Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Lafayette Bridge & Hwy 52

St. Paul

Traffic impacts


Lane and ramp closures

  • Southbound Hwy 52 is reduced to a single lane between East 7th Street and Plato Boulevard until Monday, Aug. 17.
  • The ramp from southbound I-35E to southbound Hwy 52 closes is closed. It is expected to reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 17.

Detour: eastbound I-94, southbound Hwy 61, westbound I-494, and Hwy 52.

  • Eastbound I-94 to southbound Hwy 52 is closed until September 2015. Motorists should instead follow eastbound I-94 to southbound Hwy 61 to westbound I-494 to Hwy 52.
  • Plato Boulevard to northbound Hwy 52 is closed until September 2015.
  • Southbound Hwy 52 to Plato Boulevard is closed until September 2015. Motorists should instead use the Eaton Street exit, turn left onto Easton Street, turn left onto East Lafayette Road, and follow to Plato Boulevard.
  • Watch for daytime lane closures and occasional ramp closures and detours between Concord Street and the Lafayette Bridge. Follow the signed detours.

Permanently closed

  • Eastbound East 7th Street ramp to westbound I-94 is permanently closed.
  • 5th Street: Closed east of Johns Street and no longer exists as a street.
  • 4th Street: Closed to vehicles. Bicyclists have access to Bruce Vento trail by way of 4th Street.
  • Kittson Street north of 7th street no longer exists. It will be the new northbound Hwy 52 to 7th Street Exit.
  • Kittson Street south of the Downtowner and Holiday Station no longer exists.

Bicycle/Pedestrian trail

At this time there are no plans to open the trail prior to the end of bridge construction in Oct. 2015. The trail is currently being used for construction traffic signs to direct northbound traffic. These signs are large and take up half of the width of the trail. There is no room on the bridge driving lanes to install these signs. 

About this project

When completed, the two new Lafayette Bridges (northbound and southbound) will provide two through-lanes and an auxiliary lane in each direction for entering and exiting traffic. The project also includes the modification and realignment of the Hwy 52 bridges over I-94. When completed, the new northbound Lafayette Bridge will include a pedestrian and bicycle crossing over the Mississippi River.

Re-decking of the Hwy 52 bridges over Plato Boulevard and Eaton Street south of the Mississippi River was completed in the fall of 2011, along with repairs and resurfacing of the Highway 52 bridges crossing Concord Street.

Summary of work

  • The northbound Hwy 52 Lafayette Bridge was constructed 2011-2013.
  • Traffic is switched to two lanes in each direction on the new northbound Hwy 52 Lafayette Bridge.
  • The existing Lafayette Bridge will be demolished, and the new southbound Hwy 52 Bridge will be constructed in 2014-2015.
  • Motorists will experience ramp closures during construction but Hwy 52 will remain open for the full construction period.