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South Parking Ramp at 50th & France to Temporarily Close for Repairs
The South Parking Ramp at 50th & France will temporarily close June 12 for repairs. The public parking facility located at 4050 W. 51st St. is expected to remain closed for approximately four to eight weeks while the contractor completes repairs. The temporary closure is limited to the parking garage only. Pedestrian routes will still be available throughout the block, and alley access will remain open for business deliveries. Parking will be available in the ramp through Sunday, June 11. Beginning Monday, June 12th, entry points to the ramp will be blocked off, and only authorized construction workers on the project will have access. Pedestrians traveling in the walkways around the ramp should follow all posted signs and refrain from entering the construction site.
About the Closure
The City’s parking ramps undergo annual inspections. Then, the City performs routine maintenance each year to keep the public parking facilities in good condition. Repairs of the ramp, originally constructed in 1968 and the oldest parking facility operated by the City, were scheduled for this spring. Unfortunately, when repairs began in April, damage was worse than expected. Excessive decay was discovered in four structural concrete support columns on the southwest side of the street level near West 51st Street. The columns must be rebuilt. Work has been paused at the ramp since the damage to the support columns was identified. The facility is safe for the time being because temporary structural supports – called shoring – have been in place since repairs began in April, but the work must be finished this summer, requiring the ramp’s temporary closure.
Along with engineering firm Kimley-Horn and Associates and construction contractor RAM Construction Services, the City looked at multiple options to try to leave portions of the ramp open while completing the structural repairs, but since the columns are load-bearing, the decision was made to close the entire parking garage out of an abundance of caution while the work is finished. In addition to making the needed structural repairs, the City will maximize the closure period to simultaneously complete other maintenance projects in the South Ramp.
Free parking is available in the Center and North Ramps and in other spots throughout the district.
You will find ample complimentary parking available in several locations. Please refer to map above and keep an eye on signage in each area. We have over 1000 free stalls available for our customers at 50th & France!
- North Ramp: accessible from Market Street
- Center Ramp: underground, accessible from Market Street
- South Ramp: accessible from west 51st Street
- Ewing Lot: accessible from Ewing Avenue
Looking for Employee Parking Passes?
Full- and part-time employees working on the Edina side of the district may purchase parking permits to park in designated areas. Employees may not park in the ramps without a permit. Daily, quarterly, overnight and annual permits are available each year.
Visit the City of Edina's parking page for more information and to purchase your pass.
The district is easily accessible via the Route 6 and 46 bus lines.
For information on how to plan your route to and from 50th & France via Metro Transit, visit its TRIP PLANNER TOOL to find the bus schedule to fit your needs.