Public opinion sought in the planning of new St. Anthony Parkway Bridge

Plans to replace the St. Anthony Parkway Bridge over the Northtown Yard in northeast Minneapolis are moving ahead, and the City wants residents to weigh in on what the new bridge will look like. At an upcoming meeting, The Minneapolis Department of Public Works will ask for the public’s ideas, concerns and opinions to help make sure the new bridge will be a source of pride for the community.

Built in 1925, the St. Anthony Parkway Bridge carries an average of around 4,200 vehicles a day over two dozen tracks of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail yard. The truss bridge accommodates one lane of traffic in each direction, and only has a sidewalk on one side of the roadway. Due to decades of wear and tear, the bridge needs constant maintenance to keep it safe for public use. Plans call for replacing the entire bridge, improving pedestrian walkways, adding bike lanes and making the roadway part of the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway. Construction is expected to begin in fall 2014.

Because of the age and character of the St. Anthony Parkway Bridge, its removal is expected to have an impact to the historic nature of the Marshall Terrace and Columbia Park neighborhoods. Public participation is needed for planners to determine the type and design of the new bridge. Several possible solutions will be presented at the public meeting.

St. Anthony Parkway Bridge public meeting
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
(presentation begins at 6 p.m.)
River Village East – Community Room
2919 Randolph Street N.E.

Additional comments about the replacement bridge can be made to bridge engineer Jack Yuzna at jack.yuzna@minneapolismn.gov or 612-673-2415.

For more information on the project, go to www.minneapolismn.gov/cip/all/cip_anthony_index.

Published Mar. 27, 2013