28th Avenue South Bridge over Minnehaha Creek
In 2019-2020 the City of Minneapolis will be reconstructing the 28th Ave S bridge crossing Minnehaha Creek in South Minneapolis.
As of June 19, 2020, construction on the 28th Avenue S bridge is complete and has reopened to all traffic.
Caption: Newly reconstructed 28th Avenue S bridge. Photo taken in June 2020.
The bridge is located at 28th Ave S crossing Minnehaha Creek in the Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park in south Minneapolis. The project limits will extend to include the approach roadways north and south of the bridge.
Construction began July 15, 2019 and took just under a year to complete. The bridge reopened to traffic on June 19, 2020.
Construction was initially scheduled to be undertaken in 2017, however, working within the Minnehaha Creek Watershed was required to obtain an Army Corps of Engineers permit. The process of obtaining the permit started in December 2015 and took longer than originally anticipated.
28th Avenue S traffic will be closed to all traffic modes during construction. See the project Detour Routes.
As part of the new design, a trail will cross under the reconstructed 28th Ave S bridge.
Stakeholder Construction Update Meetings
Public Works staff has held occasional public construction update meetings for stakeholders.
Stakeholders Meeting - April 24, 2020
Stakeholders Public Meeting Presentation (April 2020)
Stakeholders Meeting - May 22, 2020
Stakeholders Public Meeting Presentation (May 2020)
Two community meetings were held in May 2018 to get feedback from the community. Staff attended an October 2018 Standish Erickson Neighborhood Association Board meeting to share proposed railing options.
Railing Options - October 2018
The existing bridge is a concrete arch bridge that was constructed in 1904. The arch has a clear span of 25 feet and rise of 7 feet. A multiuse Regional Park trail crosses 28th Avenue immediately north of the bridge on a skewed alignment. This trail is a component of the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway which has been nominated for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.
When originally constructed, the bridge had a concrete railing and pedestrians & vehicles shared the roadway (see Figure 1). In the 1920s, sidewalks and metal railings were added. The sidewalks were cantilevered ~ 3.5 feet beyond the bridge spandrel walls. This provided the current ~4.5 foot sidewalks and moved pedestrians away from vehicular traffic (see Figure 2).
The primary purpose of the project is to provide a structurally-sound crossing over Minnehaha Creek for motorized and non-motorized users; and to provide a Grand Rounds trail crossing under 28th Avenue South for non-motorized users. The bridge needs to be reconstructed in order to accomplish this. The intent is also to continue to provide one vehicular traffic lane in each direction and wider sidewalks across the bridge.
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May 14, 2020 Meeting Announcement
Public Works staff will be holding a second public construction meeting on May 22, 2020.
Remote Stakeholders Meeting
Friday, May 22, 2020
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
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April 24, 2020 Meeting Announcement
Due to social distancing precautions for the COVID-19 virus, the 28th Ave S Bridge construction update meeting will be held online.
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Friday, April 24, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.
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March 16, 2020
- Construction of the 28th Ave S bridge is anticipated to restart on March 30, 2020 and is expected to be reopened by July 1, 2020.
- The temporary pedestrian and bike bridge crossing will be closing on March 30, 2020.
- Removal of temporary bridge crossing.
- Concrete pouring of bridge deck, railing and approach panels.
- Lighting and ornamental railing installation.
- Paving of the roadway, under bridge trail connection, curb, gutter and sidewalk.
March 11, 2020
The temporary pedestrian and bike bridge crossing is currently closed due to CenturyLink utility repairs. Stay tuned for updates.
January 15, 2020
Work on the 28th Ave Bridge replacement has been halted for the winter until weather conditions permit construction to resume. Beam placement and sewer work continued through December 2019 the work site is now shut down for the winter. Work is expected to resume in the Spring of 2020.
A temporary pedestrian and bike crossing has been installed for use during the winter until construction on the project can restart. Crews will ensure that the crossing, which includes rails, traffic control and temporary lighting, is clear of snow during this time.
Construction of the bridge is anticipated to get back underway in the Spring of 2020 and the road is expected to be reopened by July 1, 2020.
December 9, 2019
We appreciate your patience as we rebuild the historic 28th Ave bridge. We know that this work can be disruptive and we are doing our best to minimize these impacts.
This summer, the old deteriorating bridge was demolished, as well as the roads approaching the bridge. Work has also been done to replace the storm sewer and water main, and the bridge foundations and outside framework have been completed.
The reconstruction of the 28th Ave Bridge across Minnehaha Creek continues to progress, but there are challenges that have delayed the original project schedule. Record rainfall, an unexpected water main break, extra coordination with utilities and the early onset of freezing weather have contributed to delays.
Bridge beam placement and sewer work will continue through late December 2019 and then construction on the site will be shut down until work can resume in the Spring of 2020. Over winter, crews will install a temporary sidewalk over the creek and will ensure that pedestrian and bike access are maintained across 28th Ave. Additionally, temporary lights, winter maintenance activities and traffic control will be in place during the winter season. Crews will resume construction of the bridge in the Spring of 2020 and the road is expected to be reopened by July 1, 2020.
Thank you again for your continued patience.
March 29, 2019
Bridge design is complete.
July 15, 2019
Construction and road closures begin.
Ahmed Omar, Project Engineer; 612-673-3612 or [email protected]
Nhut Nguyen, Field Inspector; 612-704-1492 or [email protected]
Last updated Jun 22, 2020