East end of 6th Street in Downtown closed for repaving this weekend

The eastern end of 6th Street South in downtown Minneapolis will close to traffic this weekend as construction crews resurface the roadway. The street, from 5th Avenue South to the I-94 on ramp just east of 13th Avenue South, will shut down just after midnight the morning of Saturday, Sept. 11 and reopen in time for rush hour on Monday morning. The full closure will allow crews to resurface these eight blocks in two days, so it should not affect traffic on any weekday rush hours.

This portion of 6th Street feeds onto eastbound Interstate 94. Drivers who want to get onto eastbound I-94 should follow detour signs, which will take them to a freeway on ramp off of Cedar Avenue south of Downtown. Other I-94 on-ramps are also available, including the ramp from Olson Memorial Highway and the Hennepin/Lyndale ramp near Loring Park.

During the closure, traffic on 5th Avenue South, Park Avenue and Portland Avenue will be able to cross 6th Street. Through traffic on Chicago Avenue and 11th Avenue will be detoured. No Parking signs will also be posted 1 block on either side of 6th Street during the road closure where applicable.

This work is part of a comprehensive repaving of more than 50 blocks of streets in downtown Minneapolis. Affected roadways are getting 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.

Published Sep 8, 2011