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Open Streets Event Takes Place on Campus October 1

Intersection at Washington Avenue, Ontario Street Closed For August 27 Weekend

Campus Travel Affected By Minnesota State Fair

Raymond Avenue Closes between Standish St, Como Avenue This Fall

Welcome Week Increases Campus Shuttle Service

Summer Means Changes For Campus Shuttle Service

Franklin Avenue Bridge Closure Starts May 8

Highway 36 Bridge Reconstruction Over Lexington Avenue Planned

 

 

 

Open Streets Event Takes Place on Campus October 1
Posted: 8/23/16

Open Streets - University of Minnesota will take place on Saturday, October 1 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. (rain or shine). The route changed from last year's inaugural event; it goes from Dinkytown, through East Bank, West Bank, and the Cedar-Riverside area.  

The Campus Connector and University Avenue Circulator will run on a modified route during the event. Watch for signs at the bus stops.

ABOUT THE EVENT 

Open Streets Minneapolis gives local residents a chance to experience their streets in a whole new way – by bike, skateboard, rollerblade, or on foot. Open Streets closes major thoroughfares to motor vehicle traffic and opens it up for programming and fun from local businesses, residents, and community groups. The family-friendly events are free for all to attend and are a great way to better get to know your community.

Since 2011, Open Streets Minneapolis has turned Minneapolis streets into car-free, community-filled fun for a weekend afternoon. Open Streets University of Minnesota is one of eight Open Streets Minneapolis events this summer. Find full details: www.openstreetsmpls.org.

Open Streets Minneapolis is an initiative of the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition. The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition inspires people to bicycle and advocates for a city where everyone feels comfortable riding. Through Open Streets, Bikeways for Everyone and Minneapolis Bike Week, we enjoy engaging and empowering more people to ride comfortably in the City of Minneapolis. 

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Intersection at Washington Avenue, Ontario Street Closed For August 27 Weekend
Posted 8/23/16

The westbound lanes of the Washington and Ontario intersection will be closed for the weekend of August 27, due to construction of a fiber optic line underneath the road.

Westbound vehicles will be detoured via Ontario to Beacon to Oak and back to Washington Avenue.

The west crosswalk one block north and south will be temporarily moved in the roadway.

All other traffic including the light rail will be unaffected. 

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Campus Travel Affected By Minnesota State Fair
Posted 8/10/16

The Minnesota State Fair begins Thursday, August 25 and runs through Monday, September 5.

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.

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Raymond Avenue Closes between Standish St, Como Avenue This Fall
Posted: 08/04/16

The City of St. Paul has scheduled reconstruction for the Raymond Avenue Phase III Paving Project this fall.

This work will be done in two stages. The first stage will be on Raymond Avenue between Standish Street and Como Avenue.

Starting on Tuesday, September 6 through Wednesday, November 23, the roadway will be closed to through traffic. Local access to homes and businesses will be maintained.

Vehicles will be detoured on Highway 280.

Access for pedestrians, bicycle traffic and emergency vehicles will be maintained throughout the project.

The second stage will be on Raymond Avenue between Energy Park Drive and Standish. This will occur in spring of 2017. 

Project Inspector Mike Vanbeusekom from the City of Saint Paul will oversee this project.  Mike’s contact information is 651-266-6083. Note that Mike’s phone does not accept emails or text messages.  Please call and leave a voicemail message if necessary.

Updates will be made available by calling 651-266-ROAD (651-266-7623) or visiting the City’s website at http://www.stpaul.gov/construction.  

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Welcome Week Increases Campus Shuttle Service
Posted: 07/26/16

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

The week-long event starts Wednesday, August 31 and goes through Monday, September 5. 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 outlined below:

Campus Connectors

Monday, August 29 and Tuesday, August 30
7 a.m. - 9:30 p.m., every 15 minutes

Wednesday, August 31
7 a.m. - midnight, every 15 minutes

Thursday, September 1
7 a.m. - 6 p.m., every 15 minutes
5:45 p.m. - 1 a.m. every 15 minutes (gameday shuttle/different stops)

Friday, September 2:
7 - 9 a.m., every 15 minutes
9 a.m. - 6 p.m., every 5 minutes
6 p.m.- 1 a.m., every 15 minutes

Saturday, September 3:
8 a.m. - 10 p.m., every 15 minutes

Sunday, September 4:
9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m., every 20 minutes
11 a.m. - 4 p.m., every 15 minutes
4 p.m. - midnight, every 20 minutes

Labor Day Monday, September 5
9:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m., every 20 minutes

Campus Circulators

The University Avenue Circulator will run Wednesday, August 31 - Monday, September 5 from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. every 15 minutes.

The Stadium Superblock Circulator will run Wednesday, August 31 through Friday, September 2 from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. every 15 minutes. It will not run Saturday, September 3 through Monday, September 5.

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

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Summer Means Changes For Campus Shuttle Service
Posted: 5/09/16

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 16 through Friday, June 10 (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 30 for the University holiday (Memorial Day). There is no service on weekends.

From Monday, June 13 through Friday, August 5 (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 Monday, July 4 for the 4th of July holiday. There is no service on weekends.

For the Summer Vacation period, Monday, August 8 through Tuesday, August 30, Campus Connectors will run 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. every 15 minutes. The last bus leaves St. Paul Student Center at 6 p.m. and the last bus leaves Blegen Hall at 6:05 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 16 through Friday, June 10. The last bus leaves the Carlson School at 6 p.m.

NOTE: There will be no service on Monday, May 30 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 13 through Friday, August 5. The last bus leaves the Carlson School at 9:30 p.m.

NOTE: There will be no service on Monday, 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 8 through Tuesday, August 30. 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 16 through Tuesday, August 30. The last bus leaves the Faye Thompson Center at 5:30 p.m.

NOTE: There will be no service on Monday, May 30 or Monday, 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 16 – Friday, June 10 (no service on Monday, May 30).

Regular 15-minute service Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. resumes Monday, June 13 (no service on Monday, July 4) and ends again on Friday, August 5.

St. Paul Circulators will not run from Saturday, August 6 through Monday, September 5.

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Franklin Avenue Bridge Closure Starts May 8
Posted: 04/26/16

At 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 8, the Franklin Avenue Bridge (County Road 5) in Minneapolis will completely close to all traffic (motor vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians). The bridge is expected to reopen Labor Day weekend. 

This closure is needed to allow for removal of the existing bridge deck and to place new deck panels. More than 360 deck panels were constructed last year and are ready for placement. These panels will be floated down the river and hoisted up to the bridge deck.

Motorists will be directed to a route that uses I-94 to cross the river.

Pedestrians and bicyclists have two options: south to Lake Street/Marshall Avenue or north to Washington Avenue.

Please note, the West River Parkway detour due to the mudslide near the University of Minnesota is still in effect.

Full detour maps can be found on the project website.

Find out more project specifics at www.hennepin.us/franklinbridge.

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Highway 36 Bridge Reconstruction Over Lexington Avenue Planned
Posted: 03/23/16

In April, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will begin work on the Highway 36 project to replace the Highway 36 bridge with two new bridges to carry eastbound and westbound Hwy 36 traffic.

MnDOT will also reconstruct and resurface the ramps at Lexington Avenue and the westbound ramps at Hamline Avenue; resurface Highway 36 between Hamline Avenue and Victoria Street; and replace the two signal systems at the Lexington Avenue ramps.

Lexington Avenue will be closed at Highway 36 and detoured for up to five months during the project. Other ramps in the area also will close during a portion of the work.

When complete in November, the project will improve driver safety and accessibility; lessen congestion, provide smoother road surfaces, and extend the service life of Highway 36 and the bridges at Lexington Avenue.

For more information about the Highway 36 project along with closures and detours, please visit www.mndot.gov/metro/projects/hwy36roseville/ or for other transportation information, please visit www.mndot.gov.

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