Bridge 9 Program
Starting in 2020, the City of Minneapolis will begin repairs on Bridge 9 in downtown Minneapolis.
Bridge No. 9 was constructed in 1922 by the Northern Pacific Railroad to carry freight over the Mississippi. The City of Minneapolis acquired this bridge in 1986 and converted the bridge to a pedestrian use bridge in 1999. The bridge currently provides a Mississippi River crossing for the Dinkytown Greenway bike trail.
Over the years the bridge has deteriorated substantially, and rehab is required. To preserve the historic resource of the bridge the City has opted for a repair/rehabilitation program. The Bridge 9 program is a multi-year program aimed to address the Northern Pacific Railroad Bridge deficiencies. The program has prioritized critical rehabilitation needs of the bridge and phased them to be repaired in the coming years. The expected completion date of the program is 2026.
For more information on work to be completed on Bridge 9, see the Bridge 9 Piers Diagram.
The bridge begins near the corner of 20th Ave South and Bluff St South and crosses the Mississippi River landing on the Dinkytown Greenway. The rehabilitation work will primary be concentrated on the piers and foundation.
This program will be completed in phases. See the phases of repair and rehabilitation below.
Piers 6 and 7 Encasement and Bearings Replacement
Construction is anticipated to begin July 1, 2020. The anticipated completion date is December 31, 2020. Minor work unable to be completed in 2020 due to cold weather will be finalized in 2021.
West River Parkway will have traffic impacts at times. This might potentially affect pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicular traffic.
Total or partial closures will be advertised to the public in advance in collaboration with Minneapolis Park Board. Detours signs will be installed to guide the affected traffic in the area.
April 21, 2020: The City is in the process of selecting a contractor through a bid process.
Pier 7 Foundation Piles
Construction is anticipated to begin February 2020. The anticipated completion date is March 20, 2020.
West River Parkway will have some traffic impact; the Parkway is needed for staging and access. The traffic plan shows a lane closure on the lane near the pier. Flaggers will be coordinated two-way traffic on the remaining lane. Through cooperation with the park board all lane closures will be opened at the end of every work day and on weekends.
April 21, 2020: This project phase has been completed.
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Petru Vizoli, Project Engineer; 612-673-2368 or [email protected]
Raul Espinoza-Lopez, Chief Field Inspector; 612-673-2915 or [email protected]
Last updated May 6, 2020