Old Cedar Avenue bridge fans plan rally for 'missing link'

  • Article by: MARY JANE SMETANKA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 20, 2012 - 7:35 PM

Supporters want to drum up enthusiasm - and cash - to renovate the Old Cedar Avenue bridge, which can't be torn down because of its historic designation. It's a "great recreational resource."

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davidtbrooksSep. 20, 12 7:47 PM

Cities make easy things way too complicated. Not too hard to make this bridge okay for bikers and walkers. Myself and a few friends could do it over a weekend most likely.

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neptune1Sep. 20, 12 8:09 PM

Let Minneapolis take control...we see how well they do at building a bike bridge.

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dahlgj0Sep. 20, 12 8:22 PM

What isolation. The 'new' Cedar Ave bridge has a bicycle/pedestrian river crossing slung under it

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spartavilleSep. 20, 12 8:30 PM

Compare how Bloomington is being treated to Stillwater. In Stillwater, millions will be spent on the soon-to-be abandoned lift bridge for at most a few hundred walkers and bikers. The state even plans to continue paying big $$$ to maintain and to operate that lift, in perpetuity. Bloomington, on the other hand, has a metro area packed with TENS of THOUSANDS of hiking and biking enthusiasts, yet they get no help. Seems a little unbalanced, don't ya think?

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nlannersSep. 20, 12 8:56 PM

To dahlgj0; the new bridge gets you across the main channel of the river but not all the way into Bloomington. The old bridge crosses the marshland and Black Dog lake and would provide a link to the East end of Old Shakopee road. Go down there and check it out yourself. I would also argue for a pedestrian and bike crossing at 35W from Burnsville to Bloomington. This could link to Lyndale ave and be a fast connector from Dakota County to West Bloomington, Normandale college and Downtown.

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larciferSep. 20, 12 9:11 PM

This state can blow money like no other, except for CA.

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wingknutSep. 20, 12 9:27 PM

We used to bike that bridge.. and party over there way back when. I don't recall that there are every many people down there using those trails, it's almost a hidden gem down there by the river.

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arspartzSep. 20, 1210:09 PM

I'm sure the governor will find some way to divert money from the highway fund to get this done.

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vikesbluesSep. 20, 1210:27 PM

Maybe as part of the bill to fix up the bridge, they can find a few bucks for an map of the Twin Cities. Someone at the Strib needs a quick geography lesson for putting this in the "West Metro" section.

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bhappySep. 20, 1210:34 PM

Honestly, this is probably a fun project to take on at some point. However, this is hardly the time for such discretionary spending. How about working on the basics, like fixing potholes, repairing commuter bridges and possibly educating a kid or two. This town is not lacking for bike trails.

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