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West Broadway Avenue Bridges reconstruction

County Road 81 in Minneapolis and Robbinsdale

Hennepin County, in coordination with Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and cities of Minneapolis and Robbinsdale, is reconstructing the West Broadway Avenue Bridges (County Road 81) in Minneapolis and Robbinsdale.

We will replace three bridges and improve the intersection below the bridges that connects Theodore Wirth and Victory Memorial parkways, as well as Oakdale and Lowry avenues (County Road 153).

Construction began in April 2021.

Project timeline showing planning and design phases are completed. Construction will begin in 2021, and project completion is expected in 2023.

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Northbound bridge construction ongoing

In late November, crews began the next construction stage — replacing the northbound West Broadway Avenue bridge. We constructed portions of the northbound bridge, like the foundations and some beams, with the southbound bridge earlier this year.

We anticipate the construction of the northbound bridge to complete in spring 2022.

Local access remains the same

People driving on West Broadway Avenue will use the southbound bridge to travel northbound and southbound.

Similar to the construction traffic this past year, we will continue to maintain access for people using West Broadway Avenue. And we will keep access open to the Lowry Avenue (County Road 153) on-ramp and intersection below for most of the work.

There will be occasional short-term, full intersection closures for bridge removal and overnight when setting bridge beams. And people who live and work near the project site should anticipate times where there will be increased noise, as crews work on constructing the new northbound bridge.

Expect minor changes along the Grand Rounds Trail

Trail users will continue to have access but should anticipate minor changes to allow crews to complete construction activities on the bridge and intersection. Please use caution when traveling.

Reconstruction area

There are three bridges that will be included in the West Broadway Avenue (County Road 81) Bridge reconstruction project: one for northbound traffic, one for southbound traffic and one connecting from Lowry Avenue (County Road 153) to West Broadway Avenue.

This project also offers the opportunity to make some improvements to the intersection below connecting Theodore Wirth and Victory Memorial parkways, as well as Oakdale and Lowry avenues.


The improvements are the result of both an engagement effort and a design effort.

The new bridges and intersection will include:

  • Infrastructure improvements, including new concrete bridges, paved roadway, curbs and gutters and underground utility lines
  • Bike and pedestrian improvements, including pedestrian ramps that meet Americans with Disability Act standards, added trails, sidewalks and on-street bikeways, and an expanded trail connection between Lowry and West Broadway avenues
  • Safety improvements, including shorter crosswalk distances at the intersection, added lighting underneath the bridge and realigned lanes at ramp connections to improve sight distance and allow for safer merging

When complete, the new bridges and intersection will provide a better experience and enhance the safety of people driving in the area, as well as improve safety and connectivity for people using the trail system.

Previous engagement and outreach

2021 construction open house

On Wednesday, March 24, Hennepin County hosted a virtual construction open house. At the open house, project staff shared proposed improvements, timing and staging of the work. It also included brief overviews of county road projects scheduled to happen nearby.

To download a copy of the presentation, select the link below.

West Broadway Avenue Bridges virtual open house presentation (PDF)

Outreach and engagement in 2019

In 2019, project staff participated in 20 community events and meetings in Robbinsdale and Minneapolis, held one-on-one visits with local businesses and conducted community surveys. With your involvement, we developed the following goals for the project:

  • Improve safety for people traveling through the intersection connecting Theodore Wirth and Victory Memorial parkways, and Oakdale and Lowry (County Road 153) avenues
  • Improve safety for people using the off- and on-ramps on West Broadway Avenue/Bottineau Boulevard (County Road 81)
  • Improve trail connections to nearby roads and regional trails

Community-focused improvements

Using feedback received from the community through community surveys and at events, project staff created designs with community-focused improvements for the new bridges and intersection to meet project goals. They include:

  • Shortening trail crossings providing safer intersection crosswalks for people walking, biking and rolling
  • Redesigning ramp connections allowing for improved sight distance and safer merging
  • Improving trail connections to provide additional access for people walking, biking and rolling to regional trails nearby

View of the intersection from Oakdale Avenue

Rendering of the proposed redesign of the intersection. View from Oakdale Avenue (PDF)

View of the intersection from Theodore Wirth Parkway

Rendering of the proposed redesign of the intersection. View from Theodore Wirth Parkway (PDF)

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Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

City of Minneapolis

City of Robbinsdale

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