Recovery funds approved for Camden Bridge, other Minneapolis projects

The City of Minneapolis’ request for $10 million in American Recovery & Reinvestment Act funding to rehabilitate the Camden Bridge over the Mississippi River has been approved by the Metropolitan Council. The Camden Bridge funding is part of a larger package of transportation funding for the metro provided by the Recovery Act, which the Met Council approved at its June 10, 2009 meeting.

The rehabilitation work is expected to begin in early 2010, and it is estimated that the project will create about 90 construction jobs once work begins. The work will add 35 years to the life of the bridge, which is an important link between neighborhoods in north and northeast Minneapolis. The work will happen concurrently with Hennepin County’s complete reconstruction of the Lowry Avenue bridge in the same area, so Minneapolis will maintain traffic flow across the Camden Bridge during construction.

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 stimulus 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. 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 approved 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.)

For more information on Minneapolis recovery work, visit www.minneapolisrecovery.us .

June 11, 2009

Published Jun 11, 2009