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 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.

median removal

Construction crew member prepares to remove a temporary concrete barrier along the center of the bridge.

railings

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.

Work nearby

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.

Closures and traffic access

Trail open during events

The Godfrey Parkway trail under the 46th Street Bridge will remain open during upcoming community events this fall.

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. The closure will continue through fall 2017. There may be temporary re-openings, including for special events.

Bicyclists and pedestrians

Bicycle and pedestrian trails on the Godfrey Parkway 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.

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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