Drivers in St. Paul will have one less way to get across Interstate 94 when Cretin Avenue bridge closes on Thursday.

When the Cretin bridge is shut down at 5 a.m., that will make three bridges that carry traffic over I-94 in St. Paul unusable. The others are at Prior Avenue and Lexington Parkway.

While the Cretin Avenue bridge is down, southbound motorists will be detoured via University Avenue, Fairview Avenue and Marshall Avenue.  Northbound motorists will be detoured via Marshall Avenue, Cleveland Avenue and University Avenue.

During the closure, crews will repair the bridge deck, resurface the roadway, replace the sidewalks and install new guardrail. The work is expected to be done by May 25.

Things should get a little easier come Sunday (or early Monday) when the Lexington Avenue bridge is scheduled to reopen.

MnDOT is repairing nine bridges spanning I-94. Still to come this summer are closures of bridges at Pelham Blvd., Cleveland Avenue, Pascal Avenue, Hamline Avenue, Victoria Street and Dale Street.

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