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Maintenance Work Scheduled at 5 Hennepin County Road Bridges Over the Mississippi River Starting Monday, October 1

Via an October 1 e-newsletter from Hennepin County:

Bridge joint flushing begins this week

This week, Hennepin County bridge maintenance crews will begin routine maintenance work on five bridges over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. The bridges, listed in anticipated order of work, are: 

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

Crews will be flushing bridge expansion joints. Typically done every six months, flushing removes dirt and debris that build up inside joints over time. Properly maintaining these joints helps keep the bridge functioning as designed.  

Access and timing

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.

Weather permitting, maintenance work on each bridge is expected to take up to two days to complete. Once complete, crews will move onto the next bridge.

To minimize impacts to traffic, work will be completed on weekdays at off-peak hours between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. 

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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