Expect several partial light rail shutdowns over the next few months

Among the upgrades planned is construction of new track sections in downtown Minneapolis, allowing trains to move from one side of the tracks to the other.

The partial shutdown of one of the Twin Cities light rail lines this weekend will kick off a series of partial closures over the next few months.

The Green Line between Minneapolis and St. Paul will be closed between Stadium Village and Snelling Avenue stations starting 7 p.m. Friday and continuing until 3 a.m. Monday, Metro Transit announced.

Replacement bus services will run in their place at similar times to the trains, but those planning on traveling are being told to expect their journey to take longer than usual, as work crews carry out track repairs near Prior and University avenues.

There are three more weekend closures in the coming months that will affect both lines as work is carried out in downtown Minneapolis.

Among the upgrades planned is construction of new track sections in downtown Minneapolis, allowing trains to move from one side of the tracks to the other.

The Blue Line will close between Target Field and Franklin Ave. stations and the Green Line between Target Field and the Stadium Village between Friday Apr. 7 and Monday, Apr. 10 and Thursday, June 1 and Monday, June, 5.

These sections will then be closed for a 10-day period between June 23 and July 3, which is bad news for anyone attending a Twins game.

There's one more shutdown on the Blue Line planned, between Friday, May 12 and Monday, May 15, between Franklin Ave. and 38th St. stations.

Lighting improvements are also planned at the Nicollet Mall Station and Warehouse/Hennepin Avenue Station – the latter of which is also getting a new pedestrian barrier.

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