Ramp Closures Scheduled for Safety Fence Installation near Minneapolis Homeless Encampment

Ramp Closures Scheduled for Safety Fence Installation near Minneapolis Homeless Encampment Photo: KSTP/Matt Belanger

October 24, 2018 06:11 AM

Drivers planning to take eastbound Interstate 94 near downtown Minneapolis Wednesday might have to take an alternate route if planning to access southbound Highway 55/Hiawatha Avenue.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is closing the ramp from eastbound I-94 to southbound Highway 55 as well as the southbound Highway 55 ramp to Cedar Avenue between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. while crews work to install a safety fence.

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The fence is meant to help protect those living in the Franklin/Hiawatha homeless encampment.

According to MnDOT, traffic will be redirected via Interstate 394 to southbound Highway 100 to eastbound Highway 62.


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Meanwhile, officials are expected to release more information about a center being built to support those at the homeless encampment.

The Minneapolis City Council approved $1.5 million to build a center near Franklin and Cedar avenues.

The center will reportedly be modeled after similar concepts in Seattle, San Diego and San Francisco.

Wednesday, officials are expected to discuss who might run the center and how it will operate.

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