Washington Avenue Bridge lane closures begin for light rail construction

Categories: Commuting, U of M

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The Central Corridor light rail will cross the Mississippi on the Washington Avenue Bridge.
Driving back and forth between the East and West Bank campuses at the U of M is about to get trickier, because crews are going to start lane closures on Saturday related to light rail construction.

The Met Council says the bridge's inner lanes will be closed, reducing traffic to one lane in either direction as they remove the media on the west end of the bridge.

That means major headaches for anyone headed to Saturday's men's basketball and hockey games, and for weekday commuters thereafter.

More lane shifts are scheduled for early March as work begins on replacing the bridge's vehicle deck, and adding double tracks for Central Corridor trains.

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Bike rider and pedestrians will shift to the south side of the top deck of the bridge next year.
The work is expected to go on well into 2012, and the Met Council is urging drivers to use either the Tenth Avenue or I-35W bridges as alternate routes.

Bike riders and pedestrians using the upper deck can continue using the north side this year, and the then will be shifted to the south side next year.


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