Plymouth Avenue Bridge repairs begin July 16

On Monday, July 16, crews will begin repairing the Plymouth Avenue Bridge over the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis. The bridge, which closed to motor vehicle traffic after significant deterioration was discovered, will also close to bike and pedestrian traffic on Monday. It will reopen to all traffic once this phase of the work concludes in mid-October.

Repairs will take place over two construction seasons. This year’s work will focus on the bridge’s center span. Crews will remove deteriorating concrete and replace it, along with any corroded cables. Once that span is fixed, the bridge can reopen to all traffic. The bridge’s other spans will be repaired in 2013, and that work will be performed with just some lane restrictions and no full road closures.

The Plymouth Avenue Bridge shut down in October 2010 after it was found to have significant deterioration in its post-tensioning tendons, which are cables that run inside the bridge.  Before its closure, the bridge carried more than 14,000 vehicles a day. That traffic has since moved to other river crossings, including the Broadway Avenue Bridge and the Hennepin Avenue Bridge.

For more information on this project, visit the City's website.

Published Jul 13, 2012