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I-35W Closed Between Hwy 62 and I-94 For Weekend of Oct. 19

Posted: 10/11/18

From 10 p.m. on Friday, October 19 until 5 a.m. on Monday, October 22, both directions of I-35W will be closed between Hwy 62 and I-94 for a traffic switch.

Harvard Street Closed to East River Parkway on October 19

 Posted: 10/15/18

From 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Friday, October 19, Harvard Street will be closed from East River Parkway to the Fairview Clinic driveway, due to a UMMC decontamination exercise.

There will be two MPB officers (1 at each end of the road closure) for the duration of the exercise.

The planned detour is Oak and Delaware. East River Parkway is not impacted.

The East Bank Circulator will be detoured to Delaware and onto to Oak Street to get back on its normal route. 

Westbound I-94 to Southbound I-35W Ramp Closes October 12-22

Posted: 10/04/18

On Friday, October 12, the ramp from westbound I-94 to southbound I-35W will close at 10 p.m. for utility work and re-paving. The ramp will re-open on Monday, October 22 at 5 a.m.

The detour route is WB I-94 to WB I-394 to SB Hwy 100 to EB Hwy 62.

For drivers coming from the east metro traveling to the south, it is recommended to use alternative routes, including I-494, Hwy 52, and I-35E.

Gopher Football Season Affects Campus Parking

Posted: 09/14/18

Saturday football on campus is back!  Planning ahead is always your best transportation strategy.

Specific parking contract holders who are required to relocate to the East River Road Garage on Saturday game days include:

  • 2221 University Ave. Garage
  • Discovery Lot
  • Gateway Lot
  • Gold Lot
  • Gopher Lot
  • Minnesota Lot
  • Ski-U-Mah Lot
  • Lots C2/C56
  • Lots C33
  • Lots C55/C58/C59

Parking is NOT available in these assigned facilities and vehicles that are still in these contract locations are subject to tag and tow. 

You can find more information on parking and transportation online: http://z.umn.edu/footballparking

2018 GOPHERS HOME FOOTBALL SCHEDULE (5 SATURDAYS + 1 FRIDAY)
Saturday, September 8 @ 6:30 p.m. vs Fresno
Saturday, September 15 @ 2:30 p.m. vs Miami (Oh)       
Saturday, October 6 @ 2:30 p.m. vs Iowa (homecoming)
Friday, October 26 @ 7 p.m. vs Indiana
Saturday, November 10 @ TBD vs Purdue
Saturday, November 17 @ TBD vs Northwestern

If you have parking questions, please contact parking@umn.edu.

University of Minnesota Parking & Transportation Services Announces 2018-2019 Public/Contract Parking Rates

Posted 8/14/2018

To coincide with the 2018-2019 academic year, University of Minnesota Twin Cities will increase select daily public parking rates on September 1. Contract parking rates will increase on October 1. Hourly public facility rates will not increase.

The public parking rates for University-managed facilities last increased in fall of 2011 and Minneapolis campus parking meter rates last increased in 2013.

Rate Type

2017-2018 Rate

2018-2019 Rate

Increase

Daily Public Lots

$4.00

$5.00

$1.00

Premium Daily Lots– St. Paul Lot 104

$6.00

$7.00

$1.00

Carpool Lots

$2.50

$3.50

$1.00

Early Bird – Daily Maximum

$6.00

$7.00

$1.00

Night Owl – Daily Maximum

(varies by facility type)

$4.00 or $6.00

$5.00 or $7.00

$1.00

Hourly Minneapolis Campus Parking Meters

$2.75

$3.00

$0.25

The contract parking rate was last increased in October 2014. Twenty-four-hour contract parking rates vary by facility type.

Rate Type

2017-2018 Rate

2018-2019 Rate

Increase

Lot Contract

$67.75

$69.00

$1.25

Ramp Contract

$100.75

$102.75

$2.00

Garage Contract

$131.75

$134.50

$2.75

Reserved space (additional fee on base increase; varies by facility type)

Varies by facility

Varies by facility

$1.75-$3.00

Evening Lot (where available)

$35.00

$35.75

$0.75

Evening Ramp (where available)

$75.00

$76.50

$1.50

Evening Garage (where available)

$98.00

$100.00

$2.00

 The University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus is the third largest traffic generator in the Twin Cities metro area. University buses transport more than three million riders each year around the campus and the University offers more than 19,000 campus parking spaces. The mission of University of Minnesota Parking & Transportation Services is to facilitate safe and effective integrated transportation systems that provide services for pedestrians, bicycles, transit and vehicles. For more information, visit pts.umn.edu, e-mail parking@umn.edu or call 612‑626‑7275.

Church Street now a Vehicle Free Zone

Posted 8/28/2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE          August 27, 2018

Contact:  Jacqueline Bass, Communications Manager, jbass@umn.edu, 612-624-4161

CHURCH STREET NOW A VEHICLE FREE ZONE 

MINNEAPOLIS (August 27) – Beginning August 28, 2018, the newly-renovated Church Street from Lilly Plaza to Washington Avenue will re-open as a vehicle free zone from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Church Street is a high volume, north-south pedestrian connection that experiences elevated bicycle and pedestrian activity during core academic hours and this new restriction is intended to alleviate conflict and congestion during that timeframe.

This summer, the section between Lilly Plaza and Washington Avenue was redesigned to create an environment that prioritizes safer pedestrian movements. Before the project, access was limited to authorized vehicles.  The removal of vehicular traffic, including authorized vehicles, during peak demand hours will free up additional capacity for pedestrians and bicycles. This change aligns with the pedestrian priority guidelines of the 2009 Twin Cities Master Plan, which call for the University to:

  • Establish vehicle-free zones where pedestrian volumes, iconic open spaces, and adjacent land use patterns preclude use except by pedestrians or cyclists
  • Develop pedestrian connections that will:
    • Continue to share corridors with other modes of movement along streets or paths
    • Enable pedestrians to the most direct route between major destinations
    • Prioritize pedestrian movement over other modes of travel when possible    

Access outside of vehicle free zone hours continues to be limited to authorized vehicles only.

“Recent projects on Church Street made access to adjacent buildings unavailable. Parking & Transportation Services, U Market Services, and other stakeholders worked to find alternative ways to serve these access needs. The solutions to serve the buildings helped everyone realize this change was possible,” said Ross Allanson, director of Parking & Transportation Services.

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus is the third largest traffic generator in the Twin Cities metro area. University buses transport more than three million riders each year around the campus and the University offers more than 19,000 campus parking spaces. The mission of University of Minnesota Parking & Transportation Services is to facilitate safe and effective integrated transportation systems that provide services for pedestrians, bicycles, transit and vehicles. For more information, visit pts.umn.edu, e-mail parking@umn.edu or call 612‑626‑7275.

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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.

Media Contact:

Jacqueline Bass
612-624-4161


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