28th Avenue South Bridge over Minnehaha Creek

Between 2019-2020 the City of Minneapolis will be reconstructing the 28th Ave S bridge crossing Minnehaha Creek in South Minneapolis.

Project status



As of June 19, 2020, construction on the 28th Avenue S bridge is complete and has reopened to all traffic. 

Newly reconstructed 28th Avenue S bridge. Photo taken in June 2020.

Project limits

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 schedule

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.

Traffic impact

28th Avenue S traffic will be closed to all traffic modes during construction. See the project Detour Routes Map .


Project Layout

Detour Routes Map

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)

Community meetings

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

Public Meeting - May 30, 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. 

Figure 1 - 28th Avenue S Bridge - Looking west 1905

Project updates

May 14, 2020 Meeting announcement
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April 24, 2020 Meeting announcement
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March 16, 2020
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March 11, 2020
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January 15, 2020
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December 9, 2019
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Ahmed Omar, Project Engineer; 612-673-3612 or ahmed.omar@minneapolismn.gov 

Nhut Nguyen, Field Inspector; 612-704-1492 or Nhut.Nguyen@minneapolismn.gov



Contact us

Public Works


City Hall
350 Fifth St. S.
Room 203
Minneapolis, MN 55415