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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 planning to reconstruct 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 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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First construction stage underway

With preliminary construction work complete, crews began the first construction stage on Monday, April 19.

The first construction stage will include replacing the southbound West Broadway Avenue Bridge (County Road 81). We will also reconstruct Theodore Wirth Parkway off-ramp connection and portions of the intersection below.  

Among the first activities will be the removal of the existing southbound bridge. Crews will be slowly removing and clearing the existing bridge using large cranes, excavators and dump trucks. When complete, crews will begin constructing the foundations that will support the new bridge.

There should be little to no impact on people driving on West Broadway Avenue during this first stage. Southbound traffic was moved to an adjacent bridge last year. 

While we will maintain intersection access for most of this construction stage, anticipate short-term, full intersection closures for bridge removal and when setting bridge beams for the new bridge.  

We expect this stage to complete this fall.

Intersection closure and possible overnight work week of April 19

For the southbound bridge removal, we will close the intersection beneath to all users. Weather permitting, we expect this closure to begin Monday, April 19 and last five days. Signed detours will help guide people. The detour routes are listed below.  

Theodore Wirth and Victory Memorial parkways connection

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

Oakdale and Lowry avenues connection

  • Penn Avenue
  • West Broadway Avenue
  • Abbott Avenue

Grand Rounds trail users

  • Crystal Lake Regional Trail
  • Abbott Avenue
  • West Broadway Avenue (city street)
  • Oakdale Avenue

Using the signed detour 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. 

A majority of the removal work happen during the workday. However, there could be overnight work for the bridge removal. We will make efforts to minimize or avoid overnight work and reduce noise. 

We will have cranes and other large construction equipment, so people should anticipate noise during the work. 

Intersection detour for week of April 19 

Detour routes during Stage 1 closures

Detour routes during the intersection closure. For a larger view of the detour routes, click on the link below.

Detour routes during intersection closure (PDF)

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 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.

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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