Minneapolis seeks federal recovery funds to rehab Camden Bridge

Minneapolis is one step closer to obtaining recovery funding that will allow for a rehabilitation of the Camden Bridge over the Mississippi River. Minneapolis has sought $10 million in American Recovery & Reinvestment Act funding for the project. The Metropolitan Council’s Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) voted on May 20 to include the Camden Bridge work in a larger package of transportation funding for the metro provided by the Recovery Act. As a next stop, the Metropolitan Council is expected to vote in June on whether to approve the project funding.

City leaders developed the Minneapolis Economic Recovery Strategy to seek federal funding that preserves and creates jobs and makes public investments that translate into a more competitive future for the people of Minneapolis and this entire region. Over the next several months, Minneapolis will apply for federal recovery funding for a variety of critical projects and initiatives – from public safety and infrastructure to technology and building a green economy.

Built in 1975, the Camden Bridge is the 42nd Avenue North / 37th Avenue Northeast crossing over the Mississippi River and Interstate 94. The bridge has deteriorated to the point that it is need of repairs to maintain public safety. If the improvements to the bridge are not made, it will continue to deteriorate, making rehabilitation exponentially more expensive and necessitating a much costlier full bridge replacement (estimated at $110 million).

The rehabilitation will include replacement of expansion joints, full deck replacement, a new drainage system, replacement of approach panels, crash railing, sidewalks, pedestrian railings, and re-painting. The completed project will also save Minneapolis maintenance costs into the future. Currently, city crews spend approximately a month on deck patching and painting the bridge each year.

The package of transportation projects being considered by the Metropolitan Council also includes several other projects within Minneapolis that have been requested by other local government entities. They include reconstruction of the Lowry Avenue Bridge over the Mississippi River and the construction of a critical link to the Cedar Lake Bike Trail system (both Hennepin County projects) and rehabilitation of the Bryant Avenue pedestrian bridge over Minnehaha Creek (a Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board project.)

June 1, 2009

Published Jun 1, 2009