Washington Avenue on U of M campus permanently closing to traffic

The City of Minneapolis is reminding local travelers that Washington Avenue, from Pleasant Street to Walnut Street on the University of Minnesota campus, will be permanently closed to vehicle traffic after this weekend. The closure is part of Metropolitan Council’s Central Corridor light-rail construction, and crews will be converting the street into a transit and pedestrian mall.

On Sunday, May 15, barricades will be delivered to Washington Avenue late in the day. Central Corridor construction crews will move those barricades into place just after midnight, closing the street to all vehicle traffic. Drivers who use Washington Avenue to drive through campus should use alternative routes and follow all posted detours.

Monday’s closure will also include Washington Avenue from Walnut Street to Oak Street, although that block will re-open to traffic once the transit and pedestrian mall is completed.

The Washington Avenue Bridge over the Mississippi River will stay open throughout most of construction, although some evening or weekend closures may be needed.

For more information on the Central Corridor light-rail project, go to www.centralcorridor.org and click on "East Bank 2011 Construction Overview."

Published May 13, 2011