Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 65 Railroad Bridge Replacement


Project update

Traffic impacts

Hwy 65/Central Avenue between just north of Northeast 14th Avenue and just south of Northeast 18th Avenue is open to two lanes in each direction through the 2014/2015 winter months.

Hwy 65 map

Crews demolished the BNSF Bridge over Central Avenue on Monday, Aug. 4. Click map for larger PDF version.

March 10 through June 2015
Central Avenue between 14th and 18th Avenues is reduced to one lane in each direction so crews can construct the retaining walls and replace the sidewalks, curbs and repair the road.



  • The sidewalk on the east side of Central Avenue under the BNSF Bridge will also remain open throughout the winter. The sidewalk on the west side of Central Avenue will remain closed until next summer.

About this project

The existing bridge spanning Hwy 65/Central Avenue between 14th Avenue NE and 18th Avenue NE was constructed in 1924 and carries the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railroad. The bridge has aged and needs to be replaced. MnDOT, the City of Minneapolis and BNSF Railway have been working together to develop the design and construction plans for a new bridge. See the scoping map for more details.

Summary of work

  • Replace the existing bridge with a newer structure for railroad traffic
  • Raise the existing vertical clearance for Hwy 65/Central Avenue traffic
  • Resurface Hwy 65 between 14th Avenue NE and 18th Avenue NE and construct new sidewalks and retaining walls


  • Approximately $14 million