Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 65/Third Avenue Bridge

Minneapolis

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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.

Current

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.

Upcoming

Information about upcoming traffic impacts will be posted as details become available. Motorists can expect short-term lane shifts, one-way travel on Main St. and traffic control support at key intersections during rush hour. Expect noise, lights, dust, and overnight work near the bridge site.

People can expect restricted bicycling and walking on both sides of the Mississippi River and short-term trail closures along West River Pkwy. Please share the path along Main St. under the bridge and keep your distance from construction equipment and materials.

Bridge closures

January 2021 through November 2022

About this project

The 102-year-old Hwy 65/Third Ave. Bridge over the Mississippi River is deteriorating and requires repairs to continue to safely transport people and goods into and out of downtown Minneapolis. Crews will fully close the bridge to complete the project work. Once completed, users will enjoy a smoother road surface, improved safety and accessibility features, and enhanced historic and visual features.

Benefits of the project include smoother road surface, improved safety and accessibility features and enhanced historic and visual features.

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Summary of work

The following construction and preservation activities will extend the bridge's service life for another 50 years:

  • Repair bridge and replace bridge deck
  • Update lighting
  • Repair the historic ornamental railing
  • Maintain and enhance the bridge's historic and visual appeal
  • Repair the City of Minneapolis’s water main on the bridge
  • Improve bicycling and walking paths
  • Make it safer for bicyclists by separating them from vehicle traffic
Rendering of the future Third Ave. Bridge after repairs are completed. The final bridge color will be chosen later in the project after testing color samples on site.

Rendering of the future Third Ave. Bridge after repairs are completed. The final bridge color will be chosen later in the project after testing color samples on site.
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Why fully close the bridge?

The design and condition of the Third Ave. Bridge do not allow it to be reconstructed while keeping part of the bridge open to traffic. Other reasons for fully closing the bridge are:

  • More work space for the contractors
  • Safer working conditions for crews and travel conditions for the public
  • Availability of alternative routes for pedestrians, bicyclists, vehicles and buses
  • Fewer impacts to the surrounding natural environment

Enhancements

Take a look at what the bridge is anticipated to look like once construction is complete.

Rendering of the future Third Ave. Bridge after repairs are completed.

Rendering of the future Third Ave. Bridge showing how vehicles and people walking and bicycling will travel after the bridge repairs are completed.
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