Street resurfacing begins in downtown Minneapolis

The City of Minneapolis is moving ahead on work to repave many Downtown streets. This week, crews are resurfacing 3rd Street South.  By October, more than 50 blocks of Downtown streets will have smoother driving surfaces for everyone who lives in and visits the heart of Minneapolis.

The affected streets will get a mill and overlay treatment, a process that involves removing the top layer of asphalt and replacing it with a new driving surface. This work should extend the lives of these streets by a decade. Bicycle lanes will be added to some of the streets, improving bike access to downtown.

Drivers should be aware that there will be periodic closings and detours throughout downtown Minneapolis as this paving work takes place. However, much of the construction will take place during non-peak traffic hours. Plus, weekday construction will generally be performed on one side of the street at a time so the other side can remain open to traffic.

This resurfacing work is in addition to street construction being performed by Hennepin County this summer. Stretches of Park and Washington avenues are being resurfaced by County crews this summer. When you factor in these and other City and County paving and seal coating projects, more than half of all streets in the downtown core will have a driving surface that’s three years old or less by autumn.

The City's downtown street resurfacing work will take place on the following streets:

Many of the streets being resurfaced by the City were used as detour routes after the Aug. 1, 2007 collapse of the I-35W Bridge over the Mississippi River. These streets suffered more wear and tear than usual. As a result, $2.3 million in Federal Highway Administration emergency relief funding is going towards resurfacing these thoroughfares. Additional resurfacing is part of a High-Volume Corridor Reconditioning project, which targets streets identified as among the busiest Downtown.

Published Jul 29, 2011