Project ready for final deck pour
With the bridge deck surface cured on the northern half of the East 46th Street Bridge (County Road 46), crews are ready to begin pouring the final segment of concrete along the center of the bridge.
First, crews will remove the temporary concrete barriers along the center of the bridge. Then, crews will pour concrete along the center of the bridge. The newly poured concrete will cure for at least 28 days to get up to the strength needed to support traffic.
Traffic shift begins week of October 30
As a result of this work, traffic will split early next week. Westbound traffic will move to the northern half of the bridge, and eastbound traffic will remain on the southern half. The bridge will remain one lane in each direction for people using the roadway during this time.
After the curing period, striping and pavement markings will be placed. Then, all lanes of 46th Street Bridge will reopen to traffic, bringing the major construction activities for this project to an end. by early December.
Construction crew member prepares to remove a temporary concrete barrier along the center of the bridge.
Ornamental railing installations are nearing completion along the northern half of the East 46th Street Bridge. Sidewalks on both sides are expected to be open by the first week of November.
Paving of Godfrey Parkway
Beginning at 9 a.m., Monday, October 30, crews will also begin paving Godfrey Parkway under the East 46th Street Bridge. This will impact those who use the parkway and nearby trail.
For people using the road
Godfrey Parkway will remain closed between 46th Avenue and just past the bridge underpass, so crews can pave the road. Weather permitting, work is expected to take up to four days.
Once paving is completed, Godfrey Parkway will reopen to traffic.
For people using the trail
No trail impacts are anticipated at this time.
Ford Parkway improvements project
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.