Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 65 Railroad Bridge Replacement


Project update

Hwy 65 map
Click map for larger PDF version.

Traffic impacts

When construction begins Hwy 65/Central Avenue between just north of Northeast 14th Avenue and just south of Northeast 18th Avenue will be closed.

All local businesses and residences will remain accessible throughout the project.

Proposed vehicle, bike and pedetrian detour map (PDF)

March 31 – May 18

  • Northbound Central Avenue between 13th Ave and the BNSF Bridge is reduced to one lane of traffic for utility work.

May 19 – Fall 2014

  • Central Avenue between 18th and 14th Avenues will be closed to through traffic. Access to businesses along Central Avenue will be maintained.
  • Central Avenue under the BNSF Bridge will  be closed to through traffic and pedestrians.

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


  • Second project open house: Fall 2013
  • Project let date for construction: February 2014
  • Construction begins: spring 2014
  • Construction substantially completed: Late Fall through spring 2015


  • Approximately $14 million