Eerie Washington Avenue calm before light rail storm

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Cars, trucks, buses and bikes are diverted.

Pedestrians are on sidewalks behind a high cyclone fence.

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Hard hat-wearing workers are measuring and generally taking stock before the earth movers arrive.

Washington Avenue at Oak is closed as it runs through the University of Minnesota’s east bank campus.

One U grad student calls the scene, “post apocalyptic.”

Not for long. The heavy equipment arrives soon to turn Washington Avenue into a transit mall for the Central Corridor light rail line. Completion? 2014.

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