is planned to be fully closed again on Monday, August 6 (weather permitting).

Access to 19th Avenue S and 5th Street S will revert to a ramp from 20th Avenue S and follow the Stage 2 detour route (located under Layouts, Detours & Images).

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East River Parkway Closes July 25; Campus Circulator Impacted
Posted: 7/23/12

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 August 17.

Traffic travelling eastbound 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. The STSS loading dock area will be accessed from the north only.

With East River Parkway closed, traveling north and south across campus will be a challenge. Central Corridor crews say they will 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 is available at the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit website.

The closure will also affect both campus and MTC bus routes and stops. For the Campus Circulator, buses will NOT stop in front of the Weisman Garage during this closure. The Circulator will travel south on Oak Street, jog west to Harvard Street, zigzag back to Harvard Street as it turns into Pillsbury Drive, and connect up with the regular stop at the Jones-Eddy Circle. Please be attentive to rider alerts posted at stops and on buses and visit the Metro Transit website for more information on city buses.

Thank you for your continued patience.

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Technology Update!
East River Road Garage and University Avenue Ramp Go Automated July 23
Posted: 7/23/12

Starting on Monday, July 23, both the East River Road Garage and University Avenue Ramp will begin using automated pay machines at the exit.

The new machines allow customers to pay by cash or credit card. An attendant will be on hand for the next week to assist customers with the transition.

Signs are posted.

These are the sixth and seventh locations to be converted on campus. The 21st Avenue Ramp was first. It was followed by Lot 37, Art Museum Garage, Oak Street Ramp, and Gortner Avenue Ramp (in St. Paul).

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1,000th Bicycle 'Zapped' on U of M Campus Last Week 
Posted: 7/11/12

 

1,000 University of Minnesota students and staff have been ‘zapped!’

Since the University of Minnesota Bike Center opened on Oak Street in Minneapolis last year, Parking and Transportation Services at the U has been spearheading an innovative program nicknamed “Zap” that promotes bicycling through benefits and incentives by validating bike trips. 

Individuals can stop by the Bike Center and get a special radio frequency identification (RFID) tag installed on their bicycle.  The tag automatically logs trips electronically as the rider travels past a reader location.  A map of RFID reader locations is available online.

photo of 1000th zapper with balloons and gift basket
Pictured above: Saber Taghvaeeyan receives a balloon bouquet and gift basket, courtesy of Parking and Transportation Services.

Faculty and staff can gain points in the university’s wellness points program in order to reduce an individual's medical program rates in 2013.  Students can win free prizes.

“I really appreciate this program,” said Saber Taghvaeeyan, the 1,000th person who was zapped.  “The team competitions are fun.”

As the 1,000th participant, Taghvaeeyan won his choice of a free one-year membership to the Bike Center or one-year bike locker rental on campus as well as a basket of miscellaneous gifts from Parking and Transportation Services.

 

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East River Parkway Closes Completely Under Washington Ave. Bridge
Posted: 6/29/12

UPDATED 7/5: This road closure has been delayed for approximately 2-3 weeks.

UPDATED 7/23: This road closure starts Wednesday, July 25.

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 re-open in mid-August.

The closure will occur under the Washington Avenue Bridge. Traffic traveling eastbound 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.

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Harvard and Washington Intersection Closes June 4
Posted: 6/4/12

Intersection of Harvard Street and Washington Avenue closes on Monday, June 4th and will remain closed through the end of July 2012.

See detour routes.

Other LRT Construction Highlights For June 2 - 8:

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PTS Communications Team Wins Northern Lights Award
Posted: 5/25/12

The communications team from Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) won a Northern Lights Award of Merit at the Minnesota Association of Government Communicators awards banquet earlier this week at the Eagan Community Center.

In the category of Writing - Feature Article (Published), the team won for the magazine feature story titled It Ain't Just Parking Anymore.

The feature story was intended for publication in a transportation industry magazine called The Parking Professional.  The magazine informs and educates parking and transportation professionals in the parking industry with information regarding new technology, management best practices and the general sharing of occupational projects, innovation and news.

The award-winning communications team strives to inform students and staff of their transportation options and encourage transportation alternatives such as busing, biking and walking.

The goals for writing the piece were: to raise awareness throughout the parking industry nationwide about the University of Minnesota and its transportation programs; to promote the reputation of the University of Minnesota as a ground-breaking leader in transportation programming; and to show the value of parking professionals.

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Riverside Avenue Reconstruction Project Re-Routes 5th St. & 19th Ave.
Posted: 6/22/12

The Riverside Avenue Reconstruction project continues on the West Bank.

Starting on Wednesday, June 27, Access to 5th Street S. and 19th Avenue S. south of Riverside Avenue will be re-routed.

See map of the revised access route here.

20th Avenue S. will remain open, but will be impacted by the construction and the drive lanes may be adjusted.

Additionally, during the week of June 25, sidewalk work will start on the south side of the block between Cedar Avenue and 19th Avenue S. The planned schedule will include sidewalk removals (Monday – Tuesday), grading (Tuesday – Wednesday), and new sidewalk placement (Wednesday –Friday).

Underground street reconstruction work will be on the blocks between 20th Avenue S and 22nd Avenue S. Water main repair and hydrant work will continue from 20th to 23rd Avenue S.

For more information, including detour routes, please visit the project web site.

If you would like to receive weekly email updates, please send Chris.Engelmann@minneapolismn.gov an email with Riverside Email Update in the subject line.

For information regarding bus detour routes, please contact MetroTransit at 612.373.3333 or visit their website at www.metrotransit.org.

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University of Minnesota Bike Center Wins Award of Excellence from International Parking Institute
Posted: 6/12/12


The University of Minnesota was recognized today with an Award of Excellence from the International Parking Institute (IPI). The Award of Excellence is the highest recognition offered in this annual competition with seven categories.

"It's an honor to be recognized for the innovative and forward-thinking projects born at the U," remarked Parking and Transportation Services Executive Director Bob Baker. "This global recognition means a great deal to a dedicated group of my staff who strongly believed in the power of alternative transportation and are dedicated to changing commuting patterns in the Twin Cities."

The University Bike Center is located in a former bus-waiting area of the University's Oak Street Parking Ramp on the East Bank campus. It gathers in one place those things that make bike commuting practical: professional and do-it-yourself repair stations; retail accessory store; card-accessed 24-hour bike parking; restrooms/showers, clothing lockers; electronic trip-planning kiosk to facilitate transit/cycling connections; gathering space for outreach/classes; and an RFID (radio-frequency identification) commuter validation benefits center.

As a first-in-the-nation program of this magnitude, the university's RFID program has the opportunity to break new ground in the promotion and encouragement of bicycle commuting. The program consists of small tags affixed to registered users' bicycles. RFID receivers installed at strategic locations around campus read and wirelessly transmit the tag information to a server accessible to users and the institution. This system solves the longstanding problem of bicycle commute trip validation and enables employers to offer incentives to bicyclists.

One of the major barriers to increased bicycle commuting is the disparity between the world of automobile infrastructure and that of the bicycle. "An unsurprising result is that people don't see themselves as bicycle commuters, despite the well-understood health and environmental benefits," explains Baker.

The University of Minnesota–with 51,000 students, 16,000 staff/faculty, and 15,000 daily visitors¬–has the potential to change this. "This program can serve as a blueprint for campuses around the nation," said Baker.

The International Parking Institute (IPI) is a trade organization that was founded in 1962 to represent the marketing, economic and political concerns of its members, made up of parking professionals worldwide. IPI provides leadership, information and education to a diverse membership from major municipal authorities, airports, hospitals and universities to industry suppliers and consultants and commercial operators.

To acknowledge the contributions of individuals to the industry, IPI conducts an annual Professional Recognition Program. This year's Awards of Excellence presentation took place on Monday, June 11, 2012 in the Phoenix Convention Center at the IPI Conference & Expo in Phoenix, Arizona.

The U of M won in Category IV–Innovation in a Parking Operation/Program.

The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus is the third largest traffic generator in Minnesota and sees more than 7,000 bicyclists on campus daily. University of Minnesota Parking and Transportation Services is committed to establishing, maintaining and improving a comprehensive transportation system that reduces congestion, eases accessibility and enhances a friendly university community.

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Harvard and Washington Intersection Closes June 4
Posted: 6/4/12

Intersection of Harvard Street and Washington Avenue closes on Monday, June 4th and will remain closed through the end of July 2012.

See detour routes.

Other LRT Construction Highlights For June 2 - 8:

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PTS Communications Team Wins Northern Lights Award
Posted: 5/25/12

The communications team from Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) won a Northern Lights Award of Merit at the Minnesota Association of Government Communicators awards banquet earlier this week at the Eagan Community Center.

In the category of Writing - Feature Article (Published), the team won for the magazine feature story titled It Ain't Just Parking Anymore.

The feature story was intended for publication in a transportation industry magazine called The Parking Professional.  The magazine informs and educates parking and transportation professionals in the parking industry with information regarding new technology, management best practices and the general sharing of occupational projects, innovation and news.

The award-winning communications team strives to inform students and staff of their transportation options and encourage transportation alternatives such as busing, biking and walking.

The goals for writing the piece were: to raise awareness throughout the parking industry nationwide about the University of Minnesota and its transportation programs; to promote the reputation of the University of Minnesota as a ground-breaking leader in transportation programming; and to show the value of parking professionals.

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Transitway Closed July 19-22 For Car Show
Posted: 7/16/12

The transitway section through the fairgrounds near the St. Paul campus will be closed July 19-22 for this year's Car Craft Summer Nationals Car Show. This mainly will affect bicyclists and bus riders travelling in the area.

The Connector and Circulator stops will be closed at the transitway and Commonwealth intersection as well as the corner of Buford and Gortner. Catch the Connector at the St. Paul Student Center. The Circulator can be accessed at the student center or the intersection at Raymond and Como.

To see future events that may affect the transitway, please check the Minnesota State Fair Website.

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East River Road Closes Under Washington Ave Bridge; Huron/Washington Triangle Closes On May 14
Posted: 5/10/12

After finals, construction on East Bank and Stadium Village kicks back into high-gear on the Central Corridor Light Rail. Two specific lane/road closures will affect the University community.

Additionally, in early June, the intersection of Harvard Street and Washington Avenue will close. Traffic will be re-routed one block east via Walnut Street.

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Public Meetings Scheduled On Planned Transit Service Changes Along Central Corridor
Posted: 6/13/12

The Metropolitan Council will hold public meetings in June to receive comments on the concept plan for the Central Corridor Transit Service Study.

The plan will modify existing bus service to maximize connections with new Central Corridor (Green Line) light-rail service, which will begin operations in 2014. The Green Line will cover 11 miles, serve 18 stations and connect downtown Minneapolis – and the existing Hiawatha (Blue) Line – with the University of Minnesota, Midway commercial district, State Capitol complex, downtown St. Paul and neighborhoods in between.

The Central Corridor Transit Service Study helps ensure that transit service meets needs now and in the future. The study area is bounded by I-35E on the east; the Mississippi River on the south; downtown Minneapolis, Hiawatha Avenue and Lake Street on the west; and Larpenteur and East Hennepin Avenue on the north.

Affected bus routes in the study area include:
2, 3, 6, 8, 16, 21, 50, 53, 62, 63, 65, 67, 84, 87, 94, 134, 144, 262, 353, 355, 365, 375 and 452

The full concept plan can be found online at metrotransit.org/centralstudy.

The public meetings will be held at these times and locations:

June 19: 4-6:30 p.m.
Brian Coyle Center, Multipurpose Room
420 – 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis
Served by Route 22 and Hiawatha LRT

June 21: 4-6:30 p.m.
Central Corridor Resource Center
1080 University Ave. W., St. Paul
Served by Routes 16 and 50

June 23: 1-3 p.m.
Goodwill/Easter Seals, Community Meeting Room
553 Fairview Ave. N., St. Paul
Served by Routes 16 and 67

June 26: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Central Library, Doty Room
300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
Served by multiple transit routes

June 28: 4-6:30 p.m.
Rondo Community Outreach Library, Multipurpose Room
461 Dale Street North
Served by Routes 16, 50, 65

All interested persons are encouraged to attend and offer comments. To register in advance to speak, call the Council at 651-602-1140.

The Council will provide accommodations to persons with disabilities.

Those who cannot attend a public meeting can comment as follows:

Written comments: Metropolitan Council, 390 N. Robert St., St. Paul, 55101
Fax: 651-602-1464
TTY: 651-291-0904
E-mail: centralcorridorstudy@metrotransit.org
Council's Public Comment Line: 651-602-1500

Comments will be accepted through 5 p.m. on July 9.

Metro Transit staff will revise the Concept Plan following the public comment period. The Council will evaluate the final recommended plan later in 2012.

Metro Transit is a service of the Metropolitan Council. Customers boarded Metro Transit buses and trains 81 million times last year.

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Eastbound I-94 Four-Day Lane Closure From June 11-14
Posted: 6/7/12

Motorists will experience delays on eastbound I-94 in Minneapolis between Highway 55/Hiawatha Avenue and Highway 280 as the left lane closes at 5 a.m. on Monday, June 11.

The lane closure is needed for crews to finish final median work after the weekend closure of eastbound I-94. Motorists on eastbound I-94 and those on northbound I-35W trying to access eastbound I-94 should expect delays in the area throughout the week and take alternate routes if possible. The lane closure will remain in place through late Thursday, June 14.

The I-94 improvement project between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul features Smart Lane technology to improve safety and congestion. The project also includes resurfacing, which will create a smoother ride for motorists and extend the lifespan of the roadway, drainage improvements, bridge maintenance work, reconstruction of the shoulders, and lane realignment.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

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Light Rail Work Closes Washington Avenue Bridge For Two Weekends
Posted: 6/7/12

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.

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Final Eastbound I-94 Closure Scheduled For June 8-11
Posted: 6/4/12

Motorists will experience delays and a detour on eastbound I-94 in Minneapolis between Highway 55/Hiawatha Avenue and Highway 280 as the roadway closes at 10 p.m. on Friday, June 8.

Ramp closures to and from eastbound I-94 throughout the closure limits will begin at 9 p.m. on June 8, including the ramp from northbound I-35W to eastbound I-94. Access will remain available to southbound I-35W; however, eastbound I-94 traffic will be reduced to a single lane before the Lowry tunnel, and motorists should expect delays.

During the full closure of the roadway, a posted detour will direct motorists to use northbound I-35W, eastbound Highway 36 and southbound I-35E to access eastbound I-94.

The roadway and all ramps will reopen by 5 a.m. on Monday, June 11.

The closure is needed as crews resurface the roadway as part of the I-94 improvement project. This is the last closure of eastbound I-94. The work is weather dependent and may be rescheduled in the case of inclement weather.

The I-94 improvement project between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul features Smart Lane technology to improve safety and congestion. The project also includes resurfacing, which will create a smoother ride for motorists and extend the lifespan of the roadway, drainage improvements, bridge maintenance work, reconstruction of the shoulders, and realignment of the lanes.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

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Westbound I-94 Reduced to a Single Lane Tonight in Minneapolis
Posted: 6/4/12

Minneapolis motorists will experience delays as lane closures on westbound I-94 between the Lowry Tunnel and NE Lowry Avenue in Minneapolis occur overnight tonight (June 4).

Westbound I-94 will be reduced to two lanes beginning at 10 p.m., and reduced to one lane at midnight. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. on Tuesday, June 5.

The lane closures are needed for crews to conduct loop work at the entrance ramp from 3rd Street as part of the overall 3rd Street ramp rehabilitation project. Final clean up of the project will occur after this work, and no further restrictions are anticipated.

The 3rd Street ramp project will rehabilitate the shoulder on the ramp, allowing for continued transit availability and providing a smoother ride.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

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Daytime I-35W Ramp Closure Scheduled For June 1, 4 and 5
Posted: 5/29/12

Motorists may experience delays on Friday, June 1; Monday, June 4; and Tuesday, June 5 as the ramp from South 4th Street to southbound I-35W closes at 9 a.m. each day.

The ramp closure is needed as CCLRT crews continue survey work and bridge painting.

Motorists are advised to follow the posted detour.

The ramp will reopen by 3 p.m. daily June 1, 4 and 5.

For more CCLRT project information, visit http://www.metrocouncil.org/transportation/ccorridor/centralcorridor.asp.

To receive weekly construction updates on the CCLRT project, visit http://www.metrocouncil.org/transportation/ccorridor/newsAlerts/CUDTStP.pdf

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

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Final Westbound I-94 Closure in Minneapolis Scheduled For June 1-4
Posted: 5/29/12

Motorists will experience delays and a detour on westbound I-94 in Minneapolis between Highway 280 and Highway 55/Hiawatha Avenue as the roadway closes at 10 p.m. on Friday, June 1.

Ramp closures to and from westbound I-94 throughout the closure limits will begin at 9 p.m. June 1.

During the full closure of the roadway, the following detours will be posted:

Detour maps can be found at www.mndot.gov/fullclosures. The roadway and all ramps will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, June 4.

After the weekend closure, the right lane closure between Highway 280 and Cedar Avenue that has been in place will switch to a left lane closure during June 4-8 for final median work.

Motorists should be aware of the change and use as always caution when driving through construction zones. Non-rush hour eastbound lane closures may occur for median work in this location as well, and motorists should expect delays.

The closure is needed as crews resurface the roadway as part of the I-94 improvement project. This is the last closure of westbound I-94; a final closure of eastbound I-94 will also occur in the coming weeks, and updates will be made in advance of the closure. The work is weather dependent and may be rescheduled in the case of inclement weather.

The I-94 improvement project between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul features Smart Lane technology to improve safety and congestion. The project also includes resurfacing, which will create a smoother ride for motorists and extend the lifespan of the roadway, drainage improvements, bridge maintenance work, reconstruction of the shoulders, and realignment of the lanes.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

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Technology Update!
Gortner Ave. Ramp Automated Apr. 17, Ends Free Night/Sunday Parking in St. Paul
Posted: 4/16/12

Starting on Tuesday, April 17, the Gortner Avenue Ramp will begin using automated pay machines at the exit.

The new machines allow customers to pay by cash or credit card. An attendant will be on hand for the next week to assist customers with the transition.

Signs are posted.

Once automated, the ramp will no longer be a valid location in the Free Night and Sunday parking programs (these programs will completely end on April 29).

This is the fifth location to be converted on campus. The 21st Avenue Ramp was first. It was followed by Lot 37, Art Museum Garage, and Oak Street Ramp.

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Reminder: Major Weekend Closures Scheduled For Twin Cities Metro
Posted: 5/18/12

Twin Cities metro motorists will experience delays and detours beginning Friday, May 18 as major closures occur in St. Paul and Minneapolis.

St. Paul
In St. Paul, both directions of Interstate 35E between 10th Street/Wacouta Avenue and 11th Street, as well as both directions of Interstate 94 between 5th Street/10th Street and the ramp to 12th Street, will close for Central Corridor Light Rail Transit (CCLRT) construction.

Eastbound I-94 and northbound I-35E will close at 10 p.m. Friday, May 18. Westbound I-94 and southbound I-35E will close at 8 p.m. Friday, May 18. In addition, the ramp from northbound Hwy 52 to westbound I-94 will close at 9 p.m. Friday, May 18.

Motorists are advised to follow the posted detours:

Motorists should be aware that various ramps leading up to the closed roadways will also close (check MnDOT's Full Closures page for more information). The ramp from southbound I-35E to eastbound I-94 and southbound Hwy 52 will remain open, as will the ramp from eastbound I-94 to southbound I-35E via Kellogg Boulevard.

Minneapolis
In Minneapolis, westbound I-94 between Highway 280 and I-394 will close at 8 p.m. Friday, May 18 for resurfacing as part of the I-94 improvement project.

Motorists are advised to follow the posted detour route: northbound Highway 280 to northbound I-35W to westbound I-694 to westbound I-94. Motorists on I-35W trying to access westbound I-94 are advised to follow posted detours to westbound Highway 62, northbound Highway 100 and eastbound I-394 to westbound I-94.

Additionally in downtown Minneapolis, the ramp from 3rd Street to westbound I-94 near Target Field will close at 10 p.m. Friday, May 18 as part of the ramp's bus shoulder rehabilitation project. During the closure, motorists are advised to use Washington Avenue to access the Broadway Avenue interchange and then westbound I-94.

Information resources
Motorists are advised to check the MnDOT Weekend Full Closures page for information about the weekend closures and detour maps. Motorists are also advised to check www.511mn.org for real-time travel information in the Twin Cities Metro as well as greater Minnesota before leaving for their destinations.

For more information about CCLRT, visit http://www.metrocouncil.org/transportation/ccorridor/centralcorridor.asp.

For more information about the I-94 improvement project, visit http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i94resurfacing/phase2.html.

For more information about the 3rd Street ramp bus shoulder rehabilitation project, visit http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/3rdstmpls/index.html.

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Huron Ramp to Westbound I-94 Closes For Two Hours Tonight (5/15)
Posted: 5/15/12

The Huron ramp to westbound I-94 will be closed for a couple of hours tonight to remove and replace some guardrail. The time is yet to be determined, but should be after midnight and will be closed for around two and a half hours. A message board will tell drivers to use eastbound I-94 and turn around at Cretin.

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I-94/Cedar Avenue Ramp Closure For Four Days Begins May 21
Posted: 5/15/12

Motorists may experience delays and a detour as the ramp from westbound
I-94 to Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis closes at 5 a.m. on Monday, May 21.

During the closure, motorists will be detoured to exit 25th Avenue S./Riverside Avenue, then use southbound 25th Avenue S. and westbound Franklin Avenue to access Cedar Avenue. To view the vehicle detour, see map.

The ramp closure is needed for pavement and drainage work as part of the I-94 improvement project. The ramp will reopen by the morning of Friday, May 25.

The I-94 improvement project between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul includes Smart Lane technology to improve safety and congestion. The project also includes resurfacing, which will create a smoother ride for motorists and extend the lifespan of the roadway, drainage improvements, bridge maintenance work, reconstruction of the shoulders, and realignment of the lanes.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

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First Westbound I-94 Closure in Minneapolis Scheduled For May 18-21
Posted: 5/11/12

Motorists will experience delays and a detour on westbound I-94 in Minneapolis between Highway 280 and I-394 as the roadway closes at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 18.

Ramp closures to and from westbound I-94 throughout the closure limits will begin at 7 p.m. on May 18, including the ramps from northbound and southbound I-35W to westbound I-94.

During the full closure of the roadway, a posted detour will direct motorists west of downtown St. Paul to use northbound Highway 280, northbound I-35W and westbound I-694 to access westbound I-94. Motorists east of St. Paul will be directed to use northbound I-35E to access westbound I-694 due to the I-94 closure for Central Corridor Light Rail Transit construction.

Motorists on I-35W will be directed to use westbound Highway 62, northbound Highway 100 and eastbound I-394 to access westbound I-94.

The roadway and all ramps will reopen by 5 a.m. on Monday, May 21.

The closure is needed as crews resurface the roadway as part of the I-94 improvement project. This closure of westbound I-94 is being coordinated to occur during a weekend that the Minnesota Twins are away. One more closure of each direction of I-94 will still occur in the coming weeks. The work is weather dependent and may be rescheduled in the case of inclement weather.

The I-94 improvement project between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul features Smart Lane technology to improve safety and congestion. The project also includes resurfacing, which will create a smoother ride for motorists and extend the lifespan of the roadway, drainage improvements, bridge maintenance work, reconstruction of the shoulders, and realignment of the lanes.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

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Major Weekend Closure Scheduled 5/18-21 for Interstates 35E, 94
Posted: 5/11/12

Motorists will experience delays and detours beginning Friday, May 18 as two major corridors in St. Paul close for the weekend.

Both directions of Interstate 35E between 10th Street/Wacouta Avenue and 11th Street, as well as both directions of Interstate 94 between 5th Street/10th Street and the ramp to 12th Street, will close.

Eastbound I-94 will close at 10 p.m. Friday, May 18, and westbound I-94 will close at 8 p.m. Friday, May 18. Northbound I-35E will close at 10 p.m. Friday, May 18, and southbound I-35E will close at 8 p.m. Friday, May 18.

In addition, the ramp from northbound Hwy 52 to westbound I-94 will close at 9 p.m. Friday, May 18.

Eastbound I-94 motorists are advised to follow the posted detour: northbound Hwy 280 to eastbound Hwy 36 to southbound I-35E.

Westbound I-94 motorists are advised to follow the posted detour: northbound I-35E to westbound I-694 to westbound I-94.

The ramp from southbound I-35E to eastbound I-94 and southbound Hwy 52 will remain open, as will the ramp from eastbound I-94 to southbound I-35E via Kellogg Boulevard.

Northbound I-35E motorists are advised to follow the posted detour: eastbound I-494 to northbound Hwy 61 to westbound I-94.

Southbound I-35E motorists are advised to follow the posted detour in order to continue south: eastbound I-94 to southbound Hwy 61 to westbound I-494.

Access into downtown St. Paul will be available from I-35E at 10th Street/Wacouta Avenue from the north and from Kellogg Boulevard/11th Street from the south.

Access into downtown St. Paul will be available from I-94 at 12th/6th Street from the east and from 5th Street/10th Street from the west.

Access from downtown St. Paul to eastbound I-94 and northbound I-35E will be available from 11th Street.

Access from downtown St. Paul to westbound I-94 will be available from both West 6th Street and 12th Street.

Access from downtown St. Paul to southbound I-35E will be available from Kellogg Boulevard.

All ramps leading to northbound I-35E, beginning at East 7th Street, will close at 9 p.m. May 18. All ramps leading to eastbound I-94, beginning at Snelling Avenue, will close at 9 p.m. May 18.

This closure is necessary as crews prepare the Cedar Street Bridge that spans the commons section in order to accommodate the Central Corridor (CCLRT) light rail trains that will traverse it.

Both I-35E and I-94 will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, May 21.

To receive weekly construction updates on the CCLRT project, visit http://www.metrocouncil.org/transportation/ccorridor/newsAlerts/CUDTStP.pdf.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

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3rd Street Ramp Project Begins May 14; Full Closure Scheduled May 18-21
Posted: 5/11/12

Downtown Minneapolis motorists will experience delays as a project to rehabilitate the shoulder of the ramp from 3rd Street to westbound Interstate 94 begins on Monday, May 14.

During the first week of work (May 14-18), the following restrictions will occur:

During the lane closures, access to westbound I-94 will still be available, but motorists should expect delays and take alternate routes if possible.

A full closure of the ramp is scheduled for the weekend of May 18-21. The ramp will close at 10 p.m. on Friday and reopen by 5 a.m. on Monday. During the closure, a posted detour will direct motorists to use Washington Avenue and then Broadway Avenue to access westbound I-94. Ramp access to westbound I-394 will remain available.

The last stage of the project will include a five-day lane closure on westbound I-94. Updates will be made in advance of the restrictions.

The project will rehabilitate the shoulder on the ramp, allowing for continued transit availability and providing a smoother ride.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

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Non-Rush Hour I-35W Lane, Shoulder Closures Scheduled May 10-16
Posted: 5/7/12

Minneapolis motorists may experience delays beginning Wednesday, May 10 as lane closures take place on Interstate 35W between Washington Avenue and Highway 55.

Daytime single lane and shoulder closures will occur in both directions on May 10, May 11 and May 14 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Double lane and shoulder closures will take place in both directions between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. from May 10 to May 16.

These lane closures are necessary as crews paint the new Central Corridor Light Rail Transit (CCLRT) bridges that span I-35W.

For more information about CCLRT, visit http://www.metrocouncil.org/transportation/ccorridor/centralcorridor.asp

To receive weekly construction updates on the CCLRT project, visit http://www.metrocouncil.org/transportation/ccorridor/newsAlerts/CUDTStP.pdf

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

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Overnight Lane, Ramp Closures on Interstate 35W Occur May 4
Last updated: 5/4/12

Motorists in Minneapolis may experience delays tonight, May 4, on southbound I-35W as lane and ramp closures between University Avenue and Highway 55/Hiawatha Avenue begin at 7 p.m.

At 7 p.m., the right lane of southbound I-35W will close. At 11 p.m., an additional lane will close, as well as the ramp from southbound I-35W to Highway 55/Hiawatha Avenue.

During the ramp closure, motorists are advised to follow posted detours. The lanes and ramp will reopen by 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 5.

These lane closures are necessary as crews work on a new bridge spanning I-35W as part of the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit (CCLRT) project.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

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West Bank Station Area Tour & Workshop Open To Public
Last updated: 5/3/12

Please come share your work, hopes, dreams and desires for the future of the West Bank with one of the most influential names in city futures and urban revitalization, Charles Landry. Charles will be participating in a two-part exploration of the West Bank/Cedar-Riverside on:

Sunday, May 6
West Bank Station Area Walking Tour
10:00 a.m.- Noon
Meet at Mixed Blood Theatre 1501 South 4th Street Minneapolis, MN 55454

Tours is free and open to all. Registration is not required.

Monday, May 7
West Bank Station Area Workshop
1:00 p.m - 3:00 p.m.
Brian Coyle Center, 420 15th Avenue South, Minneapolis
Free with RSVP. Space is limited.
RSVP to Amelia Brown at ABrown@LISC.org

The West Bank Station Area Tour and Workshop are a part of a week-long residency with Charles Landry. This residency, Creating 21st Century Intercultural and Creative Cities, will take place from May 6-11 and will include a series of public events and activities featuring Landry.

For a full schedule of events along with links to registration and additional resources, visit http://www.funderscollaborative.org/Landry.

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I-94/25th Avenue S. Ramp Closure Begins May 7, Lasts Seven Days
Last updated: 5/2/12


Motorists may experience delays and a detour as the ramp from 25th Avenue S./Riverside Avenue to westbound I-94 in Minneapolis closes at 5 a.m. on Monday, May 7.

During the closure, motorists will be detoured to southbound 25th Avenue S., westbound Franklin Avenue, southbound Cedar Avenue and westbound Highway 55/Hiawatha Avenue to access westbound I-94. The ramp will re-open by the morning of Monday, May 14.

See map of the detour.

The ramp closure is needed for concrete rehabilitation work as part of the I-94 improvement project.

The I-94 improvement project between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul features Smart Lane technology to improve safety and congestion. The project also includes resurfacing, which will create a smoother ride for motorists and extend the lifespan of the roadway, drainage improvements, bridge maintenance work, reconstruction of the shoulders, and realignment of the lanes.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

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Spring Finals Week Affects Campus Shuttle Service
Last updated: 5/2/12

During Finals Week (Monday, May 7 - Saturday, May 12), University campus shuttles will run as usual on weekdays, but Finals Saturday service will be more frequent than usual. There will be no service on Sunday, May 13.

On Saturday, May 12, Campus Connectors will run every 15 minutes, instead of every 40 minutes, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. From 6 to 10 p.m., service will run every 20 minutes. From 10 p.m. until midnight, the Connector will run every 40 minutes between the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses.

As a reminder, the East Bank and St. Paul Circulators do NOT run on Saturday or Sunday.

Good luck on finals from Parking and Transportation Services.

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Second Eastbound I-94 Closure in Minneapolis Rescheduled for May 4-7 (CANCELLED)
Posted: 5/2/12

UPDATED 5/4: Eastbound I-94 closure in Minneapolis cancelled due to impending inclement weather -- it will be rescheduled for a later date this spring.

Motorists will experience delays and a detour on eastbound I-94 in Minneapolis between I-35W and Highway 280 as the roadway closes at 10 p.m. on Friday, May 4.

Ramp closures to and from eastbound I-94 throughout the closure limits will begin at 9 p.m. on May 4, including the ramp from northbound I-35W to eastbound I-94. Access will remain available to southbound I-35W; however, eastbound I-94 traffic will be reduced to a single lane before the Lowry tunnel, and motorists should expect delays.

During the full closure of the roadway, a posted detour will direct motorists to use northbound I-35W, eastbound Highway 36 and southbound I-35E to access eastbound I-94.

The roadway and all ramps will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, May 7.

The closure is needed as crews resurface the roadway as part of the I-94 improvement project. This is the last closure of eastbound I-94; two weekend closures of westbound I-94 will occur in the coming weeks, and updates will be made in advance of each closure. The work is weather dependent and may be rescheduled in the case of inclement weather.

The I-94 improvement project between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul features Smart Lane technology to improve safety and congestion. The project also includes resurfacing, which will create a smoother ride for motorists and extend the lifespan of the roadway, drainage improvements, bridge maintenance work, reconstruction of the shoulders, and realignment of the lanes.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

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Riverside Project Update - Stage 2 Begins Next Week
Posted: 4/30/12

Major construction activities continue for the 2012 construction season on Riverside Avenue between Cedar Avenue to 23rd Avenue and on 8th Street S. Please observe all posted detour routes and warning signs. Riverside Avenue will be operated under the Stage 1 detour until May 7 when it switches to Stage 2.

This Week (04/30): City forces and private utilities are continuing to work in various locations of the corridor preparing temporary water connections and upgrading services. CenterPoint Energy will work weekends starting on April 28. The temporary closure of 22nd Avenue S north of Riverside will be opening up early in the week. Xcel crews will be shifting to the 23rd Avenue S intersection later in the week. 23rd Avenue S just north of Riverside Avenue will be closed (tentatively scheduled for April 30) and a detour using 22nd Avenue S will be signed.

Street removals and access excavations for water main relining will begin this week on the block between Cedar Avenue and 19th Avenue S.

Sidewalk work in the phase 1 portion of the project on the north side of Riverside between 23rd Avenue S and Butler Street will continue.

Temporary lighting systems will start being installed along the corridor. A temporary traffic control signal will be installed at 20th Avenue S and 4th Street S. Periodically, city crews will work weekends to complete the traffic signal removals and the temporary lighting system installations.

Next Week (05/07):
Stage 2 detours will be initiated. Street removals and access excavations for water main relining will begin for Riverside Avenue between Cedar Avenue and 22nd Avenue S. Xcel Energy will be working at the intersection of 23rd Avenue S. A detour for 23rd Avenue S to accommodate Xcel Energy's work will still be in place on 22nd Avenue S.

Temporary water connections will start to be energized in preparation for the water main cleaning and lining the week of May 14.

For more information, including detour routes, please visit the project web site.

If you would like to receive weekly updates, please send an email to Chris.Engelmann@minneapolismn.gov with Riverside Email Update in the subject line.

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Update on Riverside Construction!
Riverside Construction Project At 23rd Avenue
Posted: 4/20/12

Major construction activities have started for the 2012 construction season on Riverside Av between Cedar Avenue to 23rd Avenue and on 8th Street S. Private utilities and City Water Department construction activities have started and will be continuing for approximately the next two months. Traffic lanes will be adjusted to accommodate the construction and will not follow the standard lane striping. Please observe all posted detour routes and warning signs. Riverside Avenue will be operated under the Stage 1 detour until May 7 when it will switch to Stage 2.

Construction personnel will be present and working hard to complete their work quickly and efficiently as possible. Please be alert and drive slowly so that everyone can go home safely.

Last Week (04/16): City forces and private utilities worked in various locations preparing temporary water connections and upgrading services. Removals of the road surface on the north side for access to the utility pipe were completed. Street signal systems were disconnected and removals have started. CenterPoint Energy started the replacement of gas main at the intersection of 19th Avenue S. Xcel Energy deployed multiple crews working along the north side of the corridor upgrading their facilities. The sidewalk was constructed in the phase 1 portion of the project on the south side of Riverside between 23rd Avenue S and Butler Street.

This Week (04/23): City forces and private utilities continuieto work in various locations of the corridor preparing temporary water connections and upgrading services. The temporary closure of 22nd Avenue S north of Riverside will be opening up early in the week. Xcel crews will be shifting to the 23rd Avenue S intersection later in the week. 23rd Avenue S just north of Riverside Avenue will be closed (tentatively scheduled for April 30) and a detour using 22nd Avenue S will be signed.

The sidewalk on the north side of Riverside from 20th Avenue to 21st Avenue S will have a temporary (two day) closure to allow for Xcel Energy power line work. Pedestrian traffic will be routed to the sidewalk on the south side of Riverside Avenue. Sidewalk work is planned in the phase 1 portion of the project on the north side of Riverside between 23rd Avenue S and Butler St.

Next Week (04/30): City forces and private utilities will continue working on temporary water connections, upgrading services, and replacing gas main. Street removals and access excavations for water main relining will begin this week on the block between Cedar Avenue and 19th Avenue S. Staging of equipment and signage for the Stage 2 road closure will occur late in the week.

For more information, including detour routes, please visit the project web site.

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Technology Update!
Oak Street Ramp Goes Automated On April 10
Posted: 4/10/12

As of Tuesday, April 10, the Oak Street Ramp began using automated pay machines at the exit.

The new machines allow customers to pay by cash or credit card. An attendant will be on hand for the next week to assist customers with the transition.

Signs are posted.

This is the fourth location to be converted on campus. The 21st Avenue Ramp was first. Lot 37 was second. The Art Museum Garage was third.

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Northrop Tunnel Between Church Street Garage and Nolte/ Williamson Closes
Posted: 4/9/12

On Monday, April 16, the Gopher Way tunnel beneath Northrop will close between the Church Street Garage and Nolte/Williamson Hall. This is the next step in the Northrop renovation project.

The closure and detour will be clearly marked and tunnel users will need to go outside for the coming months. The tunnels will open again when Northrop re-opens in winter 2014.

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Update on Riverside Construction!
Intersection at Riverside & 19th Avenue Closes April 9

Posted: 4/2/12

Major construction activities are starting for the 2012 construction season on Riverside Avenue between Cedar Avenue to 23rd Avenue and 8th Street S. Private utilities and city water department construction activities have started and will be continuing for approximately the next two months.

Riverside Avenue will have two lanes of traffic during this work. Traffic lanes will be adjusted to accommodate the construction and will not follow the standard lane striping. Signalized intersections will be converted to four-way stops. The full stage 1 detour will be enacted on April 9. This means the Riverside Avenue and 19th Avenue S intersection will be closed on April 9. Please observe all posted detour routes and warning signs.

See detour route.

Construction personnel will be present and working hard to complete their work quickly and efficiently as possible. Please be alert and drive slowly so that everyone can go home safely.

Last Week (03/26): City forces and private utilities worked in various locations of the corridor preparing temporary water connections and upgrading services. Survey crews were busy placing construction notes on the roadway.

This Week (04/02): City forces and private utilities are working in various locations of the corridor preparing temporary water connections and upgrading services. A construction trailer and traffic control signage will be place on the corridor. Street removal on the north side of the Riverside Avenue to facilitate the utility work will begin later in the week.

Next Week (04/09): City forces and private utilities will continue working on temporary water connections and upgrading services. Street removals will continue and the Riverside Avenue and 19th Avenue S intersection will be closed for street removal and gas main upgrades. The Stage 1 detour will be in full effect at this time.

For more information, including detour routes, please visit the Riverside project web site.

If you would like to receive update emails, please send an email with Riverside Email Update in the subject line. 

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Church Street Pedestrian Crossing Closes April 2
Posted: 3/30/12

The pedestrian crossing at Church Street and Washington Avenue will close on Monday, April 2 as work continues on the Central Corridor light rail transit line.

Pedestrians can cross Washington Avenue on the foot bridges between Coffman Union and Northrop Mall or at the crossing at Union Street between Amundson Hall and Molecular and Cellular Biology.

For complete information on the Central Corridor LRT project, visit the Central Corridor website.

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Huron/Washington/Ontario Closures Start Monday, March 12
Posted: 3/7/12
Updated 3/8/12: University Avenue at Huron is restricted to one lane beginning April 2 (not March 14)

The next construction season is gearing up to begin on the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit line that will travel through campus on Washington Avenue.  Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) wanted to give you advance notice about changes. 

HURON/WASHINGTON/ONTARIO CHANGES
These changes start on Monday, March 12 through the end of the summer.
1 - Washington Avenue will CLOSE between Oak Street and Huron Boulevard. 
2 - The Ontario Street at Washington Avenue intersection will be CLOSED.
3 - Local access for businesses will still be available.

PARTIAL CLOSURE OAK STREET
For a shorter timeframe (March 12 until May 12), northbound Oak Street will CLOSE between Delaware and Beacon Streets. The southbound lane of Oak Street will remain open at all times.

Washington Avenue Ramp Parkers

Vehicles traveling northbound should take the Fulton to Harvard to Beacon Street detour.  Because East River Parkway can be congested, an alternative is to take Fulton to Oak to Delaware to Walnut to Beacon Street.

See map with detour route marked for March – May 2012: http://www.umn.edu/pts/maps/Library/pdf/Construction/2012WARdetour.pdf

HARVARD/WASHINGTON INTERSECTION
From May 14 through July 3, the Harvard Street intersection at Washington will close, so northbound vehicles will be re-routed Fulton to Oak to Delaware to Walnut to Beacon Street.

Oak Street Ramp Parkers

Vehicles will still be able to access the Oak Street Ramp via the northbound Ontario entrance or the Oak Street entrance. 

See map with detour route marked for March – May 2012:  http://www.umn.edu/pts/maps/Library/pdf/Construction/2012OSRdetour.pdf

See map for reserved stall contract parkers:
http://www.umn.edu/pts/maps/Library/pdf/Construction/2012OSRdetour_reservedstalls.pdf
For Your Information
Here are a few more noteworthy campus road closures/restrictions:
- University Avenue at Huron will be restricted to one lane in each direction (March 14-August 31) (April 2-September)
- 4th St SE at 23rd Avenue closes permanently and becomes a dead end from 25th Avenue (April 3)
- Huron Boulevard closes between Delaware and University Avenue (May 14-August 18)
- East River Parkway will close under the Washington Avenue Bridge for storm water work (May 14-August 10)

See a map of the campus area: http://www.umn.edu/pts/maps/Library/pdf/Construction/2012Construction.pdf

As always, these construction project dates are approximate and dependent on the weather.  Delays are possible.  This list does not include other road projects, such as City of Minneapolis or MNDOT.

Sign up to receive light rail construction updates via email. Visit www.centralcorridor.org and enter your email address in the yellow box on the upper right corner of the page.

If you have any questions, please call PTS customer service at 612-626-PARK.

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Campus Construction Season Starts Early With LRT
Posted: 2/23/12

The final year of heavy construction on the Central Corridor light rail transit project is about to begin.

The project ended 2011 on schedule at 45 percent complete. By the end of this year, work is to be 75 percent complete.

What to Expect On Campus During Construction This Year

The construction hotline remains the best number to call to resolve quickly any construction-related problems. The number is 651-602-1404.

For information about alternate access to businesses and other locations in the construction areas, motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and Metro Transit bus riders are encouraged to sign up for weekly construction updates via the project's listserv. Visit www.centralcorridor.org and go to the gray Stay Connected tab at the top left of the homepage. Visit www.metrotransit.org/construction for construction-related bus stop detours and bus stop closures during construction.

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I-94/Huron Boulevard Ramp Closes April 22 For 10 Days
Posted: 4/16/12

Motorists may experience delays and a detour as the ramp from westbound
I-94 to Huron Boulevard closes at 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 22.

During the closure, motorists will be detoured to the Riverside Avenue interchange to access eastbound I-94 and then Huron Boulevard. The ramp will reopen by the evening of Wednesday, May 2.

See map of the detour.

The ramp closure is needed for concrete rehabilitation and drainage work as part of the I-94 improvement project.

The I-94 improvement project between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul includes Smart Lane technology to improve safety and congestion. The project also includes resurfacing, which will create a smoother ride for motorists and extend the lifespan of the roadway, drainage improvements, bridge maintenance work, reconstruction of the shoulders, and realignment of the lanes.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

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Roadwork on 4th St. S Between 19th & 20th Avenues This Weekend
Posted: 4/25/12

On Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29, 4th St. S between 19th Avenue S and 20th Avenue S will be down to one lane of traffic. Traffic will flow both ways with a person directing traffic. Note: this weekend is Midwest Mountaineering's Outdoor Adventure Expo and two Ted Mann concert events, all drawing large crowds to the area.

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Westbound Lane Closure On I-94 Shifts Tonight, April 24
Posted: 4/25/12

Motorists may experience delays as the right lane closure of westbound I-94 shifts west in Minneapolis overnight on Tuesday, April 24.

The lane closure between Highway 280 and Huron Boulevard will be shifted and will close approximately between Huron Boulevard and Cedar Avenue. The shift will begin at 7:30 p.m. and is needed for crews to complete shoulder and pipe work through the corridor as part of the I-94 improvement project. The lane restriction will remain in place until approximately mid-June.

The I-94 improvement project between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul features Smart Lane technology to improve safety and congestion. The project also includes resurfacing, which will create a smoother ride for motorists and extend the lifespan of the roadway, drainage improvements, bridge maintenance work, reconstruction of the shoulders, and realignment of the lanes.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

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Second Eastbound I-94 Closure in Minneapolis Scheduled For April 27-30
Posted: 4/23/12

UPDATED 4/27: Eastbound I-94 closure in Minneapolis cancelled due to impending cold and wet weather -- it will be rescheduled for a later date this spring.

Motorists will experience delays and a detour on eastbound I-94 in Minneapolis between I-35W and Highway 280 as the roadway closes at 10 p.m. on Friday, April 27.

Ramp closures to and from eastbound I-94 throughout the closure limits will begin at 9 p.m. on April 27, including the ramp from northbound I-35W to eastbound I-94. Access will remain available to southbound I-35W; however, eastbound I-94 traffic will be reduced to a single lane before the Lowry tunnel, and motorists should expect delays.

During the full closure of the roadway, a posted detour will direct motorists to use northbound I-35W, eastbound Highway 36 and southbound I-35E to access eastbound I-94.

The roadway and all ramps will reopen by 5 a.m. on Monday, April 30.

NOTE: although this weekend closure of eastbound I-94 is in the area where a detour is being used for the ramp from westbound I-94 to Huron Blvd., that detour will remain available during the weekend closure. Motorists WILL be able to use the eastbound entrance ramp from Riverside Ave. to get to the eastbound exit ramp to Huron Blvd. Motorists will NOT have access to mainline eastbound I-94 from Riverside Ave. (sign will be posted).

The closure is needed as crews resurface the roadway as part of the I-94 improvement project. This is the last closure of eastbound I-94; two weekend closures of westbound I-94 will occur in the coming weeks, and updates will be made in advance of each closure. The work is weather dependent and may be rescheduled in the case of inclement weather.

The I-94 improvement project between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul features Smart Lane technology to improve safety and congestion. The project also includes resurfacing, which will create a smoother ride for motorists and extend the lifespan of the roadway, drainage improvements, bridge maintenance work, reconstruction of the shoulders, and realignment of the lanes.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

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Apr. 29 Campus Criterium Affects Some St. Paul Contract Parkers
Posted: 4/23/12

On Sunday, April 29, three parking lots on the St. Paul campus will be unavailable from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. due to the Annual Campus Criterium Bike Race. Those lots are SC109, SC169 and SC172. Both Buford Circle and Upper Buford Circle will be inaccessible to vehicle traffic during the race.

During this special event, those contract holders should park in Lot SC102 (corner of Buford and Gortner) or Lot SC175 (corner of Dudley and Cleveland). Remember to display your contract hangtag to park. 

Signs will be posted as a reminder of the bike race.

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

Thank you for your cooperation during this Sunday closure.

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Join Us "Behind the Big Wheel" On April 26
Posted: 4/20/12

Drivers of large vehicles and bicyclists share the road every day but rarely get an opportunity to see the road through each other's eyes.

In this special demonstration event on Thursday, April 26 from 12-15 - 1 p.m. on 6th Street SE west of 25th Avenue, bicyclists & pedestrians will be able to get behind the wheel of a big rig or bus, sit in the driver's seat, and check blind spots while bikes & pedestrians walk in the street below.

More information is online.

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17th Avenue Closes On April 23 For Four Days
Posted: 4/19/12

From Monday, April 23 through Thursday, April 26, 17th Avenue SE will be closed for one block between University Avenue and 4th Street. This closure is necessary to erect a tower crane for the nearby housing project.

For 4th Street Ramp parkers, PTS recommends using the alternate route of 15th Avenue SE to 5th Street SE (behind the parking ramp). 

For Washington Avenue Ramp parkers, if you typically exit campus travelling northwest on that route, PTS recommends this alternate route: leave the ramp, turn east on Beacon Street, north on Walnut Street, east on University Avenue, north on Oak Street and west on 4th Street.

See an East Bank campus map here: http://www1.umn.edu/pts/maps/Library/pdf/EBank.pdf

For pedestrians, the west sidewalk (next to the apartments) will remain open during this timeframe.

If you have any questions, please email parking@umn.edu or call customer service at 612-626-7275.

Thank you for your cooperation during this closure.

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I-94 Lowry Tunnel Closes Overnight April 16, 17
Posted: 4/12/12

Motorists will experience delays and full closures of I-94 in Minneapolis as the Lowry Tunnel is closed overnight in both directions for washing on April 16 and April 17.

The closures will take place between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Motorists will be detoured around the closure via the prohibited vehicle route.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit 511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

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Sat. 4/14 Campus Event Impacts Parking
Posted: 4/11/12

Goldy’s Run on SATURDAY, April 14 will involve some access challenges for those coming to campus on that morning.

For approximately one hour around 7:30 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.

During the race, University Avenue will have lane restrictions and certain campus streets will be closed entirely.  Washington Avenue Ramp contract holders have been encouraged to come from the south (I-94 to Fulton to Harvard to Beacon).

From the intersection at Huron Boulevard & 23rd Avenue, westbound University will be closed.  University Avenue Ramp contract parkers have been advised to continue north to 6th Street, take a left and detour around the north side of the Stadium, take a right on 4th Street, go left on 18th Avenue, and turn left onto University to get into the University Avenue Ramp.

Northrop and Nolte Garage contract parkers have been reassured that their garage will be open for use and to exercise patience during brief periods of time when runners may affect the drive to and around campus.

Lot C7/C16/C19/C20/C21/C38/C39/C46/C47/C48/C49 contract parkers have been re-located to the 4th Street Ramp for parking needs prior to 10:30 a.m.

Goldy’s Run at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus includes a 10 mile run, a 5K and a kid’s 1K run.  The various race courses will take participants through campus and the surrounding streets with all events finishing inside TCF Bank Stadium by 10:30 a.m.

For more information on this event, please visit the website: http://www.goldysrun.com/.

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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East River Parkway Impacted Wednesday, April 11
Posted: 4/11/12

On Wednesday, April 11, the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit project will be pouring the deck of the Washington Avenue Bridge and will have trucks on the west side of East River Parkway.

Traffic may be restricted to one lane. Flaggers will direct traffic throughout the day, if space is limited.

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PTS Online Products Unavailable Weekend of April 14
Posted: 4/10/12

Due to relocation of some servers on campus, PTS products that are orderable online will be unavailable this weekend (April 14-15). This includes the student parking lottery, U-Pass/Metropass purchases, departmental parking reservations, and budget charge card requests.

PTS apologizes for the inconvenience.

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Eastbound I-94 Closure in Minneapolis Scheduled for April 13-16
Posted: 4/5/12

Motorists will experience delays and a detour on eastbound I-94 in Minneapolis between I-394 and Highway 55/Hiawatha Avenue as the roadway closes at 10 p.m. on Friday, April 13.

Ramp closures to and from eastbound I-94 throughout the closure location will begin at 9 p.m.on April 13. During the full closure of the roadway, motorists are advised to follow posted detours or use alternate routes.

In addition, the ramp from eastbound I-94 to southbound Highway 55/Hiawatha Avenue will be closed. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes to access Highway 55/Hiawatha Avenue.

The roadway and all ramps will reopen by 5 a.m. on Monday, April 16.

The closure is needed for crews to resurface the roadway as part of the I-94 improvement project. Three more weekend closures will occur in the coming months, and updates will be made in advance of each closure. The work is weather permitting and may be rescheduled in the case of inclement weather.

The I-94 improvement project between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul includes resurfacing, which will create a smoother ride for motorists and extend the lifespan of the roadway. The project also includes drainage improvements, bridge maintenance work, reconstruction of the shoulders, realignment of the lanes and Smart Lane technology to improve safety and congestion.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

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Long-term Right Lane Closure on Westbound I-94 Begins Tonight 3/26
Posted: 3/26/12

Motorists may experience delays as the right lane of westbound I-94 between Highway 280 and Huron Boulevard in Minneapolis closes overnight on Monday, March 26.

The lane restriction will begin at approximately 9 p.m. and is needed for crews to complete shoulder and pipe work through the corridor as part of the I-94 improvement project. The lane restriction will remain in place until approximately mid-June.

The I-94 improvement project between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul includes resurfacing, which will create a smoother ride for motorists and extend the lifespan of the roadway. The project also includes drainage improvements, bridge maintenance work, reconstruction of the shoulders, realignment of the lanes and Smart Lane technology to improve safety and congestion.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

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Daytime Lane Closures on Eastbound I-94 Scheduled For March 22-23
Posted: 3/21/12

Motorists may experience delays as the right lane of eastbound I-94 between Huron Boulevard and Highway 280 in Minneapolis is closed Thursday, March 22 and Friday, March 23.

The lane closure will occur between 6:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day. The restrictions are needed for crews to complete electrical work along the roadway. The work is weather permitting and will be rescheduled in the case of inclement weather.

The I-94 improvement project between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul includes resurfacing, which will create a smoother ride for motorists and extend the lifespan of the roadway. The project also includes drainage improvements, bridge maintenance work, reconstruction of the shoulders, realignment of the lanes and smart lane technology to improve safety and congestion.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

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I-35W/4th Street SE Ramp Closure Begins March 10 For Two Weeks
Posted: 3/7/12

Minneapolis motorists may encounter delays and a detour as the ramp from 4th Street SE to northbound I-35W closes at 6 a.m. on Saturday, March 10.

The ramp will be closed until Friday, March 23. During the closure, posted detours will direct motorists north to New Brighton Boulevard in order to access northbound I-35W.

The closure is needed as part of city of Minneapolis water main work beneath the roadway.

For real-time traveler information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

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I-94 Lane Closures Scheduled March 10; Lane Restrictions Re-Scheduled From March 6
Posted: 3/7/12
Updated 3/9/12 (see bold areas below)

Motorists may experience delays as lane closures on westbound I-94 in Minneapolis and St. Paul occur on Saturday, March 10.

The left lane of westbound I-94 will close between Cleveland Avenue and Franklin Avenue at 6 a.m., along with the ramp from southbound Highway 280 to westbound I-94. The ramp will remain closed for approximately three hours, and motorists are advised to use alternate routes to access westbound I-94. At approximately mid-morning, the left lane closure will be removed and the two right lanes will close in the same location. All restrictions are expected to be removed at approximately 2 p.m. March 10.

The lane closures are needed for restriping in order to shift traffic toward the inside of the roadway for retaining wall and overhead sign work that will occur on the north side of the interstate. The traffic shift was previously scheduled for overnight March 6 but has been rescheduled to allow for restriping during warmer daytime temperatures. The striping for the traffic shift on March 10 is weather permitting.

All lanes will be maintained during the retaining wall and sign work, though overnight lane closures may continue to occur as needed.

Further traffic impacts are expected throughout the spring and summer as construction activities resume. Updates will be made as activities progress.

The I-94 improvement project between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul includes resurfacing, which will create a smoother ride for motorists and extend the lifespan of the roadway. The project also includes drainage improvements, bridge maintenance work, reconstruction of the shoulders, realignment of the lanes and Smart Lane technology to improve safety and congestion.

For real-time traveler information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

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I-94 Overnight Lane Closures Scheduled March 5-6
Posted: 3/5/12
Updated: 3/7/12 --- RE-SCHEDULED (see above)

Motorists may experience delays as lane closures on I-94 in Minneapolis and St. Paul occur overnight Monday, March 5 and Tuesday, March 6.

On Monday, March 5, the left lane of westbound I-94 between Cretin Avenue/Vandalia Street and Franklin Avenue from 8 p.m. until midnight to move barriers. Two lanes on eastbound I-94 will also be closed between Hamline Avenue and Victoria Street from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. for electrical work.

On Tuesday, March 6, alternating lane closures will occur on westbound I-94 between Cleveland Avenue and Franklin Avenue from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. March 7 for a traffic shift. Brief closures of the ramp from westbound I-94 to northbound Highway 280 or the ramp from Cretin Avenue/Vandalia Street to westbound I-94 may also occur overnight as needed.

Westbound I-94 traffic near Highway 280 will be shifted to the inside starting early March 7 for retaining wall and overhead sign work on the north side of the roadway, but all lanes will be maintained during the work. Overnight lane closures may continue to occur as needed.

Further traffic impacts are expected throughout the spring and summer as construction activities resume. Updates will be made as activities progress.

The I-94 improvement project between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul includes resurfacing, which will create a smoother ride for motorists and extend the lifespan of the roadway. The project also includes drainage improvements, bridge maintenance work, reconstruction of the shoulders, realignment of the lanes and smart lane technology to improve safety and congestion.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

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Public Open House On March 6 Gathers Opinions on Light Rail/Bus Impact
Posted: 3/1/12

Join us at an open house to learn more about the transit service study for Central Corridor light rail line, potential changes and provide your opinions to those who are developing the service plan. Read details about the study and next steps.

Tuesday, March 6, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Coffman Memorial Union – lower level near Marketplace dining
300 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis

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3/5 Public Meeting Previews Construction Season About To Begin
Posted: 2/28/12

With the spring/summer construction season starting this month, the University invites you to attend an informational public meeting about changes happening on West Bank, East Bank, and Stadium Village.

Monday, March 05, 2012
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Grace University Lutheran Church, 324 Harvard St. SE, Minneapolis

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Technology Update!
Art Museum Garage Goes Automated On Feb. 20
Posted: 2/20/12

As of Monday, February 20, the Art Museum Garage began using automated pay machines at the exit.

The new machines allow customers to pay by cash or credit card. An attendant will be on hand for the next week to assist customers with the transition.

Signs are posted.

This is the third location to be converted on campus. The 21st Avenue Ramp was first. Lot 37 was second.

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Beacon Street Has Lane Restrictions on February 20
Posted: 2/15/12

On Monday, February 20, Beacon Street will be limited to one lane of traffic from approximately 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. This is due to a major concrete pour at the Rec Center Expansion project.

Concrete pumping trucks will be set up on the north side of Beacon.

Flag persons will be on both ends of this area to continually direct traffic flow. Two way traffic will be able to use Beacon at all times. However, there will be a pinch point where only one vehicle at a time will be able to travel through the one lane zone.

Scholar's Walk will remain open at all times.

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Technology Update!
Lot 37 Goes Automated On Feb. 2

NEW! Starting on Thursday, February 2, Lot 37 (the daily lot north of Mariucci Arena) will begin operating with automated pay machines at the exit.

The new machines allow customers to pay by cash or credit card. Previously, this was a cash-only parking facility. Event parking remains cash only and those attendees will pay upon entering.

An attendant will be on hand for the next week to assist customers with the transition.

Signs will be posted.

This is the second location to be converted on campus. The 21st Avenue Ramp was first.

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RFID Currently Available For Bicyclists On Campus
Posted 1/06/12

Have you heard about Biking & RFID at the U?

The U's new Bike Center serves as the base for an innovative RFID system, which permits bicyclists, who install an identity tag on their bikes, to earn benefits and incentives, such as reduced costs for tune-ups and commuter goods by simply validating their bike trips.

It also is tied to the U's Wellness Points Bank Program where employees can earn points in 2012 to reduce their UPlan Medical Program rates in 2013.

Stop by the bike center with your bicycle during normal business hours and get your tag installed today.

Map of RFID Reader Locations

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One Block of Washington Avenue Re-Opens Between Oak and Walnut
Posted: 12/01/11

Washington Avenue is now open to traffic both east and westbound between Oak and Walnut Streets.

The intersection at Walnut Street and Washington Avenue is also open to north and southbound traffic.

See map to Washington Avenue Ramp.

The pedestrian walkway on the east side of the Harvard and Washington intersection has been restored as well as the east side walkway to the front door of the Transportation & Safety Building.

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Northbound I-35W Ramp To Johnson Street Closes December - February
Posted: 12/01/11

Motorists will experience minor delays on northbound Interstate 35W in Minneapolis as the ramp to Johnson Street closes on Monday, December 5.

The ramp closure is needed as crews rehabilitate a storm tunnel beneath Broadway Avenue, adjacent to the Johnson Street ramp.

Motorists may still reach Johnson Street via the Stinson Boulevard/New Brighton Boulevard exit, just south of the Johnson Street exit.

The entire project is expected to be completed, and the ramp reopened, by February 17, 2012.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit 511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

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New Parking Meters Accepting Credit Cards Installed Around Campus
Posted: 11/11/11

Have you noticed the new parking meters on campus? The University is updating its parking meters from traditional coin meters to newer solar-powered meters that accept credit cards (Mastercard, Visa, Discover, and American Express) or coins.

The rate at all meters increases from $1.25 per hour to $2 per hour (special events may incur higher rates).

As a reminder, departments can reserve meters for $16 per day per meter (increased from $13) by contacting PTS via email at parking@umn.edu at least three business days in advance.

Some traditional coin-only meters with a 20- or 30-minute time limit (as well as several smaller pocket locations around campus) will not change to the credit card option. A few examples of this are the meters behind Coffman Memorial Union, near McNamara Alumni Center, and east of Fraser Hall. Find out more details on the Parking Meters page.

The new credit card meters are planned for 288 out of 355 meters on campus.

The benefits of the new credit card meters include increased ease of use for parking on campus and the ability to increase the maximum time limit on the meters for parking for events.

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Access Along Beacon Street Limited On January 31

On Tuesday, January 31, 2012, Beacon Street will be limited to one lane of traffic from approximately 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. This is due to a major concrete pour at the Rec Center Expansion project.

Flag persons will be on both ends of this area to continually direct traffic flow. Two way traffic will be able to use Beacon at all times. However, there will be a pinch point where only one vehicle at a time will be able to travel through the one lane zone.

Scholar's Walk will remain open.

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Huron Boulevard Lane Closure, Power Outage on Jan. 31
Posted 1/26/12

On Tuesday, January 31 between noon and 2 p.m., the northbound curb lane will be closed on Huron Boulevard at the 515 Huron construction site. One northbound lane and both southbound lanes should remain open.

Excel will be shutting off power in order to place some precast structures for the construction project.

Traffic signals at the following intersections will be shut off:

The City of Minneapolis will place stop signs at these intersections, and there will be Minneapolis off-duty police officers at these intersections to direct traffic and pedestrians. Please plan extra travel time.

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