City of Minneapolis celebrates reopening of historic 10th Avenue Bridge

November 16, 2021

City of Minneapolis officials joined other community leaders today to celebrate the reopening of the historic 10th Avenue Bridge. The bridge rehabilitation and water main project is substantially complete.

The 1929-era bridge is a critical connection over the Mississippi River and carried approximately 10,000 vehicles and hundreds of pedestrians daily before it closed for repair work in March 2020. It reopened to traffic this afternoon.

The rehabilitation of the bridge involved replacing the bridge deck and other deteriorating concrete components. The bridge features two-way vehicle traffic with protected bike lanes and 10-12 foot sidewalks.

The City also installed a new water main underneath the river, which replaced a 1949-era main that was suspended from the bridge structure. A microtunnel boring machine was used to create a tunnel under the river for the new water main. Putting the water main below the river extends its lifespan since it won’t be exposed to road salts and other elements that cause corrosion.

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ribbon cutting at 10th Avenue Bridge