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 June 11, 2012
City leaders celebrate new North Side connection to South Side

WHAT:             Mayor Rybak, Council Member Lisa Goodman, Council Member Don Samuels, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin and others celebrate the start of a landmark project that will bridge a big divide between the North Side and South Side of Minneapolis.

WHEN:             4 p.m., Tuesday, June 12

WHERE:           Corner of Fremont Avenue North and Second Avenue North, Minneapolis

MORE:             The City of Minneapolis has begun work to extend Van White Memorial Boulevard from the North Side to the South Side. For decades, Interstate 394 and rail lines have contributed to physical and cultural barriers between these two sections of the city. This project will take Van White Memorial Boulevard south of Glenwood Avenue to Dunwoody Boulevard under I-394. When the work is completed next year, the street will provide communities of north Minneapolis a vital connection to the rest of the city and the metro area.

                        The celebration will take place near the northern end of the Bassett Creek bridge segment of Van White Boulevard. The project also includes a larger, 600-foot bridge that will span rail lines and the Cedar Lake Trail.

                        The street is named after longtime Council Member Van White, who passed away in 1993. His wife and children will also be on hand for the celebration.

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Published Jun 11, 2012