After years of meetings, plans, funding, historic preservation work and various setbacks, City of Minneapolis engineers say they are ready with a solution to the problems caused by the aging St. Anthony Parkway bridge over the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad yard.
Their decision to replace the bridge, with which the project’s citizen advisory committee concurred, met with resistance from the historic preservation arm of the Federal Highway Administration, which urged them to make a greater effort to meet future transportation needs without taking out the existing bridge. Those obstacles appear to have been cleared.
The new bridge design calls for a combination approach, with the western portion having a Warren through-truss structure similar in appearance to the existing bridge, and the eastern portion supported by piers and steel girders.
A public meeting/open house for the project is set for Tuesday, Oct. 29, 6-8 p.m. at River Village, 2919 Randolph St. NE. City officials are looking for residents’ opinions on the new design, and on other issues such as the truss color, the railing design, lighting and concrete textures.The meeting room is handicap accessible, for special arrangements contact Kristin Petersen, kpetersen@ sehinc.com. More information is available at www.stapbridge.com.