Apr 12, 2024 - News

Partial closure of Stone Arch Bridge begins Monday

People walk on the stone arch bridge witht he minneapolis skyline in the distance

Construction should wrap by spring of 2026. Photo: Audrey Kennedy/Axios Twin Cities

A partial closure of Minneapolis' historic Stone Arch Bridge begins Monday morning.

Why it matters: Walkers, runners and bicyclists won't be able to fully cross popular landmark for over a year.

What to expect: The work is starting on the St. Anthony Main side of the bridge

  • People can still walk from the Mill District side, closer to downtown, but they'll have to turn around at the halfway point.

Zoom in: The $38.5 million project involves repairing and replacing stone and mortar on the 141-year-old bridge to slow deterioration and improve its overall condition, per the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

What's next: Work on the St. Anthony Main portion is expected to wrap up in spring 2025. At that time, the other half will close for repair.

  • A MnDOT spokesperson told Axios that people should be able to cross the bridge again by fall of 2025.
  • The full project could be complete by spring of 2026.

If you (need to) go (around): MnDOT has several recommended detours for getting across the Mississippi by foot or bike.

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