University and 4th - June Updates


Now through late-June

  • 14th Avenue Southeast: Northbound lanes of 14th Avenue Southeast will be closed between University Avenue and Fourth Street. Local business and resident access will be maintained. Southbound lanes not affected. 
  • 18th Avenue Southeast will be closed to through traffic in both directions between University Avenue and Fourth Street. Local business and resident access will be maintained from University Avenue. No access at Fourth Street.

People walking and biking will be provided with a local detour around the work area.


Now through August

  • Fourth Street will be reduced to one lane between Oak Street 15th Avenue Southeast. Crews will work along the north side (right lanes) of Fourth Street. Traffic can continue to use the left lane. Bike and pedestrian access will be maintained. No on-street parking on Fourth Street.
  • Fourth Street will be reduced to two lanes between 15th Avenue Southeast and I-35W. Bike and pedestrian access will be maintained. No on-street parking on Fourth Street. 

Two-week closure this summer

  • A section of Fourth Street will be fully closed to traffic between 17th Avenue and Oak Street for two weeks in late summer while crews construct the new METRO E line bus platform. This closure will be scheduled before fall semester starts at the University of Minnesota.

Weekly office hours

The University and Fourth project team will host weekly summer office hours at the Arvonne Fraser Library (1222 4th Avenue SE), Room 105. If you have questions or would like to know more about the project, stop by from noon to 1 p.m. on these days:

  • Thursday, June 27

Construction information

We are working to minimize disruption while work is ongoing.

If you walk or bike: We will maintain the Fourth Street bike lanes and pedestrian access during construction. There may be times when people walking and rolling will be routed around the construction area for safety.

If you use transit: Bus service will be maintained. Some transit stops will be temporarily closed or relocated as work moves through the construction area. For information on affected stops, visit Metro Transit Rider Alertsor contact your transit service.

If you drive: Generally, Fourth Street will remain open to through traffic, but be alert for lane closures and plan for delays. 

If your home or business is directly on the project area: We will maintain access to your entrance. Contact the project team with any specific concerns. Also be aware, construction activity and noise will generally be restricted to weekdays between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., and Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Please be alert for crews.

If you attend events: We’re working with the University of Minnesota and attractions to mitigate traffic impacts during events in facilities along the corridor. Plan ahead, consider an alternative route, and allow additional time.

If you want to park in the area: On-street parking on Fourth Street for the entire construction area will be temporarily closed during construction. Meter restrictions are coordinated with the City of Minneapolis. Plan ahead to park on another street or in a nearby parking ramp. The University of Minnesota's parking facilities page has a list of nearby ramps.