Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Lafayette Bridge & Hwy 52

St. Paul

Traffic impacts


Lane and ramp closures

  • Southbound I-35E ramp to eastbound I-94/ southbound Hwy 52 closed through mid-October
    Detour: Southbound I-35E to eastbound Hwy 36 to southbound I-694 to eastbound I-94. Continue southbound on I-694 to southbound I-494 to access Hwy 52. View map (PDF)
  • Plato Boulevard to northbound Hwy 52 is closed through late-October
  • Watch for closures on the southbound bridge through early October.
  • Northbound Hwy 52 will stay in its current alignment on the east half of the bridge through late October as crews finish work on the driving surface of the northbound bridge. Watch for construction vehicles.


  • Ramp from northbound Hwy 52 Lafayette Bridge to East 7th Street will be closed from 7 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9.
  • Both directions of I-94 will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 through 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 12 to remove the old northbound Hwy 52 Lafayette Bridge over Interstate 94.
    • Eastbound I-94 will be closed between Hwy 52 and Hwy 61. The ramp from eastbound I-94 to southbound Hwy 52 and the ramp from northbound Hwy 52 to eastbound I-94 will remain open.
    • Westbound I-94 will be closed between Hwy 61 and I-35E. The ramp from northbound Hwy 52 to westbound I-94 and the ramp from westbound I-94 to southbound Hwy 52 will be closed.
    • The ramp from northbound Hwy 52 to East 7th Street will remain open
  • Detours
    • Eastbound I-94: southbound Hwy 52 to eastbound I-494 to northbound Hwy 61
    • Westbound I-94: Southbound Hwy 61 to westbound I-494 to northbound I-35E (expect for truck traffic)  
    • Truck traffic is encouraged to use either I-694 or I-494 to avoid the closure.

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.