Options for traveling north out of Downtown
In addition to the Third Street and Hennepin Avenue bridges across the river, the recently constructed ramp from Fourth Street South to I-35W North is another good option for traveling north out of the downtown area.
Hennepin County recently completed the Fourth Street South ramp in coordination with the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the City of Minneapolis to help relieve congestion on Washington Avenue and at the University/Fourth Street Southeast interchange during peak times.
5th Avenue intersection
Starting at 4 p.m. Friday, October 14, crews opened a northbound through lane at the 5th Avenue intersection. All below ground utility work is now complete and crews are continuing with work on curbs and gutters. The intersection is expected to fully open in early November.
3rd Avenue intersection
Work began Monday, October 17 in the northwest part of the 3rd Avenue intersection. Two lanes of traffic in each direction will be maintained for the next couple weeks while this work occurs. Crews will then flip to the other side of the intersection. Pedestrians should cross on the side opposite the active work area.
2nd Avenue intersection
All work is now complete and the intersection is fully reopened.
Washington Avenue detour
Starting early morning on Monday, August 15, the detour of westbound lanes of Washington Avenue (County Road 152) in downtown Minneapolis will begin at Portland Avenue. The detour currently begins at Second Avenue South.
This detour for motorists and bicyclists will follow Portland Avenue, Third Street South, Hennepin Avenue and then return to Washington Avenue. There is no detour for pedestrians or eastbound Washington Avenue.
In addition, eastbound traffic will be reduced to two lanes through the work area.