Westbound lanes open between 2nd and Hennepin avenues
Westbound lanes on Washington Avenue between 2nd and Hennepin avenues are now open. Some intermittent single lane closures through this stretch may still occur in the coming weeks, as crews complete activities behind the curb such as installing signage, light fixtures and other touch-up work.
Westbound through traffic should continue to use the signed detour on 3rd Street, as work continues between 2nd and 5th avenues. The 3rd Street detour now returns to Washington Avenue at Marquette Avenue, instead of Hennepin. The rest of Washington Avenue between 2nd and 5th avenues is currently expected to reopen to traffic late November or early December.
3rd Avenue one lane in each direction
Traffic at the 3rd Avenue intersection is currently reduced to one lane in each direction as crews work in the northeast quadrant. Motorists should expect delays and may consider choosing an alternate route such as Hennepin or Portland avenues. This work is expected to be complete in late November.
5th Avenue intersection fully reopened
Both northbound and southbound lanes at the intersection of 5th Avenue and Washington Avenue are now fully reopen.
Washington Avenue detour
Westbound lanes on Washington Avenue between Portland and 2nd avenues are currently closed to traffic as crew reconstruct the roadway. The detour for motorists follows Portland Avenue, 3rd Street South, Marquette Avenue and then returns to Washington Avenue. There is no detour for pedestrians or eastbound Washington Avenue. Eastbound traffic is reduced to two lanes through the work area.
Options for traveling north out of Downtown
In addition to the 3rd Avenue and Hennepin Avenue bridges across the river, the recently constructed ramp from 4th Street South to I-35W North is another good option for traveling north out of the downtown area.
Hennepin County recently completed the 4th 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/4th Street Southeast interchange during peak times.