Southbound lanes of Third Avenue in downtown Minneapolis closed this weekend
Starting Saturday, July 9, the northbound lanes of Third Avenue South in downtown Minneapolis will close for one block as crews continue to work on the street’s redesign. These lanes are expected to reopen to traffic Sunday morning. All cross streets will remain open during the construction. Drivers should follow the marked detours (see “detour routes map”).
From 7 a.m. Saturday July 9 through 6 a.m. Sunday July 10 crews will remove the median on Third Avenue between Fourth and Fifth streets. During this time, northbound traffic will be detoured and southbound traffic will be reduced to one lane.
Starting at 7 a.m. Monday July 11, crews will pave where the median was removed. Third Avenue between Fourth and Fifth streets will be reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction. This work is scheduled to be completed by 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 12.
Southbound Third Avenue between Fifth Street and Sixth Street will continue to have one lane closed for the remainder of the week.
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.
The Third Avenue project is part of “The Minneapolis Big Build,” a $2 billion collection of major projects that are transforming Minneapolis, adding new facilities, new green space, and new public amenities that will enhance Minneapolis for everyone who lives, works, visits, and plays here. To learn more, visit www.MplsBuild.com.
Published Jul 8, 2016