Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Lafayette Bridge & Hwy 52

St. Paul

Traffic impacts

See current traffic flow information in the St. Paul/Minneapolis area (mobile version).

Lane closures

  • Saturday, April 4, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday, April 20
    • Southbound Hwy 52 will have single lane traffic. Right lane closed
  • Traffic is two lanes in each direction on the new northbound Highway 52 Lafayette Bridge through Sept. 2015 until completion of the new southbound bridge.
  • All over-length restrictions are lifted across the bridge.
  • Motorist should watch for occasional detours during demolition and construction of the new southbound Highway 52 bridge.

Ramp closures

  • Currently- September 2015
    • Eastbound I-94 to southbound Hwy 52 is closed until September 2015.
    • Plato Boulevard to northbound Hwy 52 is closed until September 2015
    • Southbound Hwy 52 to Plato Boulevard is closed

Detours

  • Eastbound I-94 traffic going to southbound Hwy 52: Follow eastbound I-94 to southbound Hwy 61 to westbound I-94 to Hwy 52
  • Southbound Hwy 52 traffic going to Plato Blvd: Exit usin Eaton Street exist, turn left onto Easton Street, turn left onto East Lafayette Rd, and follow to Plato Blvd

Permanently closed

  • Eastbound East 7th Street ramp to westbound I-94 is permanently closed.
  • 5th Street: Closed east of Johns Street and no longer exists as a street.
  • 4th Street: Closed to vehicles. Bicyclists have access to Bruce Vento trail by way of 4th Street.
  • Kittson Street north of 7th street no longer exists. It will be the new northbound Hwy 52 to 7th Street Exit.
  • Kittson Street south of the Downtowner and Holiday Station no longer exists.

About this project

When completed, the two new Lafayette Bridges (northbound and southbound) will provide two through-lanes and an auxiliary lane in each direction for entering and exiting traffic. The project also includes the modification and realignment of the Hwy 52 bridges over I-94. When completed, the new northbound Lafayette Bridge will include a pedestrian and bicycle crossing over the Mississippi River.

Re-decking of the Hwy 52 bridges over Plato Boulevard and Eaton Street south of the Mississippi River was completed in the fall of 2011, along with repairs and resurfacing of the Highway 52 bridges crossing Concord Street.

Summary of work

  • The northbound Hwy 52 Lafayette Bridge was constructed 2011-2013.
  • Traffic is switched to two lanes in each direction on the new northbound Highway 52 Lafayette Bridge.
  • The existing Lafayette Bridge will be demolished, and the new southbound Hwy 52 Bridge will be constructed in 2014-2015.
  • Motorists will experience ramp closures during construction but Hwy 52 will remain open for the full construction period.