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PROJECT UPDATES

As part of mitigating the loss of the historic truss spans, the City of Minneapolis is accepting proposals for the sale, relocation, rehabilitation, and reuse of the existing historic truss spans.  Proposals are due April 30th, 2014.  See the advertisement here. 

A Public Open House will be held on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at River Village East (2919 Randolph St NE) in the Community Room.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The existing 533.6 foot, five-span, Warren through truss was built in 1925 and crosses over 24 tracks of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) rail yard. The structure provides one vehicular traffic lane in each direction and a sidewalk on the south side. The St. Anthony Bridge has been determined eligible for the National Register of Historic Places and is part of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board "Grand Rounds-National Scenic Byway." The project includes demolition of the existing bridge, construction of a new through-truss bridge, and realignment of approach roadways which includes St. Anthony Parkway, California St. NE and Main St. NE.

 

PURPOSE & NEED

The primary purpose of the project is to provide a structurally-sound crossing over the BNSF rail yard for non-motorized, motorized, and rail users.   Based on the project purpose and existing conditions, the following primary project needs have been identified:

  • Provide enough bearing capacity to accommodate vehicle/travelers on the route,
  • Maintain an official truck route to meet freight traffic needs in the area, 
  • Keep a functional Metro Transit bus route, 
  • Accommodate interstate commerce and passenger rail service, and
  • Address non-motorized operational needs

Secondary considerations (wants) have also been identified as: 

  • Address rail yard safety, 
  • Consider constructability in rail yard, 
  • Consider long-term operations in the rail yard, 
  • Consider long-term maintenance issues, and
  • Address geometrics at adjacent intersections. 

 

PROJECT SCHEDULE

  • START ENGINEERING – July 2013
  • PUBLIC MEETINGS & CAC MEETINGS - August 2013 through Spring 2014
  • DESIGN - through Spring 2014
  • CONSTRUCTION BID - Summer 2014
  • START OF CONSTRUCTION - Fall 2014
  • ROAD CLOSURES - Spring 2015 to Spring 2016
  • PROJECT COMPLETION - Spring 2016

NEWS & ARTICLES

6 a.m. update: Restrictions for bicycles/peds on St. Anthony/Northtown Bridge

 Posted by: TIM HARLOW, Star Tribune 

The Minnesota Department of Transportation and City of Minneapolis have closed the south cantilever sidewalk of the St. Anthony/Northtown Bridge to all bicycle and pedestrian traffic.

During a bridge inspection, MnDOT inspectors found significant deterioration of the bridge’s bracket connection. Pedestrian and bike traffic will be redirected to the north sidewalk until repairs are completed. A timeframe for completion is not yet available, according to  a news release from the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board.

 

Minneapolis: St. Anthony Parkway Bridge Meeting set for Oct. 29

Article By KERRY ASHMORE, Northeaster

October 17, 2013

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 space-frame 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.

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Badly Corroding Minneapolis Northtown Bridge Nears Replacement

Article by: STEVE BRANDT, Star Tribune

April 1, 2013

Minneapolis bridge has spanned the years from steam to diesel, but it’s off limits to heavier vehicles. It took decades of debate to decide that it’s more cost-effective to replace than fix a risky Minneapolis bridge, but before the new span is built there’s still more discussion ahead on what it should look like. (Full Article)

 

City Seeks Public Opinion on St. Anthony Parkway Bridge Construction

Article by: JASMYN TAYLOR, KSTP.com

March 27, 2013

Plans to replace the St. Anthony Parkway Bridge over the Northtown Yard in Northeast Minneapolis are moving ahead.

The city wants residents to weigh in on what the new bridge will look like. (Full Article)