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Minneapolis closes several streets for City of Lakes Loppet Jan. 31 - Feb. 2

Jan. 30, 2014 (MINNEAPOLIS) Tens of thousands of participants and spectators are expected for this weekend’s City of Lakes Loppet Festival happening around Theodore Wirth Park and the Chain of Lakes. Drivers should plan ahead for street closures along the race course from Friday, Jan. 31 – Sunday, Feb. 2. The longest race, the Loppet Skate, is a 42-kilometer course that winds its way along Theodore Wirth Park, through the woods, over parkways, across lakes, and ends at West Lake Street and West Calhoun Parkway.  

Major road closures for the weekend include:

West Lake Calhoun Parkway between Lake Street and 36th Street

 •Closed Friday from 6 p.m. – Sunday at 10 p.m.

 Glenwood Avenue from Wirth Parkway to Xerxes Avenue

 •Closed Saturday from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 •Closed Sunday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 Theodore Wirth Parkway from Interstate 394 to Glenwood Avenue

 •Closed Saturday from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 •Closed Sunday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 Wirth Parkway between Highway 55 and Plymouth Avenue

 •Closed Saturday from 7 a.m. – 11 a.m.

 •Closed Sunday from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 Wirth Parkway between Plymouth Avenue and Golden Valley Road/Duluth Street

 •Closed Saturday from 7 a.m. – 11 a.m.

 •Closed Sunday from 7 a.m. – 11 a.m.

 Drivers should use alternate routes and watch for pedestrian traffic near the course routes. For more details on the City of Lakes Loppet, including a list of events, start times, course maps, and parking and other visitor information, visit

Published Jan 30, 2014