Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

Nov. 21, 2018

Smith Avenue High Bridge in St. Paul set to reopen Wednesday, Nov. 21

ROSEVILLE, Minn. —Motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists will once again be able to cross the Mississippi River via Smith Avenue in St. Paul by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21

Crews will reopen the Smith Avenue High Bridge after a 15-month closure to reconstruct the bridge deck, and improve pedestrian and bicycle accommodations on the bridge.

Reconstruction of the bridge deck is part of a larger project on Smith Avenue and Dodd Road, also known as Hwy 149. Additional work on Smith Avenue and Dodd Road includes:

  • Resurfacing Smith Avenue and Dodd Road—Hwy 149—between West 7th Street in St. Paul and I-494 in Mendota Heights.
  • Improving drainage, sidewalks and pedestrian accessibility.
  • Replacing signals at five Highway 149 intersections.
  • Constructing an additional left turn lane from westbound I-494 to southbound Dodd Road in Mendota Heights.

The project will extend the lifespan of Hwy 149 and the High Bridge, provide a smoother road surface and improve pedestrian and bicycle accommodations on the bridge.

A short section of the Samuel Morgan Trail that runs beneath the High Bridge and adjacent to the Mississippi River will remain closed through early December while crews finish restoration work near the trail.

Ribbon cutting celebration set for Dec. 2

MnDOT and local partners are hosting a celebration from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 to recognize the reopening of the High Bridge.

The event will feature a brief ribbon cutting followed by a short, festive winter walk to a local business to celebrate. All are welcome to attend. Details are as follows:

  • Ribbon cutting — 1-2 p.m., south end of High Bridge
  • Winter walk — 2-2:30 p.m., south end of High Bridge to Capital View Café
  • Community celebration — 2-4 p.m., Capital View Café, 637 South Smith Ave., St. Paul. Doors will open at 2 p.m.

For more information about the Hwy 149 High Bridge project, or to sign up for project updates, visit: mndot.gov/metro/projects/hwy149highbridge.