Bloomington will ask to raze, replace Old Cedar Avenue Bridge

  • Article by: MARY JANE SMETANKA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 6, 2013 - 11:19 PM

The city's move could force federal authorities to order the historic 1920 bridge be saved.

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justsayinFeb. 6, 13 8:42 PM

If the state continues to maintain the Stillwater bridge (after it is soon replaced), the state should also maintain the old Cedar Avenue bridge (which was also replaced). Or, the state should give the lift bridge and its million dollar maintenance and operation fees to Stillwater. Either option is fair and equitable.

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davidtbrooksFeb. 6, 13 8:55 PM

The state as a whole should pay. If not, than Stillwater should pay for it. Seems fair to me.

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boris123Feb. 6, 13 9:19 PM

Bloomington wants to keep or replace a condemned bridge? Then Blooimgton should pay for it.

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ninetwelveFeb. 6, 13 9:39 PM

I can't imagine how something described as a "critical link" could be closed for more than a decade (sarcasm).

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bwikFeb. 6, 1310:28 PM

They have $7 million in the bank? That could fix an old footbridge. Maybe I am misinformed. You did say $7 million, right?

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dtmonkeyboyFeb. 7, 13 4:46 AM

This bridge would actually be extremely useful. I used to use it to bike to work and it was very busy. Now I and others drive.

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randyjkFeb. 7, 13 5:31 AM

Fixing the bridge is not feasible from cost standpoint and Bloomington got stuck with ownership. Best option is let it rot. If the link is critical, just build a cheaper one next to it. After getting tired of the eyesore, there will be more willingness to tear it down.

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Dellman2Feb. 7, 13 6:26 AM

Bring back the ferry ! Sound like I better head down and get some photos before its gone.

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joe_mnFeb. 7, 13 7:25 AM

they built the bridge for cars/people. they spent money to build newer/better bridge. why is old/worn bridge still here? now the taxpayers have to maintain 2 bridges.

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sharkysharkFeb. 7, 1310:12 AM

The most viable solution is to use the massive fundraising power of electronic pulltabs to raise the money. The way those are selling certainly the Viking stadium is paid for already. ;)

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