Riders who use the Blue or Green line in the late evening and overnight hours in downtown Minneapolis will be put on buses Monday through Wednesday to allow crews to work on a new pedestrian bridge linking the US Bank Stadium with the light-rail station and platform across the street.
Buses will substitute for Blue Line trains between Franklin Avenue and Target Field stations and for Green Line trains between Stadium Village and Target Field stations. Trains will not run between 9 p.m. and 3:30 a.m. all three days, Metro Transit said.
The new walkway costing $9.65 million was approved last fall by the Met Council and is designed to create a safe passage for thousands of fans coming and going from the $1.1 billion stadium where an estimated 400 events are expected to occur annually.
The council is covering $4 million for the bridge and the Vikings are putting in up to $6 million. In exchange, 90 percent of the advertising revenue from light-rail station will go toward repaying the Vikings’ initial contribution for a 30-year period, or until the $6 million contribution is repaid.
The US Bank Station, formerly known as the Downtown East/Metrodome station, is nexus for the Green and Blue trains.
It was not immediately clear if this week will be the last of the construction-related closures. "We'll keep our riders informed" of any subsequent closures, said spokesman Howie Padilla.