Block of Third Avenue in downtown Minneapolis closed this weekend
Starting the morning of Friday, June 17, one block of Third Avenue South in downtown Minneapolis will close for construction. This section is expected to reopen to traffic in time for Monday morning rush hour. All cross streets will remain open during the work. Drivers should follow the marked detours (see “detour routes map”).
Beginning at 7 a.m., Friday, June 17, crews will begin removing the median on Third Avenue South between Eighth Street and Ninth Street. During this time, northbound traffic will be detoured. One southbound lane will remain open Friday during this work. Northbound Third Avenue will reopen by 7 a.m. Monday, June 20.
In addition to this construction, crews will be working on underground water connections along Third Avenue. There will be lane closings on the street as a result.
Highlights of the Third Avenue redesign
The median removal work is part of a redesign of Third Avenue South in downtown Minneapolis. The completed project will:
- Install a protected bicycle lane, creating a north-south bicycle connection through Downtown.
- Modify the existing vehicle traffic lanes and turn lanes.
- Provide new greenery and an improved streetscape.
The City is coordinating with numerous development and street construction projects in the downtown area to minimize traffic backups as much as possible. Crews will continue to move north on Third Avenue removing the medians and paving throughout the 2016 construction season. Drivers should follow signed detours and expect changing detours as the project moves north on Third Avenue.
For additional information, visit the project website.
Published Jun 16, 2016