All traffic impacts are tentative and weather dependent.
After assessing the overall schedule and work to be completed, we are unable to reopen the bridge in fall 2022 without creating safety issues for the public and construction crews. The bridge is now anticipated to reopen to traffic in summer 2023.
Through summer 2023
Central Ave. between SE 2nd St. and University Ave. is closed for safety precautions
Crews will work to minimize project noise; however, residents and business owners near the bridge may experience noise, including overnight, during the work.
Information about upcoming traffic impacts will be posted as details become available.
About this project
The 102-year-old Hwy 65/Third Ave. Bridge over the Mississippi River is deteriorating and requires repairs to continue to safely transport people and goods into and out of downtown Minneapolis. Crews will fully close the bridge to complete the project work. Once completed, users will enjoy a smoother road surface, improved safety and accessibility features, and enhanced historic and visual features.
Watch this behind-the-scenes tour with Project Engineer, Tim Nelson, for a closer look at the development of the Third Avenue Bridge upgrades.
Summary of work
The following construction and preservation activities will extend the bridge's service life for another 50 years:
Repair bridge and replace bridge deck
Repair the historic ornamental railing
Maintain and enhance the bridge's historic and visual appeal
Repair the City of Minneapolis’s water main on the bridge
Improve bicycling and walking paths
Make it safer for bicyclists by separating them from vehicle traffic
Why fully close the bridge?
The design and condition of the Third Ave. Bridge do not allow it to be reconstructed while keeping part of the bridge open to traffic. Other reasons for fully closing the bridge are:
More work space for the contractors
Safer working conditions for crews and travel conditions for the public
Availability of alternative routes for pedestrians, bicyclists, vehicles and buses
Fewer impacts to the surrounding natural environment
Take a look at what the bridge is anticipated to look like once construction is complete.
Six word stories
Thank you to everyone who submitted their Six Word Story ideas!
Walk or bike to participating businesses
To view the best of the best Six Word Stories submitted by residents of the neighborhoods surrounding Third Ave. Bridge. Each storefront is unique, so visit them all and be sure to check out the host businesses while you’re there! Post photos of your journey with #sixwordbridgestories. The stories are located at the following locations:
Bottle House Wine & Spirits*
Downtown Tobacco & Vape*
Downtown Market & Deli
Art of Barbering
Surdyk’s Liquor & Cheese Shop*
Sidebar at Surdyk’s
Northeast Tea House
Flutter Bridal Co
Lunds & Byerlys
Wilde Cafe & Spirits*
Nicollet Island Inn
*Please note age restrictions for shopping at these businesses.
Six Word Story submission winners
Relaxing place to walk and reflect
Amazing, picturesque downtown Mississippi River crossing
Virtual meeting attendee
Across the bridge lives my love
Stroll from the past into now
The familiar path to opportunity awaits
Curvy connector of our amazing city
A bridge to two historic neighborhoods
We met there; fell in love.
Morning coffee walk, evening sunset stroll.
Watching Aquatennial fireworks fill the sky
Curving arches mirrored in liquid light
Neighbors separated by water; bridges connect!
Walking. Our River. Our city. Minneapolis.
Visions of Minneapolis beyond the Mississippi
Restoring historic foundation for neighborhood future