Plymouth Avenue Bridge reopens Oct. 15

The Plymouth Avenue Bridge river crossing will reopen Monday, Oct. 15 after a two-year closure. Crews have completed repairs to the main spans over the Mississippi River, making it possible for traffic to resume. The time of the bridge’s opening on Monday has yet to be determined.

The bridge closed in October 2010 after inspectors found significant deterioration in concrete and cables inside the bridge’s box girders. Crews began fixing that damage this past summer. That work has now reached a point where the remaining construction can be done while the bridge is open to vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic. 

Although the bridge will open Monday, there will be lane restrictions in place. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction, and it will remain that way until this season’s construction wraps up in late November. All lanes on the bridge will then open to traffic through the winter. When construction resumes in April 2013, lane restrictions will be back in place until the final repairs are completed at the end of the summer.

The Plymouth Avenue Bridge opened in 1982, and before its closure, it 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.

More information on the Plymouth Avenue Bridge repairs is on the City's website.

Published Oct. 12, 2012