Weekend closure of the Third Ave Bridge begins July 31

Beginning 8 p.m. Fri, July 31, the Third Ave. Bridge will be fully closed until 5 a.m. Mon, Aug. 3. The closure will allow construction crews to shift equipment to the other side of the bridge and reconfigure travel lanes. Crews will be working around the clock to complete the weekend work. Nearby residents and businesses should expect noise. Motorists, transit riders, and people walking and bicycling will need to use alternative routes across the river during this time.

Construction Progress

Image of Falsework. Falsework is the temporary support, such as steel pipes and beams.

Crews are preparing the bridge for the closure when they will start removing and rebuilding the bridge. We are setting falsework to help speed up the deconstruction and construction portions and try to minimize the amount of the time that the bridge is closed. Falsework is the temporary support, such as steel pipes and beams that is used during construction until the bridge can support itself. The falsework is not a permanent part of the bridge. This also involves working on the utilities under the bridge and protecting them from the future work. Crews also started on the repair work on a pier near Main St.


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Construction begins next week on new Holmes Park playground

Illustration of the 5-12 year-old large structure area. 


Construction begins next week (week of July 27) on a new playground at Holmes Park. The playground will be closed during construction, which is expected to last about a month.

The new playground includes:

A play area for kids ages 2-5

• Play Fort

• Swings

• Play Mound with Slide

A play area for kids ages 5-12

• Swings

• Double Arch Swings

• Spinner

• Play Mounds

• See-Saw for up to five kids

• Large Structure with slides, overhead ladders, climbers, accessible ramp access

• Free Standing Climber

• Music Play

A shade structure with seating


Project Page: 


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Comments sought on new proposed change to the City Charter

The Minneapolis Charter Commission has proposed another possible change to the City Charter, our City's constitution, and will seek public input on this proposal.

This new proposal removes minimum funding requirements for the Police Department without eliminating Police as a required department.

The public hearing for this proposed Charter amendment is set for:

  • Monday, July 27 at 5 p.m. online.

This is the second of two proposed amendments. City Council submitted the first proposal  described below. As with the City Council's proposed amendment, this new amendment would also be sent to the voters in the November election if approved by Hennepin County's Aug. 21 ballot question deadline.

If both proposals are approved by the deadline, they could both appear as ballot questions this November.

City Council's proposed Charter amendment to create Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention

The Charter Commission's new proposal is separate from the Minneapolis City Council's existing proposal to eliminate Police as a required department in the City Charter and instead require the creation of a Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention, which may include a police division.

The public hearings for this first proposed Charter amendment were on July 15 and July 21, and public comments can still be submitted.

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Public Hearing this Wednesday on Revised 2020 Budget

Public Hearing this Wednesday on Revised 2020 Budget

The City Council’s Budget Committee will hold a second public hearing this Wednesday, July 22, on proposed revisions to the City’s 2020 budget.

Public Hearing on Amended 2020 Budget

10:00 A.M. this Wednesday, July 22

You can watch the online meetings and participate in the online public hearings.

The City Council is scheduled to vote on Friday, July 24 on the revised 2020 budget.

For more information about the City’s budget, visit minneapolismn.gov/budget.


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Public Hearing this Tuesday on Proposed Charter Amendment Creating New Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention

Public Hearing this Tuesday on Proposed Charter Amendment Creating New Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention

The Minneapolis Charter Commission is seeking public comments on a proposed amendment to the City charter related to the future of public safety. People can submit their comments online or provide them directly to members of the commission at a public hearing on Tuesday.

The proposed amendment, submitted by the City Council, proposes removing the Police Department from the charter and adding a new Community Safety & Violence Prevention Department.

The virtual public hearing will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21. Participation instructions will be published on the City’s website. If you’re interested in speaking at either or both of the public hearings, you can pre-register using the online registration form.

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Community Notification: Level III Predator offender residing in Marcy-Holmes

Community Notification Flyer

This flyer is being distributed to people living in the area where a LEVEL Ill Predatory Offender is residing.

Offender: Brent Murray Spafford

DOB: 8/13/1980

Neighborhood: Marcy-Holmes


Helpful Websites:

http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/police/about/investigations/police crime-prevention sex-offender

For more information about this offender, please call The Minneapolis Police Department's Predatory Offender Registration Unit at 612-673-3932. If there is enough community interest, the Minneapolis Police Department will host a meeting on this offender. 

  • If you would like help translating this information, please call~ 612-673-3932.
  • Para asistencia ~ 612-673-2700
  • Rau kev pab ~ 612-673-2800
  • Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay ~ 612-673-3500
  • TTY users call~ 612-673-21 57
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10th Avenue Bridge Update Meeting

10th Ave Bridge and Watermain Project

This project will rehabilitate the historic 10th Ave SE bridge over the Mississippi River and W River Pkwy. A new water main will be installed under the river as part of the project.

Latest Project News

Construction Update Meeting - Friday, July 24, 2020 - at 10:30 a.m.

Project staff will hold a virtual construction update meeting next Friday using GoTo Meeting. Members of the public are invited to join the online meeting and hear updates on construction progress and speak with project staff.

Please use this link to join the 10th Ave Bridge Online Construction Update Meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone:


You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (224) 501-3412 
Access Code: 784-924-461  

The bridge was closed on March 30th and the contractor has been actively working on repairs. For more details on the repairs, schedule and bridge deck changes, please see the latest Construction Update or go to the project page 10thavebridge.com


What's Coming Up

The bridge will remain closed to all traffic including, vehicles, bikes, and pedestrians until Summer 2021.

West River Parkway (roadway only) will be closed to motor vehicles through November 1, 2020. The adjacent trail will remain open for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Work requires the use of heavy equipment that will increase noise, vibration, and dust in work areas.

Access to adjacent apartments and businesses will remain open during the construction activity.

For more information on this project contact: 

Bridge Contact: Meseret Wolana, [email protected] or 612-673-3527

Water Main Contact: Peter Pfister, [email protected] or 612-661-4906


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City Planning Commission Hearing: July 20, 2020

Paul Ragozzino with Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc., on behalf of UP CAMPUS HOLDINGS, LLC, has submitted the following land use applications for the property located at 800 and 808 14th Ave SE and 1415 8th St SE:

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City of Minneapolis News Update • 7/10/20

This newsletter provides updates on the City's response to COVID-19, an overview of recovery efforts underway, efforts to transform public safety and other important news and information from the City of Minneapolis.

To subscribe to this City-produced newsletter, please click HERE.


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Mark your calendar for Census Week of Action, July 13–17.

Mark your calendar for Census Week of Action, July 13–17. Census teams around the state – and across the country – will work together for five consecutive days to boost census awareness and engagement in the final weeks before enumerators hit the streets in early August.

With over 71% of households having completed the census already, Minnesota has the leading self-response rate in the nation. However, that means nearly 30% of households in our state still haven't been counted. Residents in those non-responsive households are likely part of historically undercounted groups, such as renters, people with low income, young adults, people of color, children under the age of five, new immigrants, and people who do not speak English as their native language. Those are the Minnesotans we are trying to reach next week, and we need your help to do that.


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