MINNEAPOLIS - City leaders outlined plans Tuesday for a pilot project the weekend of Oct. 28, designed to improve traffic flow and nightlife experience in Minneapolis' Warehouse District.

The city says the project is part of a larger effort to enhance the vibrancy of the district's nightlife.

“My goal is to ensure that the City is pulling all the levers we can to make sure that everyone who visits Downtown Minneapolis has an inviting and vibrant experience,” said Mayor Betsy Hodges. “We want to have a weekend nighttime experience that works for everyone.”

“Downtown Minneapolis is the entertainment hub of our entire region, and the logistics of tens of thousands of people converging in a small area to have fun can be challenging,” said Steve Cramer, President and CEO of the Minneapolis Downtown Council and Downtown Improvement District.

Around bar close, traffic control agents on Third and Sixth streets will allow limos, taxis and Metro Transit buses to enter the restricted area on First and Hennepin Avenues. The restricted area will be closed to other motorists except for those leaving the area.

Permanent parking restrictions will also go into effect starting Friday on Third Street North. Stopping or parking will not be allowed after 11 p.m. on both sides of Third Street between Hennepin Avenue and 2nd Avenue North Friday through Sunday nights.

Food trucks will also be part of the pilot project weekend, adding another late-night dining option in the Warehouse District.