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Getting to the University Campus
World-renowned care is worth a little extra time and planning
Some construction projects (including that of the Central Corridor Light Rail) have affected travel to and around the University. Please use our recommended routes, and incorporate some extra time into your travel plan. We encourage you to check this section before coming to the University campus as we will be updating it regularly.
I94 exit at Riverside Avenue will be closed Oct. 27 – 28
The west bound I94 exit at Riverside Avenue will be closed Saturday, Oct. 27 through Sunday, Oct. 28, because of work on the intersection of Butler Place and Riverside Avenue. Motorists will be directed to use the Cedar Avenue exit to access Riverside Avenue.
We expect the construction and detour to cause traffic delays in the area. Please allow extra time and watch for detour signs when travelling to the West Bank.
The best way to access our East Bank specialty clinics and University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview is via I-94 and the Huron exit. ( Dual bank map /directions; East Bank map/directions.) We recommend you valet or park in the Patient/Visitor Ramp and take the tunnel to your clinic. ( Clinic access (tunnel) map)
The best route for reaching our West Bank specialty clinics and University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital is via I-94 and the Riverside Ave./25th Ave. exit. ( Dual bank map /directions; West Bank map/directions.)
Bank to Bank
If you need to travel from the East Bank to the West Bank or vice versa, use this Bank-to-Bank map for the best route.
Metro Transit bus stops have changed on East Bank and West Bank. For full information on new locations and route detours, visit metrotransit.org/construction or call the Transit Information Center at 612-373-3333.
University of Minnesota Campus Connectors and Circulators bus stops on the West Bank and East Bank have also changed. For detailed information on route and stop locations, visit www1.umn.edu/pts/bus/shuttle.html.
Washington Avenue Bridge Lane Reduction
Now – November 2012
The Washington Ave. Bridge has been reduced to one lane in each direction. Patients and visitors are advised to avoid the bridge, and reach the East Bank via Huron off I-94. Major construction on the bridge is expected to end in November 2012, but the lane reduction is permanent.
Washington Avenue Construction
Most of the construction on Washington Avenue is now complete. Patients/visitors are advised to reach the East Bank via Huron off I-94. Washington Avenue between Church and Walnut will become the Washington Avenue Transit Mall, a pedestrian/transit mall.
About The Light Rail
The light rail will travel through the U of M campus along Washington Ave, connecting the downtowns of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Service is expected to begin in 2014. For more information about the project, visit centralcorridor.org and/or www.metrocouncil.org.Light Rail (West Bank) Animation