Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

May 12, 2020

Weekend closure of the Highway 65/Third Avenue Bridge begins May 15

Long-term, partial-bridge closure for construction begins the following Monday, May 18

ROSEVILLE, Minn. —Motorists, transit riders and people walking and bicycling will need to use alternative routes across the river when the Highway 65/Third Avenue Bridge temporarily closes to allow construction crews to prepare for upcoming bridge work.

Beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, May 15 through 5 a.m. Monday, May 18, the Third Ave. Bridge will be closed to traffic between First Street South and Second Street Southeast. The sidewalk on the east side of the bridge will remain open to pedestrians during the weekend.

When the full closure expires on Monday, May 18, the Third Avenue Bridge will be reduced to a single lane of traffic in each direction through December 2020. Motorists plan ahead and expect delays during peak travel times.

A transit-only travel lane down the middle of the bridge will support buses traveling into downtown Minneapolis during the weekday morning commute. During the weekday afternoon commute, this center lane will reverse direction and support buses leaving downtown.

Walkers and bicyclists will share the protected sidewalks on the bridge during the partial closure. Sharing the sidewalk may require extra care while passing.

Looking ahead, all modes of travel will need to use alternate routes across the river when the Third Avenue Bridge fully closes for reconstruction and preservation work from January 2021 through November 2022. Construction is anticipated to be complete in June 2023.

The historic Third Avenue Bridge over the Mississippi River near St. Anthony Falls opened in 1918. The bridge is in need of major repairs. The work includes renovating the Third Avenue Bridge while preserving and enhancing its historic and artistic features, improving area safety and accessibility, and upgrading walking and bicycling paths on and approaching the bridge.

Visit the Highway 65/Third Avenue Bridge project website for more details about the travel impacts during construction: mndot.gov/metro/projects/hwy65andthirdavebridge

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit 511mn.org.
Important reminders for motorists regarding work zone safety:

  • Slow down when approaching every work zone, then navigate through with care and caution
  • Stay alert; work zones constantly change
  • Watch for workers and slow moving equipment
  • Obey posted speed limits. Fine for a violation in a work zone is $300.
  • Minimize distractions behind the wheel.
  • Be patient; expect delays, especially during peak travel times

MnDOT road work has been identified as a critical service in Gov. Tim Walz’s Stay at Home executive order. We are being as flexible as possible with schedules during this period of lower traffic volumes to keep projects moving forward and minimize the impact to motorists. Following guidance from state and federal health officials, and to prevent further spread of COVID-19, crews will maintain social distancing practices while working.

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