St. Anthony Parkway Bridge closes to all traffic

The St. Anthony Parkway Bridge in northeast Minneapolis, which is due to be replaced next year, is now closed to traffic. Recent inspections resulted in a three-ton load limit being placed on the bridge. Since this restriction was put in into effect, several observations have indicated vehicles weighing more than three tons are still using the structure. Therefore, the City of Minneapolis has decided to close the bridge to all traffic until further notice.

The closure affects all motor vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic. However, depending on the results of further analysis, the bridge may reopen to pedestrians and bicycles in the coming weeks.

The 89-year-old truss bridge carries an average of around 4,200 vehicles a day over two dozen tracks of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail yard. The City is now in the process of replacing the entire bridge, with construction expected to begin in 2015 and reopen to traffic in late 2016.

Published May 30, 2014