Maintenance work to impact traffic at Franklin Avenue Bridge on Thursday, October 12
Starting at around 9 a.m., Thursday, October 12, weather permitting, maintenance work will begin on traffic railings at Franklin Avenue Bridge (County Road 5) over the Mississippi River. Protective coating will be painted to preserve the life of the railings.
One lane for all traffic
As a result of this work, both directions of traffic will be reduced to a single lane. Flaggers and temporary traffic control will guide motorists through the bridge.
This work is expected to be complete by late afternoon. However, if an additional day is needed to complete the work, crews will begin at around 9 a.m., Friday, October 13, until work is completed.
Please exercise caution and expect delays as you travel through the area. Due to the nature of this work and the weather, the exact start and finish dates may vary.
Northern bicycle and pedestrian lanes closed until mid-October
On Monday morning, October 2, crews will close the northern bicycle and pedestrian lanes to continue painting the underside of the bridge.
Bridge users can cross the bridge on the southern bicycle and pedestrian lanes while the northern lanes are closed.
Weather permitting, the northern bicycle and pedestrian lanes are expected to reopen in mid-October, when major restoration work on the bridge comes to an end.
Project work summary
During 2016, the Franklin Avenue Bridge was reconstructed. Accelerated bridge construction techniques were used so construction crews could remove and replace the entire bridge deck in just 17 weeks -- shortening the need for an extended closure and detour. Significant engineering and construction planning have resulted in a historically accurate, multi-modal bridge deck configuration that will serve bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists well into the future.
Motorists can now enjoy a brand new structural bridge deck across the Franklin Avenue Bridge. Pedestrians and cyclists are able to cross the bridge using the newly constructed -- and separated -- facilities.
In 2017, crews are completing concrete restoration work under the bridge deck, and finalizing painting to protect and preserve the bridge.