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Maintenance Work Begins on 5 Hennepin County Road Bridges Over the Mississippi River

Via a May 3 e-newsletter from Hennepin County:

Bridge maintenance work begins next week

Starting Monday, May 7, crews will begin bridge maintenance work on five county road bridges over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis.

The bridges, listed in anticipated order of work, are:

- Lake Street Bridge (County Road 3)
- Franklin Avenue Bridge (County Road 5)
- Hennepin Avenue Bridge (County Road 52)
- Broadway Avenue Bridge (County Road 66)
- Lowry Avenue Bridge (County Road 153)

Maintenance work will involve flushing the bridge deck and other critical components underneath the bridge.

Dirt and debris, which hold moisture and chlorides, build up inside joints and crevices over time. Flushing the bridge of dirt and debris helps extend the life of the bridge.

Timing and access

Maintenance work on each bridge is expected to take four to five days to complete. To minimize impacts to traffic, work will be completed on weekdays at off-peak hours.

People driving should expect short-term lane closures, and people walking should expect sidewalk closures. However, we will keep at least one lane for each direction of traffic and one side of the sidewalks open at all times. Signage, cones, barricades and flashing arrow boards will be on site to guide you around the work areas.

Expect delays when traveling through the area. For your safety and the safety of our crews, please exercise caution and slow down as you travel through the area

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