Franklin Ave Bridge (County Road 5)

Hennepin County will recondition the Franklin Avenue Bridge (County Road 5) in Minneapolis. The bridge spans West River Parkway and the Mississippi River. Crews will rehabilitate this historic structure during two construction seasons. In 2016, the bridge will be closed to complete the work. 

Start date: Spring 2015

End date: Fall 2016

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Detours, closures and other updates

The concrete rehabilitation below deck is underway. Bridge users may experience some lane revisions across the bridge this summer to permit construction vehicle access along the outer lanes of the bridge deck.

West River Parkway trail will be closed under the Franklin Avenue Bridge to perform overhead concrete rehabilitation during the next two months.

West River Parkway trail

The contractor continues working at pier one along the West River Parkway trail system. Concrete rehabilitation work will involve use of chiseling hammers. The Franklin Avenue Bridge will remain open during this activity.

The West River Parkway trail is closed on the south end of the Franklin Avenue Bridge. A marked detour is provided.

West River Parkway trail is currently closed by the Minneapolis Park Board for slope repairs. More information can be found on the park board website

Work at the Bohemian Flats

A temporary construction site at Bohemian Flats continues to be converted for the manufacturing of precast deck panels. These panels will form the new Franklin Avenue Bridge deck in 2016.

Project background

The new bridge deck will incorporate safe, modern, multi-modal features such as separated on-road bicycle facilities, protected pedestrian walkways, overlook nooks, and architectural lighting.


The new concept provides a non motorized crossing on the west end of the bridge. Currently no crossing exists at this end. This is intended to improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. See the document below for layout for the west end of the bridge. 

Bridge plan west end (PDF)

Construction timeline

The 2015 season will include below deck concrete rehabilitation. This work will require the installation of a working platform under the bridge. To attach this platform, workers will need to close the outer lanes of the bridge so that construction vehicles can have access to the underdeck and rehabilitation.

In 2015 the contractor will manufacture "precast" bridge deck panels that will be placed during the 2016 bridge closure. These panels will be made at a site, adjacent to the river, just south of the Washington Avenue Bridge. This will allow use of river transportation to float these panels down the river, and these segments will then be hoisted by water borne cranes into their final positions.

During the 2016 construction season, the bridge will be closed for complete deck removal and replacement. A marked detour will be provided during this closure. A detailed closure timeline will be provided before the actual closure.

Signed detours will be provided for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists during the bridge deck replacement. 

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