County Rd 101/Central Ave. Bridge over Hwy 12
MnDOT announced that the Central Avenue / County Road 101 bridge and ramps will reopen to traffic in mid-November.
While the project has experienced some construction delays, crews recently poured concrete onto the bridge deck, which is a big milestone for the project. The concrete will need to cure, and the contractor is working hard to finalize the remaining work needed to open the bridge to traffic.
The ramps on the east side of the bridge are now open. The ramps on the west side of the bridge are scheduled to open on October 25. Concrete pouring on the new bridge deck is scheduled to begin the last week of September.
The need: a safer bridge with better traffic flow
The County Road 101/Central Avenue Bridge that passes over Highway 12 was deteriorating. In partnership with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and Hennepin County, this work replaced the bridge and added new turn lanes that will allow for better traffic flow and improved safety.
A new, wider bridge deck replaced the old bridge, and left turn lanes were added. New traffic signal systems at the Highway 12 on and off ramps were also added, and safer sidewalks were constructed along County Road 101/Central Avenue.
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.
Construction on the bridge began April 29, 2019 and is expected to be completed in early November, 2019.
Key project dates include:
June 28: The bridge will officially close on this date and will be closed until early November.
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.
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 Mid-November
- 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.
MnDOT suggests the following ramp detours.
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.