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Bridge 9 Program

Starting in 2020, the City of Minneapolis will begin repairs on Bridge 9 in downtown Minneapolis.

Bridge 9 Improvements Webmap

Project status

Project Status: Construction


Bridge No. 9 was constructed in 1922 by the Northern Pacific Railroad to carry freight over the Mississippi. The City of Minneapolis acquired this bridge in 1986 and converted the bridge to a pedestrian use bridge in 1999. The bridge currently provides a Mississippi River crossing for the Dinkytown Greenway bike trail.

Over the years the bridge has deteriorated substantially, and rehab is required. To preserve the historic resource of the bridge the City has opted for a repair/rehabilitation program. The Bridge 9 program is a multi-year program aimed to address the Northern Pacific Railroad Bridge deficiencies. The program has prioritized critical rehabilitation needs of the bridge and phased them to be repaired in the coming years. The expected completion date of the program is 2026.

For more information on work to be completed on Bridge 9, see the Bridge 9 Piers Diagram.

Project limits

The bridge begins near the corner of 20th Ave South and Bluff St South and crosses the Mississippi River landing on the Dinkytown Greenway. The rehabilitation work will primary be concentrated on the piers and foundation.


This program will be completed in phases. See the phases of repair and rehabilitation below.

Piers 6 and 7 Encasement and Bearings Replacement


Project Status: Construction


Construction activities started on June 29, 2020. The anticipated completion date is December 31, 2020.

Traffic impact

Currently West River Parkway is scheduled to be closed for vehicular traffic until November 2020. Pedestrian and bicycle traffic are open to traffic with a local detour (under the bridge).

Detours signs are installed to guide the affected traffic in the area.

Pedestrians and Bicyclists from the 10th Ave bridge project are detoured to Bridge #9 (this project). Motor vehicles are not allowed on Bridge #9, it is strictly for pedestrians and bicyclist use only.

Project updates

August 3, 2020: For the month of July, the following construction operations were performed: clearing the area, surveying, erosion control, pavement removals, temporary bike/pedestrian trail, driving H piles and sheet piles, foundation excavations.

For the month of August, the following construction operations are scheduled: concrete demolition Piers 6 and 7, reinforcement bars and concrete placement for foundations, elevation casing and jacking frames for both Piers 6 and 7.

June 30, 2020: For the month of July the following construction operations are scheduled: Mobilization, clearing the area, surveying, erosion control, pavement removals, temporary bike/pedestrian trail, driving H piles and sheet piles, foundation excavations, concrete demolition, and reinforcement bars for foundation.

April 21, 2020: The City is in the process of selecting a contractor through a bid process.

Pier 7 Foundation Piles


Project Status: Completed


Construction is anticipated to begin February 2020. The anticipated completion date is March 20, 2020.

Traffic impact

West River Parkway will have some traffic impact; the Parkway is needed for staging and access. The traffic plan shows a lane closure on the lane near the pier. Flaggers will be coordinated two-way traffic on the remaining lane. Through cooperation with the park board all lane closures will be opened at the end of every work day and on weekends.

Project updates

April 21, 2020: This project phase has been completed.

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Stakeholder meetings

Project staff will be hosting monthly online stakeholder construction meetings.

Virtual monthly project stakeholder meetings will be held every 3rd Thursday of the month using Microsoft Teams. Please use the link below to join the meeting.

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Conference ID#: 277 820 469
Conference Phone #: 612-276-6670

Every 3rd Thursday of the month, 9:30- 10:00 a.m.

These meetings help us to give you more detailed information about work progress on a monthly basis and to have discussion on any concerns or questions you have about the project. Please send an email or give a call to the project engineer if you have difficulty using the link above.

If no one joins the meeting within 15 minutes the meeting will end, but you can still contact the project engineer via phone or email.

Petru Vizoli, Project/Construction Engineer; 612-201-1905 or [email protected]

Contact us

Petru Vizoli, Project Engineer; 612-673-2368 or [email protected]

Raul Espinoza-Lopez, Lead Field Inspector; 612-673-2915 or [email protected]


Last updated Aug 14, 2020



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