Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 65/Third Avenue Bridge


Upcoming virtual open houses

The Third Ave. Bridge will be fully closed from January 2021 to November 2022. Curious about the work that’s being done and the detour routes to get you around construction? Learn more at one of our upcoming virtual open houses on Thu, Nov. 12 or Tue, Nov. 17.

Traffic impacts

Hwy 65/Third Avenue project location map
Hwy 65/Third Ave. Bridge project location map.
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All traffic impacts are tentative and weather dependent.


Lane closures

Mon, May 18 through Thu, Dec. 31
  • The Third Ave. bridge is reduced to a single lane in both directions
    • A transit-only lane will support buses traveling in/out of downtown Minneapolis during the weekday rush hours
    • Pedestrians and bicyclists will share the protected sidewalks on the bridge. Please use extra care while passing.
    • View graphic of partial closure (JPG)
Construction noise

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.

Bridge closures

January 2021 through November 2022
  • The Third Ave. Bridge is fully closed

About this project

Summary of work

The historic Hwy 65/Third Ave. Bridge, over the Mississippi River between Second St. SE and First St. S in Minneapolis, needs significant repairs. The 102 year old structure first opened to traffic in 1918.

  • Renovate the Third Ave. Bridge
  • Improve bicycle and walking paths
  • Repair concrete under the bridge
  • Maintain and enhance the bridge’s historic and artistic nature
  • Improve lighting