A month of traffic disruptions in downtown Minneapolis has started, as roads around U.S. Bank Stadium closed ahead of Super Bowl LII.
The City of Minneapolis confirmed roads near the stadium closed Tuesday morning as preparations get underway for the NFL's showpiece game.
The closures include Chicago Avenue between 4th and 6th Streets, Norm McGrew Place between 3rd and 4th Streets, and 5th Street South between 11th Street and the 511 Building's loading dock.
The closures will remain in place until mid-February, and they're the first of multiple shut downs expected in the run-up to the Super Bowl on Feb. 4.
Other streets around the stadium, including 6th Street South between 11th and Chicago, will close towards the end of January.
Nicollet Mall between 6th and 12th Streets will close starting Jan. 15, ahead of the Super Bowl Live festival being held on the street.
And 2nd Avenue/Grant Street around the Minneapolis Convention Center will close starting Jan. 24, with intermittent closures of other roads also expected around the exhibition center from that date onwards.
The city, Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee and the NFL have been working for months on the traffic plan, which is designed to be as "minimally disruptive as possible, while enhancing the events of the Super Bowl experience."