City starting reconstruction of Eighth Street in downtown Minneapolis

Hennepin Avenue to Second Avenue will close for vehicles; access for pedestrians and businesses will be maintained

Beginning Monday, April 22, the City will close Eighth Street between Hennepin Avenue and Second Avenue to vehicle traffic as work ramps up for the Eighth Street Reconstruction Project, which will make significant improvements to infrastructure along the corridor.

Eighth Street is an important project to be delivered as a result of the landmark agreement passed by the City Council in 2016 that provides a significant investment in the City’s aging infrastructure.

Reconstruction work on the first section of Eighth Street from Hennepin Avenue to Marquette Avenue is expected to be completed mid-summer. Local access for businesses and pedestrians will remain during construction.

Once completed, the new Eighth Street will have widened sidewalks, enhanced transit service, improved crosswalks and new landscaping.

Eighth Street bus routes have already been detoured to Sixth Street and will remain so for the duration of the reconstruction project. For more information and to sign up for project updates, visit the project’s website.

The City will continue to monitor traffic conditions and implement congestion mitigation strategies as necessary to minimize impacts. Visit to sign up for traffic alerts and get traveling tips.


An illustration of a reconstructed Eighth Street.

Published Apr 19, 2019



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