"This is a complex project due to the location and intricacy of the bridges. Because of this, unavoidable and significant downtown traffic impacts are anticipated during construction."
There's your warning from the St. Paul Public Works Department about how work on and around Kellogg Boulevard in the city's downtown will affect driving around there.
Reconstruction work begins Wednesday, April 1 – and is expected to last through November of this year.
- Kellogg Boulevard between Market Street and Wabasha Street.
- Southbound lanes on the Wabasha Street Bridge.
- The eastbound Exchange Street viaduct.
What work is being done
Workers are replacing two underground bridges along those roads, the Pioneer Press says, which also help support the street along the edges of the Mississippi River.
The project will cost about $12 million. Local access to parking facilities and businesses will be maintained for all nine months of work.
The public works department says the bridges are more than 80 years old.
"Kellogg Boulevard in downtown Saint Paul is made up of several complex and relatively unknown bridges, which were designed to seamlessly integrate with the surrounding sidewalk, roadway, utilities and buildings," the department says. "Originally built in the 1930s, these bridges now need to be replaced."
The city has said those bridges are among the 10 most-deficient it owns.