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June 19, 2017

Light rail, road construction to impact travel in downtown Minneapolis

Media are invited to learn more about several transit and road construction projects that will significantly impact travel in downtown Minneapolis and throughout the metro region beginning on Thursday, June 22.

Travelers will be impacted by the following projects: 

    > An 11-day closure of the Target Field, Warehouse District/Hennepin Avenue, Nicollet Mall and Government Plaza light-rail stations (June 22-July 3)

    > A five-day closure of the Hennepin Avenue and 5th Street intersection and other intersections along South 5th Street (various dates)

    > The closure of eastbound lanes in the Lowry Tunnel and eastbound I-94 from I-394 to I-35W (July 23-26)

Several of these construction activities coincide with the Twin Cities Pride Festival and Parade, occurring June 23-25 in downtown Minneapolis. 

Metro Transit, MnDOT, Move Minneapolis and the City of Minneapolis are encouraging anyone coming to downtown Minneapolis over the weekend and through the following week to stay informed and plan ahead.

Media who would like to learn more about the upcoming transit and road construction projects are invited to speak with representatives from Metro Transit, MnDOT, Move Minneapolis, Nice Ride and Twin Cities Pride. Individual interviews will be available beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 20, at Target Field Station in Minneapolis. 

What: Media availability to answer questions about significant transit- and road construction projects

Where: Target Field Station, Upper Plaza (near light rail station); limited parking is available at Metro Transit, 560 N. Sixth, Avenue, Minneapolis

When: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 20

Who:

  • John Humphrey, Deputy Chief of Operations-Rail, Metro Transit
  • Scott McBride, Metro District Engineer, MnDOT
  • Mary Morse Marti, Executive Director, Move Minneapolis
  • Jim Vierling, Marking & Development Director, Nice Ride Minnesota
  • Dot Belstler, Executive Director, Twin Cities Pride 

For the latest information visit metrotransit.org/closure or call 612-373-3333. Resources and information are also available through MnDOT and Move Minneapolis. 

For more information, contact Drew Kerr at drew.kerr@metrotransit.org or 651-387-3928. 

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