Work was postponed because the Mississippi was too high
Third Avenue Bridge weekend closure begins Aug. 28
Beginning 8 p.m. Fri, Aug. 28, the Third Ave. Bridge will be fully closed to allow construction crews to move equipment below the bridge to continue repair work on the bridge piers. The bridge is expected to reopen 5 a.m. Mon, Aug. 31. Crews will be working around the clock to complete the weekend work. Motorists, transit riders, and people walking and bicycling will need to use alternative routes across the river during this time.
Crews will begin repairing the bridge piers. These pier structures extend into the river below and support the foundation of the bridge. See below for a photo of the current aging pier structures.
All construction activities and closures are weather permitting and subject to change.
Beginning 8 p.m. Fri, July 31, the Third Ave. Bridge will be fully closed until 5 a.m. Mon, Aug. 3. The closure will allow construction crews to shift equipment to the other side of the bridge and reconfigure travel lanes. Crews will be working around the clock to complete the weekend work. Nearby residents and businesses should expect noise. Motorists, transit riders, and people walking and bicycling will need to use alternative routes across the river during this time.
Crews are preparing the bridge for the closure when they will start removing and rebuilding the bridge. We are setting falsework to help speed up the deconstruction and construction portions and try to minimize the amount of the time that the bridge is closed. Falsework is the temporary support, such as steel pipes and beams that is used during construction until the bridge can support itself. The falsework is not a permanent part of the bridge. This also involves working on the utilities under the bridge and protecting them from the future work. Crews also started on the repair work on a pier near Main St.
The Minneapolis Charter Commission has proposed another possible change to the City Charter, our City's constitution, and will seek public input on this proposal.
This new proposal removes minimum funding requirements for the Police Department without eliminating Police as a required department.
The public hearing for this proposed Charter amendment is set for:
- Monday, July 27 at 5 p.m. online.
This is the second of two proposed amendments. City Council submitted the first proposal described below. As with the City Council's proposed amendment, this new amendment would also be sent to the voters in the November election if approved by Hennepin County's Aug. 21 ballot question deadline.
If both proposals are approved by the deadline, they could both appear as ballot questions this November.
City Council's proposed Charter amendment to create Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention
The Charter Commission's new proposal is separate from the Minneapolis City Council's existing proposal to eliminate Police as a required department in the City Charter and instead require the creation of a Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention, which may include a police division.
The public hearings for this first proposed Charter amendment were on July 15 and July 21, and public comments can still be submitted.
Public Hearing this Wednesday on Revised 2020 Budget
The City Council’s Budget Committee will hold a second public hearing this Wednesday, July 22, on proposed revisions to the City’s 2020 budget.
Public Hearing on Amended 2020 Budget
10:00 A.M. this Wednesday, July 22
The City Council is scheduled to vote on Friday, July 24 on the revised 2020 budget.
For more information about the City’s budget, visit minneapolismn.gov/budget.