Crews expect to reopen Franklin Avenue (County Road 5) bridge this Thursday evening, September 1. Pedestrians, bicyclists and motor vehicles will all be able to use the bridge to cross the Mississippi River once again.
Accelerated bridge construction techniques were used so construction crews could remove and replace the entire bridge deck in just 17 weeks - shortening the need for an extended closure and detour.
Upgrading the experience for all users
Significant engineering and construction planning have resulted in a historically accurate, multi-modal bridge deck configuration that will serve bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists well into the future.
Motorists will now enjoy a brand new structural bridge deck across the Franklin Avenue Bridge.
Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to cross the bridge using the newly constructed - and separated - facilities.
While a majority of the work above deck is done, please understand that crews will continue work periodically within one side of the bicycle and pedestrian lanes through the fall. This is to allow under deck restoration efforts to continue.
We appreciate the patience and cooperation of all -- particularly the local neighborhoods and regular users of the bridge. We understand the challenges of the detour and extended work hours during the accelerated schedule. There will be a community event celebrating the restoration and improvements in October.
Please note, the bridge is still an active construction site. Thank you for slowing down and paying attention in work zones. Staying alert and dedicating your full attention to driving keeps you and our crews safe.
Full detour information can be found on the Hennepin County Franklin Avenue Bridge project page.
Questions? Contact Hennepin County at 888-474-8929 or FranklinBridge@hennepin.us.