Cedar Lake Road bridge replacement

The City will replace the Cedar Lake Road bridge over the BNSF railroad in NE Minneapolis. Note: This project’s construction year has been moved to 2026. Public Works intends to resume the public engagement process in 2024.

Key information

Dates

2026

Location

Cedar Lake Road bridge from Morgan Ave. S. to northeast terminus of bridge

Near-North North Loop

Project overview

In 2026, the City will replace the Cedar Lake Road bridge over the BNSF railroad in northeast Minneapolis.

The bridge over the BNSF railroad is a seven span timber beam bridge that was built in 1941. The bridge is 142 feet long and 51 feet wide. The bridge has a sufficiency rating of ‘fair’ and thus requires a full replacement.

This project proposes to replace the Cedar Lake Road Bridge (MSA route 406) which crosses the BNSF railroad tracks. This bridge replacement will include transportation infrastructure for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. The project will follow the guidance outlined in the Transportation Action Plan and Street Design Guide.

Learn more

Cedar Lake Road bridge reconstruction fact sheet

Project goals

  • Improve pedestrian access & safety
  • Improve bicycle connectivity
  • Maintain vehicular access
  • Coordinate project with agency partner plans and projects (MPRB and BNSF Rail)

Designing a complete street

This planned bridge replacement is an opportunity to improve aging infrastructure and design a more people friendly street.

View interactive map

Existing conditions

Estimated number of daily users

  • Pedestrians: 460*
  • Bicycles: 160*
  • Motor vehicles: 1,500

*2017 data obtained from Cedar Lake Road South, east of Penn Avenue South (0.2 miles from project location)

Reported crashes

There have been no reported crashes within the project area in the last ten years.

Source: MnDOT 2021

Past meetings

Public Meeting #1 – virtual open house

We held a virtual meeting on October 26, 2021 to introduce the project. 

Project timeline

2024: Planning

2025: Design

Late 2026: Construction

Project phase

This project is currently in the input phase.

Input

Design

In Progress

Complete

View of pavement on Cedar Lake Road bridge
View of guard rail on Cedar Lake Road bridge
View of pavement and sidewalk on Cedar Lake Road bridge

Contact us

Alexander Kado

Transportation Planner

Public Works

Phone

612-673-5192

Abdullahi Abukar

Transportation Engineer
Public Works

Phone

612-673-2463