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, replaced 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 features wider travel lanes and upgraded trails to better accommodate pedestrians, bicyclists and commuters.

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Current work

All lanes of 46th Street Bridge reopened

On Friday, December 8, all lanes of the 46th Street (County Road 46) Bridge over the Godfrey Parkway reopened to traffic.

The newly-constructed bridge is an important link in a corridor that connects the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as provides access to nearby parks and trails. 

We hope you enjoy the features of this project, including:

  • new road surface offering a smoother ride
  • new railings and streetlights 
  • wider areas on both sides of the bridge for people walking, biking or needing accessibility features

The bridge was designed to resemble the original structure built in 1926 and incorporate characteristics from surrounding parkway infrastructure. 

Crews have been working hard since February, balancing construction activities with transportation needs and community interests. It meant challenges for all, but the project was able to be completed within a year. 

We thank you for your patience and understanding during the construction.

Some work activity to continue

We will also be back in 2018 to finish various short-term projects, like reinstalling street lights and painting the bridge face and railings. The work will have minimal impact to people using the road and trails.

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)

Public involvement

An informational open house for the Godfrey Parkway Bridge project was held on May 3, 2016.

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