News & Alerts
News & Alerts
Homecoming Parade Closes University Ave on Friday Oct 21
The 2016 Homecoming Parade is on Friday, October 21. With the closure of University Avenue and other pre-parade staging activities, this annual event will have an effect on access around campus.
It will NOT be possible to cross University Avenue during the parade. It will be necessary to detour around the event. One recommendation is to take Pillsbury to Harvard to Fulton to Huron to get to I-94 or to take Pillsbury to Pleasant to Washington to get to I-35.
Between 6 and 8 p.m., it will NOT be possible to ENTER the University Avenue Ramp. During this time, drivers will be able to EXIT using the bus lane and going south on Walnut Street to Beacon Street. From there, take Beacon to Harvard to Pillsbury to Pleasant to Washington to get to I-35 OR you can use Beacon to Harvard to Fulton to Huron to get to I-94.
Note: there will be additional traffic in the area due to an 8 p.m. men's hockey game at Mariucci Arena.
View the parade route.
View an East Bank campus map.
Individuals with parking contracts will be emailed if their parking location is directly affected by this event.
If you have any questions, please call PTS customer service at 612-626-PARK.
Don't Get Towed! Fall Street Sweeping Starts October 18 in Minneapolis
On Tuesday, October 18 through the middle of November, the City of Minneapolis will sweep every street from curb to curb.
On or after October 14, you will be able to look up the specific date when your street is scheduled for sweeping.
From 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the day that your street is swept, your car MUST NOT be parked on the street or it will be towed. If your car is towed, it will be taken to the City impound lot and you will be charged a fine and towing fees (generally, $200+) to retrieve it.
Here's a video about what to look for during street sweeping, and how to MAKE SURE YOUR CAR DOES NOT GET TOWED.
24 hours before your street is to be swept, the city will post temporary "No Parking" signs on the street, but don't wait to see those signs. Look up the schedule online, after October 14 but BEFORE October 18 so that you will be prepared to move your car before the day the sweepers arrive on your street.
The City generally sweeps the streets twice each year--starting in mid-October in the Fall and in mid-April in the Spring. Mark these times on your calendar, and check the information on the City's street sweeping web page when the time is near.
Buses Replace Blue, Green Line Trains October 16
Buses will replace trains on Sunday, Oct. 16 during a partial shutdown on the METRO Blue and Green lines to allow for scheduled maintenance.
From 3:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16, buses will replace Blue Line trains between Lake Street/Midtown and Target Field stations and Green Line trains between Stadium Village and Target Field stations.
During the disruption, customers can board replacement buses near each affected station.
See maps for boarding locations
4th Street Ramp Service Road Temporarily Converted to One-Way Road
The service road on the west side of the 4th Street Ramp has been temporarily converted to a one-lane driveway until February 6, 2017, due to the 4th Street Ramp generator project.
The parking spaces and snow dump area WILL NOT be available during this time.
The service drive has been temporarily posted as one-way heading southbound ("Do Not Enter" signs are facing 4th Street).
New Ride-Sharing Company Replaces Zimride at U of M
The University of Minnesota is changing its ride-sharing contract. As of Friday, August 31, 2016, the Zimride network will no longer be in service. A new program will be launched in the fall. Thank you for your dedication to carpooling!
Raymond Avenue Closes between Standish St, Como Avenue This Fall
The City of St. Paul has scheduled reconstruction for the Raymond Avenue Phase III Paving Project this fall.
This work will be done in two stages. The first stage will be on Raymond Avenue between Standish Street and Como Avenue.
Starting on Tuesday, September 6 through Wednesday, November 23, the roadway will be closed to through traffic. Local access to homes and businesses will be maintained.
Vehicles will be detoured on Highway 280.
Access for pedestrians, bicycle traffic and emergency vehicles will be maintained throughout the project.
The second stage will be on Raymond Avenue between Energy Park Drive and Standish. This will occur in spring of 2017.
Project Inspector Mike Vanbeusekom from the City of Saint Paul will oversee this project. Mike’s contact information is 651-266-6083. Note that Mike’s phone does not accept emails or text messages. Please call and leave a voicemail message if necessary.
Updates will be made available by calling 651-266-ROAD (651-266-7623) or visiting the City’s website at http://www.stpaul.gov/construction.
Highway 36 Bridge Reconstruction Over Lexington Avenue Planned
In April, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will begin work on the Highway 36 project to replace the Highway 36 bridge with two new bridges to carry eastbound and westbound Hwy 36 traffic.
MnDOT will also reconstruct and resurface the ramps at Lexington Avenue and the westbound ramps at Hamline Avenue; resurface Highway 36 between Hamline Avenue and Victoria Street; and replace the two signal systems at the Lexington Avenue ramps.
Lexington Avenue will be closed at Highway 36 and detoured for up to five months during the project. Other ramps in the area also will close during a portion of the work.
When complete in November, the project will improve driver safety and accessibility; lessen congestion, provide smoother road surfaces, and extend the service life of Highway 36 and the bridges at Lexington Avenue.
For more information about the Highway 36 project along with closures and detours, please visit www.mndot.gov/metro/projects/hwy36roseville/ or for other transportation information, please visit www.mndot.gov.
Washington Avenue Pedestrian Bridge Project
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