Bridge reopening rescheduled to fall 2023

A note from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT):

MnDOT is working closely with our contractor to determine how quickly they can reopen the bridge. Currently, the bridge is scheduled to reopen to traffic in October 2023. MnDOT doesnot have an exact date that we can share today, but we will provide an update as soon as we can.

Construction update

Signs of spring are everywhere, including on the Third Ave. Bridge construction site.

It was quieter during the winters months as construction crews worked through the meticulous process of concrete surface repairs. These repairs are ongoing, and we are adding more crews and work into our schedule now that it’s warming up.

Here is what you may see from a distance:

  • Crews will start pouring the concrete overlays for the driving surface and sidewalks on the north and south ends of the bridge deck. They will alternate between work areas so they can still access the bridge while the concrete is drying.
  • The refurbished ornamental railings are also being brought to the site for installation. Some pieces have already been unwrapped to take measurements before installation.

More about this project

The historic Third Ave. Bridge over the Mississippi River near St. Anthony Falls opened in 1918 and needs significant repairs. The bridge carries Third and Central avenues, which are part of Hwy 65.

Construction began in May 2020 and is anticipated to be complete in summer 2023.

For more information, visit the project webpage. To contact the project team email [email protected] or call the project hotline at 612-547-7968.

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