Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Feb. 24, 2014

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Hwy 52 Lafayette Bridge traffic shifting to new northbound bridge on Saturday, March 1


Hwy 52 Lafayette Bridge vehicle length restrictions to end Friday, Feb. 28

ROSEVILLE, Minn. – Both directions of Highway 52 will close at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 1 between Concord Street and Interstate 94 as crews move northbound and southbound traffic to the newly completed northbound Lafayette Bridge.


The traffic switch will allow construction crews to demolish the old southbound Lafayette Bridge and begin construction of its replacement, east of downtown St. Paul.


Motorists should follow the posted detour using I-494, Highway 61 and I-94 to bypass the closure.


When the traffic switch is completed, northbound and southbound Highway 52 traffic will be two lanes in each direction on the Lafayette Bridge. The traffic switch is expected to be complete by 5 a.m. Monday, March 3, weather permitting.


At the same time, the ramp from southbound Highway 52 to Plato Boulevard also will close for construction of the new southbound Lafayette Bridge. The ramp from Plato Boulevard to northbound Highway 51 and the ramp from eastbound I-94 to southbound Highway 52 will remain closed. Motorists will be able to use Eaton Street from Highway 52 to access businesses along Plato Boulevard and Eaton Street.


All ramps will reopen to traffic in September of 2015 following completion of the southbound bridge.


Vehicle length restrictions crossing the Lafayette Bridge also will be lifted Friday evening, Feb. 28.

For more project information of to sign up for email project updates, visit the project website at www.mndot.gov/lafayettebridge/. Statewide traffic, construction and travel information is available at www.511mn.org or call 5-1-1.

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