46th Street East over the Godfrey Parkway

County Road 46 in Minneapolis

Hennepin County, in partnership with the city of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, is replacing a bridge on East 46th Street (County Road 46) over the Godfrey Parkway. The bridge is located in the Grand Rounds district just west of the Ford Bridge spanning the Mississippi River.

The new bridge will be wider to better accommodate pedestrians, bicyclists and commuters.

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Updates about construction and getting around

Traffic changes

46th Street

46th Street (County Road 46) is reduced to one lane in each direction between the west end of the Ford Parkway bridge and 46th Avenue South.  

Godfrey Parkway

Motorized traffic 

Godfrey Parkway is closed to all motorized through traffic. 

The detour for Godfrey Parkway uses Minnehaha Avenue, 44th Street and West River Parkway. 

The closure is necessary to replace the 46th Street bridge over the parkway (sometimes referred to as the Godfrey Bridge). The closure will continue through fall 2017. There may be temporary re-openings, including for special events.

Bicyclists and pedestrians

Bicycle and pedestrian trails under the Godfrey Bridge are open. There will be fence panels to guide trail users through the site.

Please exercise caution as you go through the area.  Detour trails will still be available to users until the project is completed. 

Future changes

There will be times when the traffic configurations on 46th Street and Godfrey Parkway need to change. Sign up for updates to stay informed of these changes. 

Public involvement

An informational open house for the Godfrey Parkway Bridge project was held on May 3, 2016.

Learn more

Opened to traffic in 1926, the existing bridge is a three-span concrete beam bridge spanning 77 feet. It is a four-lane bridge with no shoulders and minimal pedestrian accommodations. 

The structure was rehabilitated in 1972, when the deck was widened to its current 64 feet. In 2000, it was resurfaced. Current sufficiency rating for the bridge is 33.4 out of a possible 100. 

A single span structure was selected for the new bridge to help improve the safety and aesthetics of the Godfrey Parkway, but historic features from the old structure along with characteristics from surrounding parkway infrastructure will be incorporated as well.  

Image of span (JPG)

Existing versus proposed span (PDF)

Project partners

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

  • Cliff Swenson

City of Minneapolis

  • Jack Yuzna
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