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Eastbound I-94 Between Hwy 280 and I-35E Closes For July 31 Weekend

Union Street Lane Closure Starts Monday, July 20

Lane Closures on I-394 in Minneapolis, Golden Valley Begin July 10

U of M Receives National Award for Energy Efficiency in Parking Structures

Franklin Avenue Bridge Traffic Reduced to One Lane

Summer Means Changes For Campus Shuttle Service

New Secure Bike Parking Inside Washington Avenue Ramp

Pleasant Street Closed From University to Arlington This Summer

 

new shuttle routes coming soon August 31, 2015

 

Eastbound I-94 Between Hwy 280 and I-35E Closes For July 31 Weekend
Posted: 7/30/15

Eastbound I-94 between Hwy 280 and I-35E will be closed from 10 p.m. on Friday, July 31 until 5 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 3.

Eastbound I-94 ramps between Hwy 280 and I-35E also will be closed.

Westbound I-94 between Lexington Avenue and Cretin Avenue will have the left lane closed from 10 p.m. on Friday until 5 a.m. on Monday

These closures are part of the Snelling Avenue bridge project.

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Union Street Lane Closure Starts Monday, July 20
Posted: 07/16/15

Beginning on Monday, July 20, drivers will find the right traffic lane closed on southbound Union Street SE (along the public entrance to the Washington Avenue Ramp). See East Bank map.

This Keller Hall project includes a crane and construction staging materials in that right drive lane. Workers will be removing and replacing brickwork, repairing windows, and changing joints on the facades.

Completion of phase 1 of the project is expected in mid-October.

The Beacon Street contract-only entrance to the Washington Avenue Ramp will remain open and unaffected by this work.

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

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Lane Closures on I-394 in Minneapolis, Golden Valley Begin July 10
Posted: 07/10/15

Motorists on westbound Interstate 394 through Minneapolis and Golden Valley will encounter slow moving traffic on July 10.  The closures are necessary so crews can repair the concrete.

Beginning 10 p.m. on Friday, July 10, construction crews will close the mainline lanes on westbound I-394 between Highway 100 and I-94. During the closure, all westbound I-394 traffic between Highway 100 and I-94 will shift to the two HOV/Reversible Lanes. The mainline lanes of westbound I-394 will remain closed for approximately two weeks. 

There are several ramps that will also close, including:

During the day, crews will work on north Wayzata Boulevard between Theodore Wirth Parkway and Penn Avenue, and south Wayzata Boulevard between France Avenue and Penn Avenue (independently). The boulevards will remain open for traffic, but motorists should plan for slow moving traffic and periodic traffic stops. Crews will also be working overnight throughout the first weekend. Expect to hear construction noise in the area.  

Additionally on July 13, Lyndale Avenue over Dunwoody Boulevard/Hennepin Avenue will close. Motorists will be detoured to Dunwoody Boulevard, Hennepin Avenue, 12th Street and Linden Avenue to bypass the closure. Lyndale Avenue will be closed through September. 

For more information about the project or to sign up to receive email projects updates, visit the project website at mndot.gov/metro/projects/i394minneapolis/

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U of M Receives National Award for Energy Efficiency in Parking Structures
Posted: 07/06/15

 

The University of Minnesota accepted national recognition last week for its energy conservation successes through the Better Buildings Alliance’s Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign.

photo of 2015 LEEP award winners

The Better Buildings Alliance is a U.S. Department of Energy effort to promote energy efficiency in U.S. commercial buildings through collaboration with building owners, operators, and managers.

The University of Minnesota Gortner Avenue Ramp won two awards – one for the greatest percent of savings in a single structure (retrofit) and the other for the best use of lighting controls in a single parking facility.

These awards are based on two efficiency initiatives at the U of M.  The first focus is on the substantial lighting energy saved by replacing medium wattage sodium lights with low wattage LED fixtures.  The second is on the development of highly-efficient lighting controls.  Advanced sensor technology helps parking structures save energy by regulating the amount of artificial light emitted at certain times.

 “Thanks to these efforts, the Gortner Avenue Ramp is now nine times more efficient in terms of its energy use,” said Ross Allanson, director of Parking and Transportation Services at the University of Minnesota. “This project provides better color rendering and user perception with white versus yellow light.”

All 16 University of Minnesota parking structures will be upgraded by the end of 2015.  Compared to the current energy usage, it is estimated that the University will save around 475,000 per year once all the lights in the campus parking structures are updated.   Savings will continue to surface as average lighting maintenance costs decrease, due to the average 23-year life span of LED fixtures. 

Combined, all 18 2015 LEEP award winners along with the 12 2014 LEEP award winners, are saving nearly 30 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) and $3 million per year by upgrading to high efficiency lighting in over 200,000 parking spaces nationwide. 

The LEEP Campaign Awards Recognition event was on June 29 at the BOMA 2015 Every Building Conference & Expo in Los Angeles, California.

“It might only take one person to change a light bulb, but it took dedicated efforts by the many thoughtful leaders of LEEP award winners to demonstrate how much can be gained through advanced, cost effective lighting technologies in parking lots and garages,” said Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, David Danielson. “These innovative solutions also enhance safety and improve working conditions for customers, tenants and employees.”

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY
The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus is the third largest traffic generator in Minnesota.  The U of M’s Parking and Transportation Services department is committed to establishing, maintaining and improving a comprehensive transportation system that reduces congestion, eases accessibility and enhances a friendly university community. For more information about the University of Minnesota parking lighting project, please visit http://www.umn.edu/pts/park/lightingproject.html.

ABOUT LEEP & BETTER BUILDINGS ALLIANCE
To date, more than 140 U.S. businesses and organizations are participating in the campaign and planning or installing energy efficient lighting in their parking lots and garages. In the past year, these organizations have committed to install efficient lighting across more than 470 million square feet of parking space – cutting energy use on average by 60 percent. Another 160 organizations are signed up as LEEP Campaign Supporters. 

Learn more about Better Buildings Alliance technology campaigns including the Interior Lighting Campaign (ILC) focused on high efficiency indoor troffer lighting solutions and the Advanced Roof-top Unit Campaign supporting building owners in the replacement or retrofit of the nation’s aging heating and cooling technologies installed on roofs of many of U.S. commercial buildings.

As a cornerstone of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, Better Buildings aims to make commercial, public, industrial, and residential buildings 20 percent more energy efficient over the next decade. This means saving billions of dollars on energy bills, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and creating thousands of jobs. Through Better Buildings, public and private sector organizations across the country we are working together to share and replicate positive gains in energy efficiency and catalyze change and investment in energy efficiency. Read more about Better Buildings partner results, and the innovative solutions being shared with others in the Better Buildings Solution Center.

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Franklin Avenue Bridge Traffic Reduced to One Lane
Posted: 06/08/15

On Monday, June 8, 2015, contractors will extend restoration work to the underside of the Franklin Avenue Bridge.  Motor vehicle traffic will be reduced to a single lane in each direction across the Mississippi River to install platforms for worker access under the bridge deck.

Bicyclists and pedestrians will be routed along a side of the bridge deck.  Bicyclists should use the on-road bike lane behind the concrete barriers that separate traffic from the work zone.   Pedestrians will have a sidewalk for use. Bicyclists and pedestrians will need to follow signage for available access.

Once the bridge restoration is complete in Fall 2016, the new design will continue to provide a single lane in each direction for motorists.

Please direct any questions or comments to the project hotline: 888.474.8929 or by email at franklinbridge@hennepin.us.

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Summer Means Changes For Campus Shuttle Service
Posted: 5/14/15

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!

Campus Connector
Buses run from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. every 15 minutes from Monday, May 18 through Friday, June 12, 2015 (Intersession). The last bus departs from the St. Paul Student Center at 6 p.m. and the last bus is out of Blegen Hall at 6:05 p.m.

NOTE: There will be no service on Monday, May 25 for the University holiday (Memorial Day).

From Monday, June 15 through Friday, August 7 (Summer Session), Campus Connectors run every 15 minutes from 7 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. The last bus leaves St. Paul Student Center at 9:30 p.m. and the last bus leaves Blegen Hall at 9:35 p.m.

For the summer vacation period, Monday, August 10 through Tuesday, September 1, Campus Connectors will run 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. every 15 minutes. The last bus leaves St. Paul Student Center at 6 p.m. and the last bus leaves Willey Hall at 6 p.m.

NOTE: There will be no service on Friday, July 3 for the 4th of July holiday.

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

East Bank Circulator
Buses run from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. every 20 minutes from Monday, May 18 through Tuesday, September 1. The last bus leaves Jones Hall at 6 p.m. There will be no service on Monday, May 25 or Friday, July 3 for the University holidays (Memorial Day and 4th of July).

St. Paul Campus Circulator
These buses will not operate from Monday, May 18 – Friday, June 12.

Regular 15-minute service resumes Monday, June 15 (no service on Friday, July 3) and ends again on Friday, August 7.

St. Paul Circulators will not run from Saturday, August 8 through Monday, September 7.

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New Secure Bike Parking Inside Washington Avenue Ramp
Posted: 05/11/15

New secure bicycle parking is now available inside the Washington Avenue Ramp.  The cost is $85 per year (about $7 a month). 

Learn more, see photos and/or request a contract.

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Pleasant Street Closed From University to Arlington This Summer
Posted: 05/04/15

From May 18 – August 28, Pleasant Street from University Avenue to Arlington Street will be closed to all vehicle and bicycle traffic, due to complete reconstruction of Pleasant Street.

Learn more about the Pleasant Street project.

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