WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 30, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Several street construction projects are wrapping up in downtown Minneapolis. Although there will be one additional street closure this Friday, the conclusion of these projects should ease traffic congestion next week.
The projects are scheduled to end by Sunday, when the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon will be taking place on downtown streets. The projects include:
- Portland Avenue South, between Fourth and Fifth streets – The closure was needed so crews tearing down the former Star Tribune building could remove a tunnel that went beneath the street. This block of Portland Avenue will be open Sunday for the race. However, it may need to have one additional closure next week so the roadway can be repaved. Some lane restrictions may be needed so building demolition can be completed.
- Sixth Street, between Park and Chicago avenues – Utility crews have installed a new cold water line that will lead to the new stadium. Repaving of the roadway is now taking place, and all lanes should be open to traffic by tomorrow morning.
- Ninth Street, between Marquette and Hennepin Avenues – These three blocks of the street are being resurfaced this weekend. There will be a full closure beginning on Friday. Weather permitting, the street will reopen in time for the race on Sunday. The cross streets of Marquette and Hennepin avenues will remain during the resurfacing project. Drivers should follow the posted detour route.
In addition, the reconstruction of LaSalle Avenue is nearing completion. The final paving is scheduled to take place Saturday, Oct. 17. The street will then reopen to traffic.