News: Franklin Avenue (County Road 5) Bridge lane closures begin Monday, June 8

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Contact: Kayla Bromelkamp, Communications, 612-348-8536

Franklin Avenue (County Road 5) Bridge lane closures begin Monday, June 8

Starting Monday, June 8, motor vehicle traffic on the Franklin Avenue Bridge will be reduced to a single lane in each direction across the Mississippi River to install platforms for worker access under the bridge deck. Please consider leaving extra time in your schedule when traveling through the project area.

Bicycles and pedestrians will be routed along a signed detour. Bicyclists should use the on-road bike lane behind the concrete barriers that separate traffic from the work zone; pedestrians will have a sidewalk for use.

This work is part of the ongoing restoration work being done to the Franklin Avenue Bridge. Once bridge restoration is complete in Fall 2016, the new design will continue to provide a single lane in each direction for motorists.

The Franklin Avenue Bridge was listed on the National Register in 1978. When completed in 1923, the bridge was the longest concrete arch in the world. The restored bridge will incorporate safe, modern features including separated on-road bicycle facilities.

Hennepin County began restoration work on the bridge this spring. The work will be completed in the fall of 2016.

Questions or comments can be directed to the Franklin Avenue Bridge Project Hotline at 888-474-8929, or by email at

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