Eastbound lanes on Godfrey Bridge taking shape
Recently, the Godfrey Bridge reconstruction project reached an important milestone: crews completed foundational and structural work along eastbound lanes.
Starting Thursday, June 1, crews will focus their attention on preparing the bridge deck surface.
The work will be extensive. To accomplish the task, large equipment are needed on site in order for crews to mix and pour in new concrete onto the bridge deck. For safety reasons, pedestrians and bicyclists will be detoured onto nearby Minnehaha Regional Park trails. Signs will guide users along the detour. Please note, the timing of trail reopening is subject to change based on weather conditions.
Crews will be pouring in concrete for the new road surface and sidewalk, which will need 28 days to properly cure in order to strengthen the concrete surface. After the curing period, work will begin on installing new street lights and safety railings followed by striping.
It is anticipated that eastbound lanes will reopen to traffic in July. Then, crews will begin reconstruction on westbound lanes of Godfrey Bridge.
The current schedule is weather dependent.
Crews begin pouring concrete onto the bridge deck.
Concrete is smoothed along the first portion of the bridge deck. Once complete, the concrete will need 28 days to cure in order for the surface to reach proper strength levels.
Projects happening nearby
Just east of the project, Ramsey County is currently working on improvements of Ford Parkway (County Road 42) in Saint Paul. Their work includes road maintenance and pedestrian improvements throughout the parkway, as well as bridge maintenance work on the Mississippi River. For more information, please visit Ramsey County’s Ford Parkway project page.