Super Bowl Road Closures and Lane Restrictions

Jan 22, 2018

Written by: Tom Klaers, Clean Response

This article was written in January for the Super Bowl Edition newsletter.

As many people have already experienced, the Super Bowl at US Bank Stadium will impact traffic flow in and around downtown Minneapolis. The reasons for street closures and lane restrictions include logistics, security, safety, entertainment and events. Downtown properties, businesses and individuals will feel the impact of these temporary changes and traffic congestion is sure to increase.

The Super Bowl Host Committee is estimating 25,000 people daily attending Super Bowl related events on the weekdays and 75,000 people daily attending on weekends, in the two weeks leading up to the big game on Sunday, February 4, 2018.

Road closures for logistical execution and security reasons around the US Bank Stadium began on January 2nd and will be in effect until February 11th:

Chicago Avenue will be closed between 4th Street South and 6th Street South

5th Avenue South will be closed between 11th Avenue South and 6th Street South (access to the 511 building will still be available).

Norm McGrew Place will be closed between 3rd Street South and 4th Street South

Starting Saturday, January 27 through Monday, February 5

4th Street South will be closed between Park Avenue to the I-35W ramp (access to I-35W available via Washington Avenue).

Starting Monday, January 29 through Monday, February 5

6th Street South will be closed between Chicago Avenue and 11th Avenue South

11th Avenue South will be closed between 3rd Street South and 6th Street South

Starting Friday, February 2 through Sunday, February 4:

Several other US Bank Stadium area streets will be closed for Super Bowl game day weekend.

For Super Bowl Live preparation, events, concerts and for the construction of a snow bridge over Nicollet Mall at 9th Street.

Nicollet Mall will be closed to all traffic (including buses which will be rerouted to Hennepin Avenue) from January 13 through February 9 between Washington Avenue and 12th Street

8th Street will be closed between LaSalle Avenue South and Marquette Avenue South from Monday, January 15 through Friday, February 9

The Super Bowl Experience will be at the Minneapolis Convention Center and:

2nd Avenue/Grant Street will be closed in front of the Convention Center between 1st Avenue South and 12th Street from Wednesday, January 24 through Wednesday, February 7.

Lanes will be narrowed on streets crossing Nicollet Mall, as they were during the construction last summer. Activities around Peavey Plaza will also force lane restrictions and many more streets will have the number of lanes available to traffic reduced. Lane restrictions will be accompanied by barriers being set up to protect the pedestrians walking along those streets. Much of the work related to setting up the closures and restrictions will be done at night. The goal is to get all the closures and restrictions lifted by Sunday, February 11.

The Super Bowl Host Committee is encouraging people who live or work in Minneapolis to attend the shows and events. The NFL Experience will be held daily at the Convention Center and the Super Bowl Live events on the Mall will begin about 4:00 PM on weekdays and earlier on weekends. With the potential for traffic and parking issues, people are encouraged to use buses and the light rail to get into downtown. There are phone apps for parking available and the host committee's website has a "Know Before You Go" tab, information on travel by air, public transportation, by car (including information on available parking spaces and parking space reservations), by taxi and Uber/Lyft, about the skyways, and an FAQ tab.

Minnesota residents want our state to shine on this huge national and international stage and everything we can to to prepare for transportation issues, be patient with the, and help minimize delays, will help show the world what "Minnesota Nice" really is.

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