Transportation & Parking
There are several detours in Minneapolis involving 35W, including some closed exits. For the most up-to-date information, we encourage you to check with MnDOT and 511 – available via app, call line and website – and/or use the Waze app. As always, there will be ample parking in Uptown, a free bike valet and MetroTransit is once again offering the free ArtPass all weekend. See below for details.
Please consult http://www.511mn.org/ for real-time traffic and closure updates. You will find web links next to the bold project title.
I-35W will close at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3 to 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 6 from Highway 62 to I-694. This is to accommodate work on two projects. We apologize for the inconvenience.
The I-35W@94 project is removing the 40th Street pedestrian bridge. Crews will also do some soil testing in the area and could set beams on the 26th Street bridge.
Crews working on the freeway north of the Mississippi River will resurface the southbound lanes of I-35W from Ramsey County Road C to Fourth Street in Minneapolis. This work is part of the I-35W Minneapolis to Roseville project. http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i35w-mpls-roseville/index.html
The detour is Highway 62 to Highway 100 to I-694. A map is attached.
Highway 280 will be closed except between University to Larpenteur for local traffic.
Highway 36 west is closed at Fairview.
What is open:
I-35W south from 46th Street
I-35W south from I-694 to County Road C
I-35W north from County Road C
The full closure is needed so crews can complete their work safely and efficiently. It also provides a better quality product.
The bridge removal create falling steel and concrete and would be unsafe to have vehicles in the construction area.
Last week: The full closure July 27-30 allowed crews to install a utility casing under the freeway, make a traffic shift on I-94 west, continue work on bridges, do asphalt improvements on some temporary lanes, open the ramp from I-94 west to 11th Street and collect soil samples for an upcoming project.
Crews north of the Mississippi River were able to resurface I-35W north from Fourth Street to County Road C and do concrete and drainage repair on I-35W south. Two photos are attached that show some of the work.
Opening and closing:
The 38th Street bridge is scheduled to open before 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3.
The 40th Street bridge is scheduled to close Friday, Aug. 3. A detour is here.
The ramp from Fourth Avenue/16th Street to I-94 west is closed for two months. A detour map is here.
Highway 7 St. Louis Park to Minnetonka http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/hwy7minnetonkaslp/index.html
The two inside lanes in both directions will close at 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for resurfacing between Louisiana Avenue and Shady Oak Road.
University and Central Avenue Northeast Minneapolis http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/hwy47andhwy65/
The start of this project has been delayed until Sept. 4 because of a delay in getting materials.
Highway 62 Edina to Minnetonka: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/hwy62/index.html
The ramp from Tracy Avenue to eastbound 62 opens Wednesday.
The ramp from SB Hwy 169 to eastbound 62 and the ramp from eastbound 62 to northbound 169 will both open Friday.
The ramp from Gleason Ave. to eastbound 62 opens Saturday.
Plenty of parking is available in the Uptown area to the general public during the Uptown Art Fair and handicap parking is available on Lake Street in-between Humboldt and Fremont (see blue line on map below).
Along with limited street parking within the Uptown neighborhoods, the following parking lots and ramps are available throughout the weekend:
HANDICAP PARKING is located on Lake Street (in between Humboldt and Fremont Ave.). Please see the 2018 MAP for more information.
METRO TRANSIT ART PASS
Visit the Uptown Art Fair with the MetroTransit Art Pass! On Saturday and Sunday, with the downloadable pass (available HERE, you can ride buses and the light rail for free to the Uptown Art Fair and back home again.
The Art Pass is valid on all Metro Transit bus routes and METRO lines, but not on the Northstar line. Show your pass to the driver or Transit Police officer on the light rail for your FREE ride. For route and schedule information, visit www.metrotransit.org/artpass or call 612-373-3333 to speak with a transit expert.
COMPLIMENTARY BIKE VALET PARKING
If you prefer to use two wheels and pedal your way to the fair, we have your bike parking covered. Pull up tin the Bike Valet provided by the My Bike Project on the Mall and Humboldt (near the Midtown Greenway Trail) anytime during Uptown Art Fair hours and our valets will take care of your ride.
We encourage Uptown Art Fair guests to use alternative, environmentally-friendly transportation! The My Bike Project, a non-profit organization, provides programming and resources to encourage bicycling and walking in underrepresented communities throughout the Twin Cities. The My Bike Project is a program of the Cultural Wellness Center, which exists to unleash the power of citizens to heal themselves and to build community.
As a teen and young adult-run venture, The My Bike Project remains committed to expanding bicycling and walking infrastructure that not only creates a culturally empowering lifestyle, but also introduces health engagement process into the community. The program supports a culture that normalizes bicycling and walking for transportation, recreation and health improvement in communities currently experiencing disparities in health, education, and economics.
Open daily, 15 minutes before the fair opens until 15 minutes after it closes.