County Rd 101/Central Ave. Bridge over Hwy 12

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The need: a safer bridge with better traffic flow

The County Road 101/Central Avenue Bridge that passes over Highway 12 is deteriorating. In partnership with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and Hennepin County, this work will replace the bridge and add new turn lanes that will allow for better traffic flow and improved safety.

The work

A new, wider bridge deck will replace the old bridge, and left turn lanes will be added. New traffic signal systems at the Highway 12 on and off ramps will also be added, and safer sidewalks will be constructed along County Road 101/Central Avenue.

The impact

The bridge will be closed for the majority of the project but traffic will be rerouted, and all businesses and residences will remain accessible throughout the construction.

The timeline

Construction on the bridge will begin April 29. Key project dates include:

June 28: The bridge will officially close on this date and will be closed until the end of October.

June 28-July 1: The existing bridge will be removed during this time, which means Highway 12 will also be closed, with traffic rerouted using the on and off ramps.

July 1: The ramps will officially be closed starting on this date, with the east ramp reopening August 12 and the west ramp reopening in October.

Ramp closures

Tuesday, July 2 through Monday, Aug. 12      

  • The ramp from WB Hwy 12 to NB Co. Rd. 101 is closed        
  • The ramp from NB Co. Rd. 101 to EB Hwy 12 is  closed

Tuesday, July 2 through Friday, Oct. 25

  • The ramp from WB Hwy 12 to SB Co. Rd. 101 is  closed
  • The ramp from EB Hwy 12 to SB Co. Rd. 101 is  closed

*Please note that all closures and schedules are weather permitting and subject to change. We will provide updates on this page, or you can visit 511mn.org for real-time updates as well.

Navigation tips

MnDOT suggests the following ramp detours.

EB Hwy 12 exit ramp to Co. Rd. 101 (PDF)

Co. Rd. 101 entrance ramp to WB Hwy 12 (PDF)

WB Hwy 12 exit ramp to Co. Rd. 101 (PDF)

Co. Rd. 101 entrance ramp to EB Hwy 12 (PDF)

The latest

The City will be providing ongoing updates about the County Road 101/Central Avenue Bridge and other road construction projects. To stay informed, please sign up for email or text alerts. Additionally, visit the MnDOT website for more information about the project.