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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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Southbound bridge reopened Friday, November 19; northbound bridge work underway

Work on the southbound bridge is complete and crews began the next construction stage — replacing the northbound West Broadway Avenue bridge.

Change in bridge travel, local access remains same

With the southbound bridge open, you will use the southbound bridge to travel north and south on West Broadway Avenue.

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.

Intersection closure and possible overnight work began November 29

Removal of the northbound West Broadway Avenue bridge began Monday, November 29. To get this work done safely, we closed the intersection below connecting Victory Memorial and Theodore Wirth parkways and Oakdale and Lowry avenues to all users. West Broadway will remain open to traffic. Weather permitting, we expect the complete the removal and reopen the intersection in approximately five days.

There will be signed detours that will help guide people using the intersection, ramps and the Grand Rounds Trail. The detour routes are listed below depending on the method and direction of travel.

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 (county road)
  • Abbott Avenue

Grand Rounds trail users

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

Using the signed detours 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.

Detour routes during the closure at the Theodore Wirth Parkway / Victory Memorial Parkway and Lowry Avenue / Oakdale Avenue intersection.

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

Intersection closure detour map (JPG)

Expect increased noise

A majority of the removal work will happen during the workday. However, there may be overnight work for the bridge removal. We will have cranes and other large construction equipment, so people who live or work in the immediate area should anticipate noise during the work. We will make efforts to minimize or avoid overnight work and reduce noise.

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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