City to test out late-night traffic plan for Warehouse District  

City leaders outlined plans today for a pilot project the weekend of Oct. 28 designed to improve traffic flow in the Warehouse District around bar closing time.

The pilot project is part of a larger collaboration that includes several downtown stakeholders working on enhancing the vibrancy of Minneapolis’ dynamic nightlife experience.

Traffic control agents and business licensing inspectors will be stationed at designated entry points on Third and Sixth streets to ensure only transportation network vehicles (TNCs), limos and taxis will be allowed to enter the restricted area on First and Hennepin Avenues around bar closing time. The restricted area will be closed to other motorists except for those leaving the area. All vehicles entering the designated access points will need to be clearly marked and have proper permits. Metro Transit buses will also be allowed to enter the designated access points.

Permanent parking restrictions will also go into effect starting Friday on Third Street North. Stopping or parking will not be allowed after 11 p.m. on both sides of Third Street between Hennepin Avenue and 2nd Avenue North Friday through Sunday nights.

Food trucks will also be part of the pilot project weekend, adding another late-night dining option in the Warehouse District.

The pilot project comes out of work the City and business stakeholders have been collaborating on following recommendations from a recent assessment of downtown’s late-night scene.

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Published Oct 25, 2016