East-west travel in Minneapolis will get a bit more difficult Sunday when the Franklin Avenue bridge closes until Labor Day weekend.
Crews will remove the existing bridge deck and replace it with more than 360 deck panels constructed last year. The panels will be floated down the Mississippi River and hoisted up to the bridge deck. Once complete, the restored bridge will be closer to the original 1923 designs and will incorporate modern, multi modal features such as separated on-road bike lanes, walkways, overlook nooks and architectural lighting, Hennepin County engineers said.
During the closure, motorists will be detoured via I-94, Huron Boulevard, University Avenue and 27th Avenue SE. Another option would be to use the Lake Street bridge to the south. Pedestrians and bicyclists will be directed to use the Lake Street or Washington Avenue bridges.
In addition to the Franklin Avenue bridge closure, the intersection of Franklin Avenue and East River Parkway will be closed from midnight to 5 a.m. Monday to allow crews to assemble the crane that will be placed on the bridge deck for removal activities, engineers said.
West River Parkway and a trail north of Franklin Avenue also remains closed.