Minnesota Department of Transportation

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June 26, 2020

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Robert Street Bridge in St. Paul to close for six weeks beginning July 11

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Beginning Saturday, July 11, the Minnesota Department of Transportation will close the Robert Street Bridge over the Mississippi River in St. Paul through late August to repair and extend the life of the bridge’s pavement.

Motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists should follow detour signs to use the nearby Wabasha Street Bridge during the six-week project.

This detour route may be adjusted as needed during construction. Travelers also should plan for possible delays through August.

These bridge repairs are part of MnDOT’s work to improve and plan for the future of Robert Street. Earlier this summer, MnDOT began repairing the pavement on Robert Street between Annapolis Street in the West Side neighborhood and 11th Street in downtown St. Paul.

This work involved resurfacing to seal minor cracks and improve the pavement surface and restriping to reduce the number of lanes in certain stretches to improve safety for all users.

The future of Robert Street

Robert Street serves as a major artery into downtown St. Paul. It’s also a gateway to one of the city’s most diverse business districts in the West Side neighborhood business district and many residential communities.

More significant construction improvements are planned for 2025 or 2026 to further improve this heavily used road. MnDOT will engage with the community later this summer to gather input on various topics, including safety improvements, accessibility and street design features. The department also will review previous community planning work for the area conducted by the West Side Community Organization. 

Road work continues to be a critical service. MnDOT is committed to protecting the health, safety and well-being of its employees, contractors and all Minnesotans. Crews continue to follow the guidance of state and federal officials to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

For more information about this project, visit www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/robertstreet/