Already long closed to drivers, the St. Anthony Parkway bridge over the Northtown rail yard in northeast Minneapolis closes Monday to pedestrians and bikers as the bridge replacement project hits a new phase.
The closure is scheduled to last 13 months. Crews are preparing to remove the five spans in the 89-year-old fracture-critical bridge that is rated as the worst in Hennepin County.
The bridge closed to motorized traffic 17 months ago. Vehicle, bike and foot detours have been posted.
The project includes a new bridge with a through truss resembling the current bridge. It also will realign approach roads on St. Anthony Parkway, California Street NE. and Main Street NE. The new bridge features wider pedestrian and bike lanes connecting to parkway trails and sidewalks.
A bridge plaza will be located on the parkway at California Street. It will feature exhibits about the old bridge, rail yard and neighborhood history. It will reuse parts of the old bridge and offer a vista for observing the rail yard.