Four blocks of 5th Street close to traffic next week
With the new stadium and other changes coming to downtown Minneapolis, some streets are being reconfigured to improve how people get around. On Monday, a section of 5th Street South by the new stadium will close, and crews will begin modifying 6th Street so it can handle that displaced traffic. In the meantime, drivers will need to follow posted detours.
The affected four-block section of 5th Street South between Park Ave and 11th Avenue is one-way westbound. It runs tandem to 6th Street, which is now one-way eastbound. Along with closing 5th Street to traffic, crews will add one westbound lane to 6th Street. The new westbound lane of 6th Street is expected to open by the end of the construction season, handling the traffic that used to use 5th Street.
This work is being performed by the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, which is coordinating it with the City. After 5th Street closes to traffic, crews will remove the roadway and make the area part of the stadium construction site. When the stadium project is completed, the area that was once 5th Street will include off-street bike paths. The skewed intersections along 5th Street and the concrete and chain-link barrier presently separating 5th Street and 6th Street will be removed, making it easier for people on foot to get around.
During this construction, the City plans to add two new traffic signals on 6th Street at 9th Avenue and 10th Avenue. These signals will include audible pedestrian signals, countdown pedestrian crosswalk timers and other features. Some existing signals will be similarly upgraded.
Currently, 5th Street handles traffic exiting from westbound Interstate 94. A joint project by the City and the Minnesota Department of Transportation will move the exit ramp from 5th Street to 7th’Street. Since 7th Street crosses the entire length of downtown, traffic exiting here will have better access to downtown Minneapolis events, stores, restaurants, businesses and other destinations. Construction of the new 7th Street exit ramp will begin this summer, with the switch from 5th Street exit to a 7th Street exit taking place in summer 2016.
More information on these and other street construction projects is available at www.minneapolismn.gov/cip/2015.
Published Mar 24, 2015