Metro Region Driving Directions
Detour Notice – Beginning Summer 2014
A one-mile segment of West River Parkway, between 4th St. S and Franklin Ave, will remain closed to vehicle and pedestrian / bicycle traffic due to safety concerns. Soil boring test results and continued slope erosion following rainfalls confirm that the parkway slope remains unstable. Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) environmental and planning staff, University of Minnesota Medical Center Fairview staff, and consulting engineers are working to determine how to best stabilize the hillside so traffic can resume. The MPRB hopes to begin construction this fall on temporary or permanent repairs that will keep the hillside stable, but that work likely will not be completed until 2015. Until the work is completed and the parkway reopens, the existing detour will remain in place. For a detour map, go to http://www.minneapolisparks.org/documents/WestRiverPkwyDetour.pdf. Visit http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=1504 for project updates.
Elk River to Downtown Minneapolis (28 miles)
The Great River Road continues past Elk River east on Wright Co. Rd. 39, then south to Wright Co. Rd. 42, then east to the Hennepin County line (Co. Rd. 12). Go south on Co. Rd. 12. Across the Mississippi from Anoka, head southeast along Hennepin Co. Rd. 12 (West River Road) to 97th Avenue. Head east briefly on 97th Avenue to West River Road, then southeast to Brookdale Drive. Go west on Brookdale Drive to Minnesota Highway 252. Go south on MN 252 to I-694. Cross the Mississippi River on I-694 and take East River Road (Anoka Co. Rd. 1) to the Anoka-Hennepin County line (the road becomes Hennepin Co. Rd. 23/Marshall Street) at the north edge of Minneapolis. Continue along Marshall Street to Broadway Avenue (Hennepin Co. Rd. 66) and head west on Broadway to West River Parkway.
Downtown Minneapolis to downtown St. Paul (12 miles)
Take West River Parkway south to Godfrey Parkway. Look for the entrance to Minnehaha Park. Follow Godfrey Parkway to the roundabout in front of the Longfellow House, then turn right onto Minnehaha Avenue (one block), left onto 46th Street East (one block), then left (south) onto Minnesota Highway 55, where you will head southeast toward the Hennepin-Dakota County line (at the Minnesota/Mississippi River confluence). At the Dakota County line, take Minnesota Highway 13 (Sibley Memorial Highway) northeast to Interstate Highway 35E. Take I-35E north. Turn right on Shepard Road, which becomes Warner Road (Ramsey Co. Rd. 36).
From downtown St. Paul to Hastings (26 miles)
From Warner Road, take U.S. 61/10 south to I-494 west, which crosses the river. Exit south on Minnesota Highway 56, then turn east on Minnesota Highway 55 toward Hastings. Take Dakota Co. Rd. 42 northeast to U.S. 61/10. Turn south on U.S. 61 to Hastings. Turn south on Highway 361 to U.S. 61 and continue south on U.S. 61.