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U of M Twin Cities Pedestrian Bridge Closes June 8, 2018

Posted: 06/08/18

The University of Minnesota closed the suspension pedestrian  bridge on June 8, 2018, due to structural deterioration discovered in a recent bridge inspection.  Deficiencies observed during the inspection limit the remaining service life of the bridge and cannot be repaired at a reasonable cost. The U of M chose to close the bridge now to protect the safety of all users.

The bridge will remain closed until it is removed, which is anticipated in 2019.  The alternate route is on East River Road and University Avenue sidewalks.

The pedestrian bridge served as a connection between Wilkins and Sanford Halls on the north (adjacent to University Avenue) and the Knoll area of campus on the south (adjacent to East River Road). The suspension bridge with steel span is over the BNSF Railway and the City of Minneapolis’ Dinkytown Greenway bike/walk trail and under the Xcel Energy overhead transmission lines. The approximate 176-foot span is 10 feet wide, and accommodates pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

Previously, the University hired a consultant to complete a pre-design study for the replacement of the bridge. Bridge #93837, as documented in the State’s bridge inventory, was originally constructed at another location. In 1996, the suspension bridge was modified and erected at its current location to provide a route to campus during Hennepin County’s reconstruction of the bridges over BNSF Railway in Dinkytown.

The University is currently considering the feasibility of the bridge replacement and that decision will be made this year. If the bridge is replaced, the likely construction year would be either 2019 or 2020.

Harvard Street at Delaware Street Closed From June 15-17

Posted: 06/04/18

Harvard Street will be closed from Delaware Street to the UMN Health Center entrance beginning Friday, June 15 at 5 a.m. through Sunday, June 17 for the HSEC tower crane installation. 

A temporary sidewalk will be installed on the east side of Harvard.  Signage will be in place to direct pedestrian and vehicle traffic.  

Installation is weather dependent so adjustments may need to be made and will be communicated if needed.

Harvard Street will be open by Monday, June 18 at 6:00 a.m.

Light Rail Replaced With Buses June 15-18

Posted: 06/01/18

Beginning Friday, June 15 at 6:15 p.m. until Monday, June 18 at 3:30 a.m., trains will be replaced by buses between Franklin Avenue and Target Field stations on the Blue Line and Raymond Avenue and Target Field stations on the Green Line.  This change will allow for routine maintenance work.

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North Church Street Reconstruction Starts May 14

Posted: 05/09/18

The North Church Street reconstruction project begins on May 14 and includes reconstruction of the street and green spaces between Washington Avenue and Lily Plaza.

Church Street will be closed to pedestrian and bike access for the summer.

In addition, the Church Street Garage will be closed to public parking from Monday, July 2 through Sunday, July 22.

Access to the Northrop Garage for contract parkers will be maintained via the current exit on Pleasant Avenue​.​ Any reciprocal parkers will need to use a pre-determined alternative parking location during this time.  Contract parkers will receive additional direct communication via email.

Learn more about the project and construction impacts >

If you have any questions about parking, please contact PTS Customer Service at 612-626-PARK or email pts@umn.edu.

Summer Means Changes For Campus Shuttle Service 

Posted: 05/07/18

The majority of students leave campus for the summer, but for those taking summer classes (and for staff and faculty still working), it’s important to keep the reduced campus shuttle schedule in mind!


Campus Connector 
Buses run from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday every 15 minutes from Monday, May 14 through Friday, June 8 (Intersession). The last bus departs from the St. Paul Student Center at 6 p.m. and the last bus is out of Blegen Hall at 6:05 p.m.

NOTE: There will be no service on Monday, May 28 for the University holiday (Memorial Day). There is no service on weekends.

From Monday, June 11 through Friday, August 3 (Summer Session), Campus Connectors run every 15 minutes Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. The last bus leaves St. Paul Student Center at 9:30 p.m. and the last bus leaves Blegen Hall at 9:35 p.m.

NOTE: There will be no service on Wednesday, July 4 for the 4th of July holiday. There is no service on weekends.

For the Summer Vacation period, Monday, August 6 through Tuesday, August 21, Campus Connectors will run 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. every 15 minutes. The last bus leaves St. Paul Student Center and Blegen Hall at 6 p.m. There is no service on weekends.

NOTE: The Welcome Week service schedule will be posted later this summer.


University Avenue Circulators
University Avenue Circulators run from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. every 15 minutes from Monday, May 14 through Friday, June 8. The last bus leaves the Carlson School at 6 p.m.

NOTE: There will be no service on Monday, May 28 for the University holiday (Memorial Day). There is no service on weekends.

University Avenue Circulators run from 7 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. every 15 minutes from Monday, June 11 through Friday, August 3. The last bus leaves the Carlson School at 9:30 p.m.

NOTE: There will be no service on Wednesday, July 4 for the 4th of July holiday. There is no service on weekends.

University Avenue Circulators run from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. every 15 minutes from Monday, August 6 through Tuesday, August 21. The last bus leaves the Carlson School at 6 p.m.

There is no service on weekends.


Stadium Superblock Circulators

Stadium Superblock Circulators run from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. every 15 minutes from Monday, May 14 through Tuesday, August 21. The last bus leaves the Faye Thompson Center at 5:30 p.m.

NOTE: There will be no service on Monday, May 328or Wednesday, July 4 for the University holidays (Memorial Day and 4th of July).

There is no Circulator service on weekends.


St. Paul Campus Circulator 
These buses will not operate from Monday, May 14 – Friday, June 8.

Regular 15-minute service Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. resumes Monday, June 11 (no service on Wednesday, July 4) and ends again on Friday, August 3.  The last bus leaves the St. Paul Student Center at 4:45 p.m.

St. Paul Circulators will not run from Saturday, August 4 through Monday, September 3.

Media Contact:

Jacqueline Bass
612-624-4161


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