Nicollet Mall Construction (FYI if you work or take the bus downtown)

This message is a forward from Zach Farley at CM Frey’s office.

Construction work on the Nicollet Mall redesign is now underway. Shortly after the Independence Day holiday weekend, crews will close the mall to motor vehicle traffic so they can continue upgrading and relocating the lines for power, gas, telecommunications, sanitary sewer and water beneath the street in advance of the complete mall reconstruction in 2016 and 2017. Over the next two years, the entire pedestrian and transit mall will be redone, with a grand opening in 2017. More information on the new design, including renderings of how the new mall will look, is available at Restaurants and businesses along the mall will stay open throughout construction, and pedestrian traffic will continue.

Nicollet Mall bus service moves July 6

Starting Monday, July 6, Nicollet Mall will be closed to all motor vehicle traffic, including buses and taxis, for the entire street reconstruction project.

  • Buses – Metro Transit is rerouting Nicollet Mall bus traffic to other downtown streets beginning July 6. This includes the free rides that connect the Minneapolis Convention Center with the METRO Blue and Green lines. A map and other information on affected bus routes are available at
  • Bicycles – Bike access will be maintained on the mall during 2015 construction. In 2016, bikes will not be allowed on the mall until the street reopens to motor vehicle traffic.
  • Pedestrians – Foot traffic will be maintained throughout construction. Sidewalks on at least one side of the street will be usable at all times, and customers and workers will be able to get to every business.
  • Taxis – Taxis will not be allowed on the mall once construction begins. When the work is completed in 2017, the mall will no longer have taxis north of 12th Street.
  • Farmers market – The Nicollet Mall Farmers Market has moved to Hennepin Avenue until 2017. Go to for more information.
  • Sidewalk dining – There will be sidewalk dining throughout the mall’s reconstruction. However, depending on where work is taking place on any day, restaurants may have outdoor seating temporarily removed during construction.

The Nicollet Mall redesign, from Washington Avenue to Grant Street, includes features that prioritize the space for pedestrians, including hardier trees, enhanced sidewalk spaces, improved lighting and new places for people to enjoy the mall. The City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Downtown Council are working together on the project, with support from both public and private sector entities.

Zack Farley

Aide to Council Member Jacob Frey, 3rd Ward

350 South 5th Street – Room 307 │ Minneapolis, MN 55415-1382

612.673.3126 |

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