County Rd 101/Central Ave. Bridge over Hwy 12

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Central Avenue Bridge

MnDOT continues work on the replacement of the Central Avenue / County Road 101 bridge over Highway 12.

MnDOT announced that the Central Avenue / County Road 101 bridge and west side ramps will reopen to traffic in November 17. The ramps on the east side of the bridge are now open. 

Please watch for single-lane closures on Highway 12 during off-peak hours as crews continue to work toward completion. All traffic impacts are tentative and weather dependent.


Concrete being poured on the 101 Bridge

The need: a safer bridge with better traffic flow
The County Road 101/Central Avenue Bridge that passes over Highway 12 was deteriorating. In partnership with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and Hennepin County, this work replaced the bridge and added new turn lanes that will allow for better traffic flow and improved safety.

The work
A new, wider bridge deck replaced the old bridge, and left turn lanes were added. New traffic signal systems at the Highway 12 on and off ramps were also added, and safer sidewalks were constructed along County Road 101/Central Avenue.

The impact
The bridge will be closed for the majority of the project but traffic will be rerouted, and all businesses and residences will remain accessible throughout the construction.

The timeline
Construction on the bridge began April 29, 2019 and is expected to be completed in early November, 2019.

Key project dates include:

June 28: The bridge will officially close on this date and will be closed until November 17.

June 28-July 1: The existing bridge will be removed during this time, which means Highway 12 will also be closed, with traffic rerouted using the on and off ramps.

July 1: The ramps will officially be closed starting on this date, with the east ramp reopening August 12 and the west ramp reopening in November.

Ramp closures

Tuesday, July 2 through Monday, Aug. 12      

  • The ramp from WB Hwy 12 to NB Co. Rd. 101 is closed        
  • The ramp from NB Co. Rd. 101 to EB Hwy 12 is  closed

Tuesday, July 2 through Sunday, November 17

  • The ramp from WB Hwy 12 to SB Co. Rd. 101 is  closed
  • The ramp from EB Hwy 12 to SB Co. Rd. 101 is  closed

*Please note that all closures and schedules are weather permitting and subject to change. We will provide updates on this page, or you can visit 511mn.org for real-time updates as well.

Navigation tips

MnDOT suggests the following ramp detours.

EB Hwy 12 exit ramp to Co. Rd. 101 (PDF)

Co. Rd. 101 entrance ramp to WB Hwy 12 (PDF)

WB Hwy 12 exit ramp to Co. Rd. 101 (PDF)

Co. Rd. 101 entrance ramp to EB Hwy 12 (PDF)

The latest

The City will be providing ongoing updates about the County Road 101/Central Avenue Bridge and other road construction projects. To stay informed, please sign up for email or text alerts. Additionally, visit the MnDOT website for more information about the project.