Central Avenue will be reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction 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