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.
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.