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Traffic Affected by Accident Near Huron, University

Posted: 10/18/17 @ 3:08 p.m.

An accident in the area of Huron Boulevard and University Avenue has occurred around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, October 18.

Traffic will be impacted as reconstruction efforts close the area.

3:20 p.m. -- Update! Traffic going eastbound on University Avenue is being diverted south on Huron Boulevard.

Don't Get Towed! Fall Street Sweeping Starts October 17 in Minneapolis

Posted: 10/16/17

On Tuesday, October 17 through the middle of November, the City of Minneapolis will sweep every street from curb to curb.

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.

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 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.

Occasional Use Parking Contract Sales Begin October 2

Posted: 09/20/17

Due to October 1 falling on a Sunday this year, Occasional Use parking contract sales are delayed until the following work day, Monday, October 2, 2017.

The Parking & Transportation Services office is located at 511 Washington Avenue SE in the Transportation & Safety Building.  It is open from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Learn more about the Occasional Use parking contract.

I-35W/Lake Street Reconstruction Project Starts Monday, August 21

Posted: 08/18/17

The reconstruction project of I-35W between 43rd Street and downtown Minneapolis  is scheduled to start Monday, Aug. 21 with work beginning on the Portland Avenue bridge over I-94 and the Franklin Avenue bridge over I-35W.

 The entire project is estimated to take four and a half years and includes the following improvements:

  • Repairing and replacing bridges and pavement on I-35W
  • Constructing a new southbound ramp to Lake Street, and a new northbound ramp to 28th Street. 
  • Reconstructing Lake Street (Co. Rd 3) between Blaisdell Avenue and 5th Avenue.
  • Building a multi-level enclosed transit station with a pedestrian and bicycle connection between the Midtown Greenway north of Lake Street and 31st Street south of Lake Street. This station will be served by Orange Line Bus Rapid transit, express and local bus service.

This multi-year project will improve accessibility, safety and mobility in the corridor as well as provide better access to the Lake Street Business District and transit service on I-35W and Lake Street. 

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State rolls out first fully electric Bolts

KARE-11 / June 29, 2017

The first fully electric Chevrolet Bolts introduced in this region are now part of the State of Minnesota's fleet of vehicles. In fact several government agencies purchased a total 22 of the cars, some of which were on display Thursday at the State Capitol.  READ MORE

MSU bans moped parking at bike racks beginning fall 2017

The State News / April 26, 2017

Signs across campus were posted to inform students moped parking changes are taking place this week. Parking at bike racks will no longer be permitted come fall 2017.  READ MORE

Possible cuts to Twin Cities bus routes cause unease for UMN students

Minnesota Daily / April 25, 2017

Metro-area bus routes could be greatly reduced and fares increased by cuts to state funding.  READ MORE

UMN plan will cut rates for campus night parking

Minnesota Daily / April 17, 2017

After a push from the Student Senate, the University will reduce overnight parking costs.  READ MORE

15 years on, the bike and the Minneapolis rider endure

Star Tribune / April 6, 2017

This is one in an occasional series of profiles in brief of random cyclists encountered on the streets of the Twin Cities.  READ MORE

Norton: We need to promote, prepare for electric vehicles

Post Bulletin / February 26, 2017

Things are getting interesting -- and exciting -- in the transportation industry. Rochester can and should be a leader in supporting the infrastructure that is needed, especially with state Destination Medical Center funding coming our way.  READ MORE

Remembering Minnesota’s Freedom Riders

MinnPost / February 13, 2017

The Freedom Rides of 1961 began with thirteen riders traveling on two buses through the South.  READ MORE

UMN is nearly halfway toward its goal of cutting campus carbon emissions

Minnesota Daily / February 9, 2017

The University of Minnesota is halfway to meeting its goal of reducing campus carbon emissions 50 percent by 2020 — a benchmark the school first outlined in 2008.  READ MORE

Gopher Chauffeur adds wheelchair-accessible van

Minnesota Daily / January 24, 2017

After a year of planning and collaboration, a wheelchair accessible Gopher Chauffeur van made its debut Thursday night.  READ MORE

A bus in Rochester’s future / January 10, 2017

It usually carries around college students and staff but on Tuesday it served a different purpose in our area.  READ MORE

Student project benefits bicyclists

The Daily Illini / October 18, 2016

Whereas most freshman entering college are concerned about getting lost on campus, making friends and learning how to do laundry, Samantha Walter, Sarah Conroy, Mardy Hillengas and Karolina Urban had a bigger challenge on their plate. READ MORE

On a roll - Transforming Minneapolis into a bike-friendly city has been a bumpy but satisfying ride

Winnipeg Free Press / Sept. 3, 2016

Close to the midpoint of the Stone Arch Bridge, Robin Garwood crooks his arm to signal a stop and pulls his bike to a halt near the railing. READ MORE

What happens when a bicycle is left behind?

MinnPost / June 16, 2016

In college 20 years ago, I abandoned a bicycle. I was young, and on occasional pensive moments I look back with regret.READ MORE

You're Seeing Double and Sometimes Triple When It Comes to Goldy the Gopher, the University of Minnesota Mascot!

PR Newswire / June 7, 2016

University of Minnesota students, visitors, and staff are seeing more of their beloved mascot popping up throughout the campus during sporting and special events. READ MORE

How bad weather might impact tonight's Beyoncé concert

Star Tribune / May 23, 2016

She’s the Queen Bey, but she’s not the god of thunder. READ MORE

Beyonce will bring extra traffic to U of M campus Monday afternoon

Star Tribune / May 23, 2016

Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning recording artist Beyonce will draw a crowd of more than 40,000 to the University of Minnesota Monday afternoon, and that will put extra pressure on the traffic grid just as the afternoon commute gets underway. READ MORE

How Cities Clear Snow From Protected Bike Lanes: A Starter Guide

StreetsBlog USA / February 11, 2016

As protected bike lanes have spread from city to city across North America, a problem has followed: snow. READ MORE

Winter Cycling Congress comes to Twin Cities

MN Daily / February 02, 2016

A group of cold-weather cyclists will pedal into the Twin Cities just in time to sample Minnesota snow at their gathering this week. READ MORE

Ridership continues unabated

MN Daily / February 02, 2016

Despite a decrease in bus ridership, more people than ever are using Metro Transit as a means to commute between work, school and home, according to a Metro Transit press release. READ MORE