2018 Transportation News Archive

Harvard Street Closed Between Washington, Delaware Jan. 15-19

Posted: 01/11/18

Starting Monday, January 15, Findorff Construction will begin removing materials and equipment from the 311 Harvard Street construction project.

Due to the number of semis and deliveries expected next week, Findorff Construction has requested, and the University is in agreement, to fully close Harvard Street between Washington Ave and Delaware St SE starting Monday, January 15 through Friday, January 19.  Findorff understands the impact to the University and will open the road again to southbound traffic on a daily basis as soon as possible.

Signage will be posted around the area to re-route both University shuttles and pedestrian traffic during this closure. This effort will help reduce risk of injury to traffic and students as we begin a new semester.

For questions regarding this closure, please contact Parking & Transportation Services via email at parking@umn.edu or by phone at: 612-626-7275.

Thank you for your patience.

Super Bowl LII Affects U of M Campus

Posted: 01/12/18

The Twin Cities will be front and center as the host of Super Bowl LII on Sunday, February 4, 2018. It will be an exciting time for the region and the University to showcase what we have to offer.

For the University community, official information about campus operations, transportation, and safety can be found here.

For football fans and those interested in being downtown Minneapolis during this celebration, public/event parking on campus is here.

Snow Emergency

Please be aware that Minneapolis and St. Paul declared snow emergency today (January 15). Rules enforced beginning at 9 p.m.

For information on Minneapolis Snow Emergency routes, please visit:http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/snow/index.htm

For information on St. Paul Snow Emergency routes, please visit: https://www.stpaul.gov/departments/public-works/street-maintenance/snow-emergency-update

The Cities Minneapolis and Saint Paul have declared snow emergencies beginning at 9 p.m. tonight 1/15/18. Move your vehicles off streets marked “Night Plow Routes” before 9 p.m. to avoid a ticket and tow. 

I-35 Northbound Closures Tonight (1/17) and Tomorrow (1/18)

MNDOT is fully closing the following portions of I-35W NB coming into downtown Minneapolis tonight, Janary 17 and tomorrow, January 18. I-35W NB remains open to exit on 3rd Street. The road closures only affect northbound I-35W.

  • Wednesday, January 17th at 11:00 PM until Thursday, January 18th at 5:00 AM: I-35W NB from 26th Street to Downtown Entrances (5thAv S/E Grant St) AND I-35W NB to WB I-94 Ramp – FULL CLOSURE
  • Thursday, January 18th from  9:00 AM to 3:00 PM: I-35W NB from 26th Street to Downtown Entrances (5th Av S/E Grant St) AND I-35W NB to WB I-94 Ramp – FULL CLOSURE

Washington Ave Ramp Relocated Temporarily to East River Rd Garage, 4th St Ramp, Oak St Ramp (REOPENED 1/30)

Posted: 01/29/18

Updated: 01/30/18 @ 7 a.m. The Washington Avenue Ramp is open again. The Rec Center, Scholars Walk and the hotel parking lot are still closed.  Beacon Street between Walnut and Harvard is also closed.

Due to a public safety situation at Graduate Hotel, Washington Ave Ramp contract holders are temporarily relocated to East River Road Garage, 4th Street Ramp and Oak Street Ramp.

If you have difficulty finding a parking space, please call 612-626-PARK (7275). 

East Bank Circulator Temporarily Re-Routed From University to Oak

Posted: 01/29/18

The East Bank Circulator is temporarily re-routed from University Avenue to Oak Street due to a  public safety situation at the Graduate Hotel.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

March-June Elevator Work Begins in 4th Street Ramp

Posted: 3/6/18

Beginning on Monday, March 12, only one elevator will be operational at a time in the 4th Street Ramp during an elevator modernization project.

Both elevators should be available for use by the beginning of June 2018​.

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

Thank you in advance for your patience during this ​project.

Travel Restricted Along 6th Street SE 4/16 - 5/3

Posted: 04/11/18

From Monday, April 16 through Thursday, May 3, a water utility project will restrict travel on 6th Street SE between Oak St SE and the Maroon Lot entrance/exit. This work timeline is dependent on the weather. 

During this work, 6th St SE will be restricted to westbound travel only between Oak St SE and the Maroon Lot entrance/exit.

Gold/Ski-U-Mah Lots and Lots C28/C32 -- Drivers will be able to access assigned parking lots, but will have to use 23rd Ave SE to get to 6th St, as there will be no access from Oak St onto 6th St. Drivers will not have to detour when leaving assigned lots.

Lots C56/C33 -- Drivers will be able to access assigned parking lots as normal, but when leaving assigned lots will have to use Oak St SE or 5th St SE, as there will be no access from 5th/Oak onto 6th St. Drivers will not have to detour in order to get to assigned lots.

Signs will be posted.

Pedestrians and transit are not impacted.

Ride an Autonomous Bus Across the Washington Avenue Bridge on April 30

Posted: 04/23/18

On Monday, April 30, an innovative demonstration of a self-driving EZ10 All Electric Autonomous Bus will offer free rides to students, staff, faculty and the general public across the Washington Avenue Bridge to showcase the future of innovative transportation technology.

The University of Minnesota’s Parking & Transportation Services (PTS) at the University of Minnesota partnered with the Center for Transportation Studies (CTS), State and Local Policy Program (SLPP) at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University Office of Sustainability and First Transit, Inc. to bring the latest in self-driving transportation technology to campus for a one-day demonstration.


EVENT DETAILS

WHAT: FREE rides and demonstrations of the EZ10 Autonomous Bus technology

WHO: open to the general public

WHEN:  Monday, April 30, 2018 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  (invited special guests to ride across the bridge at noon)

WHERE:  Washington Avenue Pedestrian Bridge (Upper Level, South Side)


The EZ10 Shuttle will operate along the south side of the upper level of the Washington Avenue Bridge (north side bicycle path and enclosed middle portion of the bridge will remain open during the demonstration period).

Signage will alert and direct visitors to the demonstration area.  PTS and other staff/volunteers will be on hand to coordinate and monitor the demonstration. 

The EZ10 Autonomous Shuttle Bus will be staffed with a trained driver at all times during the demonstration.

The EZ10 Autonomous Shuttle is an all-electric, 12-passenger vehicle that operates along a pre-set route using GPS and other technology to guide its path.  Sensing technology installed in the vehicle ensures a smooth and safe ride even in heavy pedestrian/vehicle traffic.  The vehicle speed is limited to about 12.5 miles per hour during the demonstration (maximum vehicle speed is 25 miles per hour), and the vehicle is fully accessible for passengers of all abilities.

Learn more about how autonomous vehicles may be used to deliver future transportation services and provide sustainable linkages to other transportation modes and facilities.  While the University has no specific plans to implement this technology, learning about its potential benefits and showcasing its potential supports research already underway to further develop autonomous vehicle systems at the University and around the world. 

Some reasons to consider autonomous vehicle technology and how it fits into a broader transportation system, include:

  • It provides enhanced connections to key regional transportation systems such as transitways, light rail transit and hard-to-access destinations;
  • It complements other modes and provides interconnections with walking, biking and campus transit;
  • It benefits people without vehicles or those with disabilities;
  • It assists more people to travel to more destinations without relying on a personal vehicle or a need to park on campus;
  • It utilizes a sustainable, clean and fully renewable (100% electric) transportation option to move people more efficiently and effectively. 

Please join PTS and see the EZ10 Autonomous Shuttle in action!  Take a free ride on the latest transportation technology and learn more about how it works and its many benefits.   

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Three May Weekend I-94 Closures between I-394 and I35W

Posted: 05/01/18

Both directions of I-94 between I-394 and I-35W are scheduled to close for three weekends in May.

The planned weekends are: May 4, May 11 and May 18.  Closures begin at 10 p.m. on Fridays and last until 5 a.m. on Monday mornings.

More information and posted detours are available online.

Avoid the Tow! Minneapolis Street Sweeping In Progress

Posted: 05/07/18

The City of Minneapolis will sweep every street from curb to curb during May this year. 

From 7 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. 

If you think your vehicle has been towed, you can view the City's impound page to input your license number and see if your car is in the impound lot.

Approximately 24 hours before a street is to be swept, the city will post temporary "No Parking" signs on the street. Don't wait to see those signs; look up the schedule online to be prepared to move your car before the day that the sweepers arrive on your street.

Look up when your street is scheduled for sweeping.

The City generally sweeps the streets twice each year--starting in mid-April for the spring and in mid-October for the fall.  Mark these times on your calendar, and check information on the City's street sweeping web page when the time is near. Share this message with roommates and friends who may have cars on the street.

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.

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.

Harvard Street Between Washington, Delaware Closed May 21 Through May 29

Posted: 05/21/2018; edited 05/25/18

Harvard Street, between Washington Avenue SE and Delaware Street SE, will be closed from Monday, May 21 through Tuesday, May 29, 2018.

The signed detour route will be Walnut Street SE. The roadway on that block of Harvard is already closed northbound during much of the workday on weekdays.

Pleasant Street SE Closed on May 25 from 6 - 10 am

Posted: 5/21/2018

Pleasant Street SE south of Arlington Street will be closed on Friday, May 25 from 6 to 10 a.m.

This closure is necessary for a crane installation needed to change out Smith Hall elevator equipment. The detour will be the 10th Avenue Bridge.

Fulton Street Between East River Parkway, Oak Street Closed 6/4-6/8

Posted: 5/28/18

Fulton Street between East River Parkway and Oak Street is scheduled to be closed to all vehicular traffic from June 4-8, 2018 so that the Pioneer Hall Renovation contractor can connect a new sanitary line in the street.

  • Eastbound traffic on East River Parkway at Harvard Street will continue on East River Parkway to Oak Street.
  • Westbound traffic will be routed to Oak Street heading north to Delaware Street and then west on Delaware Street to Harvard Street.

Fulton between East River Road Parkway and Oak Street may reopen prior to June 8. If this occurs, it will be reduced to a single lane with flaggers to allow for two-way traffic.

I-35W Closed Between Highway 62, I-94 For Weekend of June 1

Posted: 5/29/18

During the weekend of June 1-4, both directions of  I-35W from Highway 62 to I-94, will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. while crews demolish the 26th Street Bridge and the 24th Street pedestrian bridge over I-35W.

The signed detour is Highway 62 to Highway 100 to I-394.

For drivers, MnDOT has worked to create additional capacity by adding temporary lanes on I-394 west south from downtown to Highway 100, on Highway 62 from Valley View Road to Highway 100 and it will add a lane on I-35W north from 31st Street and Lake Street to Third Street.

More information about the I-35W@94 project is available online.

Plan your way

For people seeking alternatives to driving alone, please consider whether any of these fit your schedule and lifestyle:

Metro Transit and Minnesota Valley Transit Authority are expanding service and will have dedicated express routes using Park and Portland Avenues in and out of downtown Minneapolis during rush hour.  Metro Transit has a website dedicated to the 35W project with updated route information and an opportunity to sign up for Rider Alerts.

Go directly to Minnesota Valley Transit Authority for its route updates. 

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.

Stay in-the-know with Rider Alerts!
Don’t be caught unaware, sign up today at metrotransit.org/rider-alerts to get updates sent by email or text! NOTE: Regular text rates will apply.

And follow Metro Transit on Twitter at @MetroTransitMN or Facebook.com/MetroTransitMN to keep up on the latest. 

June 6 Metro Transit Open House Shares Route 2 Improvements

Metro Transit is exploring ways to improve Route 2 and looking at changes on and off the bus to make your trip better, faster and more reliable.

Route 2 is one of the busiest with 6,000 weekday boardings, but it is very slow, even compared to other similar urban bus routes, and has below-average reliability.

Join Metro Trnasit at an Open House on Wednesday, June 6 where we will have information on efforts to rebalance bus stop locations, with stops spaced up to a 1/4-mile apart so that the trip is faster, as well as working on installing new shelters and upgrading existing ones. They are also looking at signal priority, which allows the bus to ask for green lights, at intersections with long delays.

Give your feedback on the changes!

Route 2 Open House

June 6

4 to 7 p.m.

Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Urban Office, Friendship Room

1308 Franklin Avenue

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.

East River Road Between University, Pillsbury Closed July 9-August 26

Posted: 07/06/18

From Monday, July 9 through Sunday, August 26, East River Road between University Avenue and Pillsbury Drive will be closed (north of Peik Hall).

This closure is due to staging for rehabilitation of a shallow tunnel underneath the intersection of University and 14th Avenue SE.

A signed detour route will guide vehicular traffic to use Pleasant and Arlington Streets. 

Access to all parking facilities and loading docks will be maintained.

University Avenue will have lane shifts and reductions (down to two lanes).  The bike lane will be closed.

Sidewalks along East River Road will remain open, and the intersection with University Avenue will be navigable by pedestrians (with a slight detour).

View updates, when available, on the PTS Construction Impacts Map.

Resurfacing Project Begins on I-35W From Minneapolis to Roseville

Posted: 07/09/18

I-35W between 4th Street SE and County Road C will be resurfaced beginning in July through October 2018.

There will be six weekend full closures in the next few months.

For more details, visit the I-35W Resurfacing project website.

Harvard Street Closed Week of July 30

Posted: 07/16/18

Harvard Street will be closed the week of July 30 between Delaware Street and UMN Health Center driveway entrance. 

The closure will be in effect from 5 a.m. on Monday, July 30 - 5 AM until Monday, August 6, weather permitting. 

The closure is necessary for electrical duct bank work that will bring permanent power to the Health Sciences Education Center. 

Signage directing pedestrians and vehicle traffic will be posted.

New East Bank Lot Under Construction

Posted: 07/24/18

On August 23, 2018, construction began on a temporary contract parking lot on the block east of the M Health Clinic.

PTS is funding this project.  Identified parking contract holders will be given the option to move to this facility.

The lot is anticipated to be open before the start of school.  

Campus Travel Affected By Minnesota State Fair

Posted 8/9/18

The Minnesota State Fair begins Thursday, August 23 and runs through Monday, September 3.

The only way to access the fair on foot from University property is at the Buford and Randall Avenue entrance. The Commonwealth/Dan Patch gate will be CLOSED to all vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic during the State Fair.

Traffic around campus will increase and parking may be tight. Consider alternate commuting options (carpool, bus, bike or walk).

If you need to drive to campus, please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the suggested parking alternatives in your area. BE SURE TO CARRY YOUR U CARD. You will need it to receive the lower University rate at public parking facilities on the St. Paul campus.

Learn more about Gopher football Thursday during the fair, contract reciprocal parking changes, public parking details, campus shuttle schedules and more.

Welcome Week Increases Campus Shuttle Service

Posted: 08/12/18

Welcome Week kicks off the official introduction to the U for approximately 6,000 new freshmen coming to campus.

The week-long event starts Monday, August 27 and goes through Monday, September 3. To help move everyone around, Campus Connector shuttle buses will run additional hours during Welcome Week.

As a reminder - the bus stop at the transitway and Commonwealth and the stop at Buford and Gortner are BOTH CLOSED for the Minnesota State Fair (see map of route and stops).

The schedule is as follows:

Normal Service

Thursday, August 23 - Friday, August 24
7 a.m. - 6 p.m., every 15 minutes

Saturday, August 25-Sunday, August 26
no service

Expanded Service, due to Welcome Week

Monday, August 27
7 a.m. - 9:30 p.m., every 15 minutes

Tuesday, August 28
7 a.m. - 12:30 a.m., every 15 minutes

Wednesday, August 29
7 a.m. - 6 p.m., every 15 minutes

Thursday, August 30
7 a.m. - 6 p.m., every 15 minutes

Friday, August 31
7 - 10 a.m., every 15 minutes
10 a.m. - 6 p.m., every 5 minutes
6 p.m.- 1 a.m., every 15 minutes

Saturday, September 1:
8 a.m. - 10 p.m., every 15 minutes

Sunday, September 2:
9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., every 20 minutes
12 p.m. - 6 p.m., every 15 minutes
6 p.m. - midnight, every 20 minutes

Labor Day Monday, September 3
9 a.m. - midnight, every 20 minutes

The University Avenue Circulator will run Wednesday, August 29 through Friday, August 31 from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. every 15 minutes. It will not run Saturday, September 1 through Monday, September 3.

The East Bank Circulator will run Wednesday, August 29 through Friday, August 31 from 6 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. every 10-20 minutes. It will not run Saturday, September 1 through Monday, September 3.

St. Paul Circulators and 4th Street Circulators will not run during this time period.

 

Campus Parking/Transit Affected Sunday, Sept. 30 By Open Streets (Oak Street/University Ave Closed)  

Posted: 09/24/18

Open Streets, a City of Minneapolis-sponsored event, will impact campus on Sunday, Sept. 30 from approximately 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Campus parkers: With the closure of Oak Street and University Avenue, several contract parking facilities are affected.  Emails were sent on September 24 to contract holders on how they will be affected and alternate arrangements for campus parking.  Parking facilities that are affected include:

  • Lot C6
  • Lot C39
  • Lot C78
  • Lot C50/C52/C55/C58/C59
  • Lot C20/C21/C46/C47/C48/C49
  • 717 Delaware Garage
  • University Avenue Ramp
  • Oak Street Ramp
  • Northrop Garage
  • Nolte Garage
  • Keeler Garage
  • 4th Street Ramp
  • Armory Garage

 Campus transit riders:

Campus Connectors will not stop at the University & Oak bus stop.  Catch the Connector at the Transitway and 23rd Avenue. 

The University Avenue Circulator will be majorly re-routed.  See bulleted summary below and watch for signs at the bus stops.

  • Bus stops at Sanford Hall and 15th & University Avenue will be re-located to Nicholson Hall
  • University Avenue at Rec Center bus stop will be re-located to Harvard at Beacon (stoplight at Rec Center corner)
  • McNamara Alumni Center bus stop will be re-located to Beacon at Walnut (near Scholar’s Walk)
  • Three Superblock stops (Oak Street at Territorial; Fulton Street at Frontier; and Harvard Street at Washington) will be re-located to Delaware at Harvard

 If you have any questions, please call PTS customer service at 612-626-PARK.

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.

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 - CANCELLED

 Posted: 10/15/18 
Updated 10/17/18 - This closure of Harvard Street for October 19 has been cancelled.

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. 

Media Contact:

Jacqueline Brudlos
612-624-4161

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