Just under a mile of a popular riverfront parkway near downtown Minneapolis will resurfaced beginning next week, requiring it to be closed to traffic for about five days.

The .8-mile section of James I. Rice Parkway to be paved lies between Plymouth and Hennepin Avenues. But the parkway will be closed between Plymouth and Portland.

Milling off of the upper two inches of pavement is scheduled to begin on Wednesday and be completed the following day. Repaving is scheduled to start the following day, Aug. 14, and be completed after a weekend break.

The parkway is scheduled to be opened late that Friday until about 6 a.m. the following Monday.

The section to be paved adjoins much of a section of recreational trails that the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board renovated last year.

The parkway is a popular route for rush-hour commuters between north Minneapolis and downtown because it offers a scenic route with fewer stops than the city street grid.