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Just under a mile of a popular riverfront parkway near downtown Minneapolis will be resurfaced, beginning next week.

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

Milling off the upper 2 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 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.