Plan ahead for a busy weekend in Minneapolis

Minneapolis will draw thousands of visitors for events this weekend, and the City of Minneapolis wants to make sure folks plan ahead as they enjoy all the city has to offer. Saturday night, July 11 will be especially busy, when the Basilica Block Party, a concert at Target Center, and a Minnesota Twins game will all happen Downtown. Saturday morning, residents and visitors should also be aware of the closure of Minnehaha Parkway for the Lifetime Fitness triathlon.

People driving into Downtown should plan extra time to get where they’re going, and consider taking transit, biking, or walking if possible. The City of Minneapolis will have traffic control officers helping direct traffic in busy areas, but drivers should still expect some delays at peak times. Because many Minneapolis streets and neighborhoods are particularly active in the summer, drivers are reminded to slow down, watch for pedestrians and bikes, and show common courtesy to others who share the roads.

Minnehaha Parkway closure

Saturday, July 11, Minnehaha Parkway will be closed for the Lifetime Fitness triathlon from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Some significant cross streets will still be open to allow traffic to cross the parkway, including Nicollet Avenue, Hiawatha Avenue, and Interstate 35W. The event also includes closures on Nokomis Parkway, West River Parkway, and Lake Harriet Parkway. Minneapolis has been working to inform as many people as possible about the closures ahead of time. Temporary signs have been posted along the parkways for the past week, and several dozen police and traffic control agents will also be along the route during the event to help direct traffic.

Downtown construction

While most streets in Downtown are open to normal traffic, there are two areas in particular that drivers should be aware of. The 12th Street exit from Interstate 394 is closed for construction, so drivers from the west should plan on using one of the several other I-394 downtown exits. Continuing work on Marquette and Second avenues mean some lane restrictions are in place at cross streets through Downtown, although there are no complete closures.

July 10, 2009

Published Jul 10, 2009