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 developing a design plan for the reconstruction of the West Broadway Avenue Bridges (County Road 81) in Minneapolis and Robbinsdale.

As part of this project, we are also making improvements at the intersection below the bridges connecting Theodore Wirth and Victory Memorial parkways, as well as Oakdale and Lowry avenues (County Road 153).

Construction is anticipated to begin in fall 2020.

Project timeline for West Broadway Avenue Bridges

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Project information

Reconstruction area

Hennepin County is in the preliminary design stage to reconstruct the West Broadway Avenue Bridges.

There are three bridges that will be included in the project: one for northbound traffic, one for southbound traffic and one connecting from Lowry Avenue to West Broadway Avenue. This project also offers the opportunity to make improvements to the intersection below connecting Theodore Wirth and Victory Memorial parkways, as well as Oakdale and Lowry avenues.

Construction is anticipated to begin in fall 2020.

Features

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 Americans with Disability Act (ADA) compliant ramps, 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

Community-focused improvements (PDF)

Public involvement

Community engagement and outreach

Community survey

Prior to the design of the bridges and intersection below, Hennepin County and project partners evaluated opportunities to improve safety and mobility for all people.

Starting in spring 2019, the project team conducted surveys, attended local community meetings and events with the goal of identifying design needs and concepts for this reconstruction project.

Thank you for your feedback!

We thank everyone who participated in the survey on how to make the bridges and intersection below work better for your community.

Below are some key findings based on 387 survey responses and feedback.

When asking about concerns of the current bridges and intersection, more than 78 percent mentioned one of these three concerns. Shown in this graphic, top concerns were:

  • Intersection safety
  • Pedestrian and bicycle safety
  • Bridge and intersection connections

View the full summary of the survey results (PDF)

Community events 

Project staff have been active in the local community since spring 2019, participating in Minneapolis and Robbinsdale events in spring and summer 2019. We met area residents and businesses, shared proposed improvements and answered questions.

There will be additional opportunities to meet with project staff at future events to learn more about the project, and as we finalize design. Event updates will be posted here.

Preliminary design open house

The project hosted a preliminary design open house on October 8, 2019 to provide the public with information on preliminary design improvements at the West Broadway Avenue Bridges and the intersection below connecting Theodore Wirth and Victory Memorial parkways, and Oakdale and Lowry avenues.

Preliminary design renderings available

Using feedback received from the community through the community survey and at events in Robbinsdale and Minneapolis, project staff created preliminary designs with community-focused improvements for the new bridges and intersection, including:

  • 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.

Community focused improvements (PDF)

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)

Project leadership and partners

Hennepin County

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

City of Minneapolis

City of Robbinsdale

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