Lane restrictions downtown begin April 27 along portions of 3rd and 4th streets

Beginning Monday, April 27, both 3rd and 4th streets south in downtown Minneapolis will be restricted to two lanes at 2nd Avenue. This lane restriction is required to permit concrete paving on 2nd Avenue, which will begin on Tuesday, April 28, weather permitting. This work is expected to take approximately three to four weeks to complete. Other cross-streets in the project area may also have short-term lane restrictions for utility work. One lane will remain open on both Marquette and 2nd Avenue to provide access to properties.

This work is part of the reconstruction of Marquette and 2nd avenues, also known as MARQ2, which will add additional transit lanes, widen sidewalks, and improve the streetscape. The new transit lanes will dramatically increase the number of buses that will be able to use Marquette and 2nd avenues, and will significantly decrease the time it takes buses to get through downtown.

Drivers in downtown Minneapolis should expect traffic delays throughout the year as MARQ2 enters its final and most extensive phase of construction. MARQ2 construction began last year, with utility work and paving on five of the northernmost blocks along these downtown streets. This year’s construction began where last year’s left off and will generally work its way from north to south. All work will be completed by December 2009, as required by federal funding.

Published Apr 24, 2009