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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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Bridge foundations and support structures complete

The West Broadway Avenue Bridges (County Road 81) reconstruction project in Minneapolis and Robbinsdale is progressing steadily.

Construction began in April. The bridge foundation work on both bridges are complete. Late this summer, crews completed constructing the supporting structures, or substructures, including piers and abutments. These elements will carry the spans of the new southbound and northbound bridges. See photos below. 

View of one of the southbound bridge abutments now complete. The abutments support the ends of the bridge and transfer the loads from the bridge deck into the ground.

View of one of the southbound bridge abutments now complete. The abutments support the ends of the bridge and transfer the loads from the bridge deck into the ground.

View of the completed northbound bridge pier. The piers, located between abutments, help support the loads from the bridge deck into the ground.

View of the completed northbound bridge pier. The piers, located between abutments, help support the loads from the bridge deck into the ground. 

Next phase in bridge construction underway

In late August, crews began the next steps of construction on that bridge and connecting roadway. Construction activities over the next few months will include:

  • installing new bridge beams that will support the new deck
  • forming and pouring the new bridge deck and approaches
  • grading and paving the new roadway and off-ramp connection 

Because both southbound and northbound bridges are being realigned, crews have enough space to proactively build some of the new northbound bridge, too, while maintaining vehicle access on the existing bridge.

This will help crews construct the northbound bridge faster once the southbound bridge opens to traffic in the fall.

Traveling through the area

People driving on West Broadway Avenue will continue to have access to and from the area.

We will also continue to maintain access for people driving and using the trails through the intersection below for most of this construction stage.

You can anticipate short-term, full intersection closures when crews need to install bridge pieces that need to be carried over the intersection. We will send e-mail notifications prior to those closures.

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.

Features

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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