You may have noticed that city crews have started scraping off pavement markings on 1st Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. The reason is the street is being reconfigured to return on-street parking to the curb.

A city analysis of traffic volumes found that a southbound lane is not needed during the morning rush hour, so the city is moving the bike lane away from the curb and eliminating the off-set parking arrangement. Motorists will now park immediately next to the curb like they do almost everywhere else in downtown.

Currently 1st Avenue has two northbound and southbound lanes during peak travel periods between Washington Avenue and 8th Street. The right lane is used for parking during non-peak periods with a bike lane that runs immediately next to the curb. The change will switch the bike lane and the parking spaces and allow one northbound and one southbound travel lane at all times.

Crews will begin seal coating the street and laying down tar and rock chips on Thursday.  Excess materials will be swept up over the weekend and new pavement markings will be put down on Monday. Parking will not be allowed until Tuesday when hoods placed over metered spaces are removed.

Overhead message signs will flash messages to remind drivers not to park on 1st Avenue.

This schedule is weather dependent and may be delayed to due to adverse conditions.

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