Updated August 1, 2017
Abutments near completion at Cedar Avenue
Crews poured the north abutment for the new Cedar Avenue (County Road 152) bridge this week. An abutment is the structure at either end of the bridge that supports the weight of the bridge structure and traffic on top. Holes are drilled 50 feet into the ground, then pile are inserted to secure each abutment.
Next week, crews expect to pour the south abutment at Cedar, as well. This will mark a major milestone for the Cedar Avenue bridge. Next, crews will complete the construction of the piers at Cedar. These piers will be non-load bearing and may be removed to accommodate possible future transit use along the corridor.
Following completion of the piers, beams will be set across the trail, which will eventually connect to the bridge deck.
Piers complete at Portland Avenue, Work progressing on abutments
Both the north and south piers for the Portland Avenue (County Road 35) bridge are now complete, and work is underway on the abutments. Crews have completed the piling on the south abutment already and are continuing with this work on the north side.
Rather than fully reconstructing the abutments at Portland, as they did at Cedar, crews will instead renovate much of the existing concrete structures after piling for the new supports is complete.
MnDOT I-35W/Lake Street project set to begin in August
The Minnesota Department of Transportation will begin work in mid to late August on a multi-year reconstruction of I-35W between 42nd Street and downtown Minneapolis. As some of this work may impact similar routes as the Portland and Cedar Avenue greenway bridges work, we want to help you track the project and plan ahead.
This multi-year project begins in 2017 with work on the Portland Avenue bridge over I-94 and Franklin Avenue bridge over I-35W. For the first six to eight weeks, the Portland Avenue bridge and the I-94 exit ramp to 11th Street will be closed.
The Franklin Avenue bridge work that starts this fall will continue through spring and require closing Franklin Avenue between Clinton and Portland avenues. Additionally, 4th and 5th avenues between 22nd Street and I-94 (18th Street) will be closed and reconstructed while the Franklin bridge is closed.
Detours are still being finalized and Hennepin County staff are working with MnDOT staff to coordinate routes to keep traffic moving through the area as efficiently as possible.
The full reconstruction project, which is expected to be complete in 2021, will include better transit connections with a modern transit station at I-35W and Lake Street, and improved connections to Lake Street. Other project features include:
- Improving traffic flow and congestion
- Enhancing mobility for all road users
- Better accessibility and safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists on local streets
- Improving the life, safety and sustainability of the road with new pavement
Hennepin County, MnDOT, Metro Transit and the City of Minneapolis have been in active communication to keep the public informed of construction activities and resources. There is also active ongoing outreach and ways to contact the project with any questions.
Visit the MnDOT project website to learn more