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 is anticipated to begin in spring 2021.

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Project updates

Crews realign traffic on West Broadway Avenue bridges

All traffic moved to northbound lanes

We shifted southbound West Broadway Avenue traffic between 29th and Abbott avenues to the northbound bridge, which was restriped to a single lane in each direction.

We shifted traffic in advance of an upcoming bridge replacement project and due to continued violations of posted weight restrictions on the southbound bridge.

The realignment will remain in place until the bridge is replaced as part of the West Broadway Avenue Bridges reconstruction starting this spring. All three existing bridges in the area will be replaced.

Access and impacts

We will continue to provide access to North Memorial Hospital, local businesses and residences in the area using the northbound bridge. The ramp connecting westbound Lowry Avenue (County Road 153) to northbound West Broadway Avenue will remain open.

The ramps connecting West Broadway Avenue and Theodore Wirth Parkway will close.

People driving will need to use alternate routes to connect between these two roads.

Public involvement

We appreciate your participation!

Thank you for your participation and input during the design process for the West Broadway Avenue Bridges reconstruction project.

Whether you participated in any of the 16 community events, in one-on-one visits with local businesses or through a community survey, we appreciate your involvement.

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

Next steps

We are finalizing design plans for the new bridges and intersection below. This process will include:

  • Finalizing design plans
  • Developing construction timelines and staging
  • Coordinating schedules and approvals with partnering cities and agencies

Final design is complete and construction expected to begin in 2021.

Design renderings available

Using feedback received from the community through the community survey and at events in Robbinsdale and Minneapolis, project staff created 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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