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West Broadway Avenue Bridges reconstruction

County Road 81 in North 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 North 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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Project nearing completion

All bridges are open to traffic

In late September, crews reopened northbound West Broadway Avenue Bridge and the Lowry Avenue (County Road 153) on-ramp bridge connecting Lowry and West Broadway avenues.  

Crews will continue to work on the West Broadway Avenue bridges and connecting roadways. Look for them on-site working on construction activities throughout the fall. Because work will need to continue, it may be down to one lane at times. We ask you to stay aware, use caution and follow the signs when traveling through the area.  

Final construction phase underway

Southern half of the intersection closed

The southern half of the intersection is closed to complete the final phase of our reconstruction.

Crews are reconstructing the entire intersection and making improvements, including shortening the crosswalk distances, upgrading pedestrian ramps to meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards and improving trail connections. 

Weather permitting, we anticipate construction activities on the southern half of the intersection to be complete by late fall. 

Access and detour

Theodore Wirth Parkway from 29th Avenue to the intersection and the westbound lane from Lowry Avenue to Oakdale Avenue are closed.

Only eastbound traffic along Oakdale and Lowry avenues and Victory Memorial Parkway traffic will be permitted through the intersection. While the southern half of the intersection is closed, please use the signed detour:

Theodore Wirth Parkway to Victory Memorial Parkway

  • 29th Avenue
  • Penn Avenue (County Road 2)
  • 34th Avenue

Victory Memorial Parkway to Lowry and West Broadway avenues

  • 34th Avenue
  • Penn Avenue
  • Lowry Avenue (to access West Broadway Avenue)

Theodore Wirth Parkway to Lowry and West Broadway avenues

  • 29th Avenue (to access West Broadway Avenue)
  • Penn Avenue

Westbound Lowry Avenue to Oakdale Avenue

  • West Broadway Avenue
  • Abbott Avenue
Detour routes during the Theodore Wirth Parkway closure

Detour routes during the intersection closure.

Staying safe

Using the signed detour during these closures will keep you from experiencing additional delays and getting frustrated. And, it will help local streets stay safe for the individuals and families who live and play in the area.

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.

Download a copy of the 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 North 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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