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Major Bridge Repair & Rehabilitation Program

This program encompasses rehabilitation and major repairs of existing city bridges to extend the operational life of the bridge structures. Candidates are chosen based on public safety and cost effectiveness of the improvements being made. This program will rehabilitate and make major repairs to bridge decks, railings sidewalks, abutments, piers, approaches, and other various components associated with bridges. These major repair and rehabilitation expenses are relatively small and significantly extend the operational life of the much larger bridge asset.

Major bridge repair and rehabilitation is an ongoing program.

Bridge Project Locations


  • 11th Ave S over 3rd and 4th St (2019-2020)
  • 12th Ave S over Minnehaha Creek (2021)
  • E Lyndale Ave N over Glenwood Ave (2022) 
  • W Lyndale Ave N over Glenwood Ave (2023)
  • Penn Ave S over Minnehaha Creek (2024)

 Future BR101 Bridges Map

11th Ave S Bridge

The 11th Ave S bridge over 3rd and 4th St in downtown Minneapolis will be closed for repair in 2019 and 2020. 

11th Ave S Bridge Webmap

Project Status

Project Status: Design


Project Limits

The bridge is located on 11th Ave S over 3rd and 4th St S, in the Downtown East neighborhood.   The 2019 work will consist of replacing the bearings on the bridge and making repairs to the center pier cap.  The 2020 work will consist of painting the beams of the bridge.

Construction Schedule

Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin on September 23, 2019. The estimated duration is up to three weeks. For the beam painting work in 2020, the schedule is TBD.

Traffic Impact

11th Ave S will be closed to through vehicle traffic for the duration of the project, and a detour will be posted. It is anticipated that pedestrian and vehicle access will be maintained.  However, there will be relatively short periods of time when the bridge will need to be closed to both pedestrians and vehicles. This will happen when the bridge is being raised and lowered. There may be additional periods if safety issues arise.

Recommended Detour Routes

11th Ave S Bridge Detour Map

3rd and 4th St S will also be detoured at times during the project.  This will happen when the bridge is being raised and lowered and when workers are actively working on the center pier cap and on the underside of the bridge.

During the weekend of the Twin Cities marathon, the detour routes will be altered to accommodate marathon activities.


The 11th Ave S bridge was constructed in 1969.  The 2019 work will replace the bearings on the bridge, which are corroded.  This improvement will allow the bridge to move properly with changes in temperature.  The work will also make repairs to the center pier cap. There are numerous utilities that are located on this bridge that will require being supported during these work activities. The 2020 work will paint the beams supporting the bridge deck.

Burnham Rd Bridge

The Burnham Rd bridge over Kenilworth Lagoon was closed for repair in 2018.

Uptown Ave S Bridge

The Upton Ave S bridge over Minnehaha Creek was closed for repair in 2017.

49th Ave N Bridge

The 49th Ave N bridge over Shingle Creek was closed for repair in 2016. 

Queen Ave N Bridge

The Queen Ave N bridge over Shingle Creek was closed for repair in 2016.

Before & After Rehabilitation Work
BR101-Photo1     BR101 Photo 2 BR101 -Photo 3

BR101 - Photo 4     BR101 - Photo 5


Project Contact

Tracy Lindgren, 612 290-5898 or [email protected]


Last updated Jul 30, 2019



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