East 46th Street bridge 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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Current work

Project reaches major milestone

Over these past three months, significant strides have been made in rebuilding the Godfrey Bridge. By the end of the week, the newly poured southern half of the bridge will have cured for long enough and be ready to handle traffic.

Starting Tuesday, July 18, traffic will shift to the southern half as crews begin work on the northern half.

Shortly after the shift, crews will begin foundational and structural work along the northern half, which is expected to last into the fall. Once complete, the new bridge deck surface will be poured and cured. Crews will finish the reconstruction by installing new street lights and safety railings followed by striping in late October.

Railings and archway

New railings and archway along the southern half of the bridge

Upcoming trail closure

On Wednesday, July 19, the Godfrey Parkway underpass trail will close for removal work on the northern half of the bridge. For safety reasons, pedestrians and bicyclists will be detoured onto nearby Minnehaha Regional Park trails. Signs will guide users along the detour.

The underpass trail is expected to reopen to trail users over the weekend, but is scheduled to close again for a few additional days starting on Monday, July 24.

Please note, the timing of trail closures and reopening is subject to change based on weather conditions.

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.

Closures and traffic access

Traffic changes

East 46th Street

East 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 will remain open unless stated otherwise due to construction.

If open, 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)

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