Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 65/Third Avenue Bridge


Join us at our virtual historian-led tour

Join MnDOT historian Katie Haun Schuring on Tue, Sept. 29 for a free virtual presentation about early 20th century Minneapolis, the Third Ave. Bridge design, interesting features and construction methods used during this time. For more information, visit the meetings page.

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Traffic impacts

Hwy 65/Third Avenue project location map
Hwy 65/Third Ave. Bridge project location map.
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All traffic impacts are tentative and weather dependent.


Lane closures

Mon, May 18 through Thu, Dec. 31
  • The Third Ave. bridge is reduced to a single lane in both directions
    • A transit-only lane will support buses traveling in/out of downtown Minneapolis during the weekday rush hours
    • Pedestrians and bicyclists will share the protected sidewalks on the bridge. Please use extra care while passing.
    • View graphic of partial closure (JPG)
Construction noise

Crews will work to minimize project noise; however, residents and business owners near the bridge may experience noise, including overnight, during the work.


Information about upcoming traffic impacts will be posted as details become available.

About this project

Summary of work

The historic Hwy 65/Third Ave. Bridge, over the Mississippi River between Second St. SE and First St. S in Minneapolis, needs significant repairs. The 102 year old structure first opened to traffic in 1918.

  • Renovate the Third Ave. Bridge
  • Improve bicycle and walking paths
  • Repair concrete under the bridge
  • Maintain and enhance the bridge’s historic and artistic nature
  • Improve lighting