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Goldy’s Run Impacts Parking/Transit on Sunday, April 7

Posted: 04/04/19

Goldy’s Run on SUNDAY, April 7 will present some access challenges for anyone coming to campus on that morning.

East River Road Garage Parkers:

For approximately one hour around 7:30 a.m., East River Parkway will operate with just  one lane; officers will have radios and flag the section of East River Parkway between Delaware (the Weisman Loop Road) and the East River Road Garage as a two-way section to provide access to the East River Road Garage.

Washington Avenue Ramp Parkers

During the race, University Avenue will have lane restrictions.  Please prepare for possible time delays.  You will have access to the Washington Avenue Ramp from the south (I-94 to Fulton to Harvard to Beacon).

University Avenue Ramp Parkers

During the race, portions of University Avenue will have lane restrictions and certain campus streets will be closed.  Please be prepared for time delays.

Drivers will be able to enter the University Avenue Ramp at any time. For drivers who are exiting, police officers will direct east on University, north on Oak Street, around the stadium and get back to Huron and I-94.

4th Street Ramp Parkers

During the race, 4th Street will be closed between Oak Street and 14th Avenue for about an hour and a half around 7 a.m.   Portions of University Avenue will have lane restrictions and other campus streets will be closed.  Please be prepared for time delays.

Follow signed detours.  The best route to get to the 4th Street Ramp is to take University Avenue to 23rd Avenue to 6th Street to 5th Street to 13th/14th Avenue to 4th Street to the ramp entrance on 17th Avenue.  See East Bank campus map:  http://www.pts.umn.edu/sites/pts.umn.edu/files/ebank.pdf

Northrop and Nolte Garage Contract Parkers

Your parking contract WILL BE RELOCATED on Sunday morning.  If you need to use contract parking prior to 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 7, please park in the Washington Avenue Ramp.  Please be aware that there will be no travelling south on Church Street.  Drivers will need to use University to Oak to Washington to Walnut to Beacon to Union to access the Washington Avenue Ramp.  See East Bank campus map.

During the race, portions of University Avenue will have lane restrictions and possible delays.  Please be patient during brief periods of time when runners may affect your drive to and around campus.

Lot C20/C21/C38/C39/C46/C47/C48/C49 Contract Parkers

Your parking contract WILL BE RELOCATED on Sunday morning.  If you need to use contract parking prior to 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 7, please park in the 4th Street Ramp located at the corner of 4th Street SE and 17th Avenue SE. Follow the signed detours.  The best route to get to the 4th Street Ramp is to take University Avenue to 23rd Avenue to 6th Street to 5th Street to 13th/14th Avenue to 4th Street to the ramp entrance on 17th Avenue.

Please pull a ticket at the entrance.  At the exit, push the silver “Press for Help” button (just below the coin slot) and inform the customer service representative with your name and hangtag number.

Lot C7/C16/C19 Contract Parkers

Your parking contract WILL BE RELOCATED on Sunday morning.  If you need to use contract parking prior to 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 7, please park in the East River Road Garage

Please pull a ticket at the entrance.  At the exit, push the silver “Press for Help” button (just below the coin slot) and inform the customer service representative with your name and hangtag number.

Lot C55/C58/C59 Contract Parkers

For approximately one hour around 7:30 a.m., 4th Street will be closed between Oak Street and 14th Avenue  Your lot will still be accessible from University Avenue and turning north on 16th Avenue to get to Lots C55/C59 (or north on 18th to get to Lot C58).

Portions of University Avenue will have lane restrictions and other campus streets will be closed.  Please be prepared for time delays.

Lot C56 Contract Parkers

Follow signed detours.  The best route to get to the 4th Street Ramp is to take University Avenue to 23rd Avenue to 6th Street to the lot entrance on 5th Street.

Bus Riders:

For campus transit, the University Avenue Circulator will not run from 9:30-11 a.m. 

The following Campus Connector stops will be impacted:

- Eddy Hall stop will be closed.  Signs are posted directing riders to board the bus on Washington Avenue (Northrop Mall side).

- Bruininks stop will be closed and riders are asked to board the bus on Washington Avenue (Northrop Mall side).

- Oak Street & University Avenue stop will be closed.  Signs are posted directing riders to University and 25th Avenue.

- Ridder Arena stop will be closed. Signs will direct riders to McNamara stop.

Miscellanous:

Goldy’s Run at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus includes a 10 mile run, a 5K and a kid’s 1K run.  The various race courses will take participants through campus and the surrounding streets with all events finishing inside TCF Bank Stadium by 10:30 a.m.  For more information on this event, please visit the Goldy's Run website.

If you have any questions regarding traffic or parking, please email parking@umn.edu as soon as possible.

Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation.

Section of Gortner Avenue Closed Saturday, April 6 (POSTPONED)

Posted: 04/05/19

Edited: 04/05/19 2 p.m. - This closure has been postponed. A re-scheduled date will be shared as soon as possible.

Gortner Avenue between Buford Avenue and Buford Place will be closed on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. as new building equipment is transferred into the Biological Sciences Building via crane.

There will be no road access on that portion of Gortner Avenue during this closure.

East River Road Garage’s Northwest Stairwell Door Locked Beginning Feb. 26

Posted: 2/19/19

Due to customer concerns about unacceptable behavior in the stairwell, the northwest stairwell exterior door in the East River Road Garage will be locked 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, beginning on Tuesday, February 26. 

A U Card reader has been installed on the door that will allow unlimited access to that stairwell for anyone with an active U Card.

Parkers without a U Card will be required to use the center lobby in the garage.

The northwest stairwell exterior door opens to the outside near the rear of Comstock Hall.

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If you have any questions regarding parking, please email parking@umn.edu or call 612-626-PARK (7275).

Pillsbury Drive Restricted to Passenger Vehicles Between Pleasant, Williamson Dock Driveway

Posted: 10/22/18

Beginning on October 17, Pillsbury Drive is restricted to passenger vehicles only between Pleasant Street and the Williamson Hall loading dock driveway, due to a recent structural analysis review that shows distress in the Williamson Hall tunnel underneath Pillsbury Drive.

The section between the Williamson Hall loading dock driveway and Church Street is now restricted to 7.5 tons.  Deliveries to the Williamson dock area need to come and go via Church Street.

Temporary signage is in place now. Permanent signs will be implemented as soon as possible.

PTS and Facilities Management will work on a long-term solution for this issue.

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Church Street Now a Vehicle Free Zone

Update 01/03/19: Beginning in Fall 2018, Church Street (between Lilly Plaza Drive and Washington Avenue) was designated and redesigned as a “Restricted Vehicle Zone” (RVZ) for pedestrian and bicycle access only. Access for vehicles is only by authorized and permitted vehicles.  In order to accommodate those with delivery or service needs with locations along Church Street in the most accessible manner, a building-by-building plan has been developed to provide the most convenient access possible to campus buildings, considering the restrictions in place. Contact parking@umn.edu for more information.

Posted 8/28/2018

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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Media Contact:

Jacqueline Bass
612-624-4161


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