MnDOT historian to share Third Avenue Bridge history


Join MnDOT historian Katie Haun Schuring and our project team for a conversation spanning the history of the Third Ave. Bridge. Learn about early 20th century Minneapolis, the bridge design, interesting features and construction methods used during this time.

This free virtual presentation will be on Tue, Sept. 29 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. An interactive question-and-answer session will take place after the presentation. If you’re not able to attend, a second virtual presentation is planned for late fall. More information on this second opportunity will be available in the coming weeks. 

Register for the virtual presentation.

More bridge history on-demand

Check out more bridge history on the Third Ave. Bridge project page. Through facts and photographs, explore the unique design, construction and legacy of this historic bridge.

More about this project

The historic Third Ave. Bridge over the Mississippi River near St. Anthony Falls, which opened in 1918, is in need of 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 August 2023. There will be a full closure of the bridge from January 2021 through November 2022. Motorists, transit riders, and people walking and bicycling will need to use alternative routes across the river during this time. Dates and details will be provided closer to the bridge closure.

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