Supporters of the Old Cedar Avenue Bridge celebrate renovation vote

  • Article by: Mary Jane Smetanka , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 10, 2013 - 9:26 PM

The renovated span, to be ready in 2015, will draw heavy use, supporters say.

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web4freeSep. 10, 13 4:55 PM

I'm glad I'm not a Bloomington tax-payer anymore, but if I still lived there, I'd be OK with this. I used that bridge all the time to bike to Eagan and Burnsville. As was stated in the article, the alternative to getting to that side of Eagan is way longer.

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jugglerSep. 10, 13 5:24 PM

I used to ride across that bridge all the time when I lived in Bloomington. I don't care if the old bridge is restored/fixed of if a new people bridge is built. Just get a bridge to reconnect the bike trails on each side of the river.

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kruzelcSep. 10, 13 6:40 PM

I hope they start charging tolls so that only those who ride their bikes across the bridge are charged instead of EVERY taxpayer.

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kpbartSep. 10, 13 7:54 PM

Tax your beloved bikes to pay for it.

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gopher68Sep. 10, 13 8:58 PM

Uh oh, watch out for the "If the Government Spending Doesn't Directly Benefit Me, Then it's Wasteful Spending" crowd on this one. This project is beneficial on so many levels -- links communities, promotes healthy activities, reduces car traffic -- that only a myopic, self-centered taxpayer would be against it.

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smith03Sep. 10, 13 9:54 PM

the problem is this bridge cost twice as much as a new bridge would have, at least all the taxpayers of Minnesota and not just the people of Bloomington are footing the bill, but I do like the idea of a toll bridge for bikes

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bettyanneSep. 10, 1310:56 PM

I remember driving over that bridge in the 70's when I worked at Sperry Univac. I'm glad they will be restoring it. It will be good for that part of the cities and I'm sure will be as big a hit as the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis.

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aarghmebuckoSep. 11, 1310:14 PM

I rather they built a future stone arch bridge -at less cost. The historians may celebrate the artifact but the reality is that there are so few examples of this style bridge because the others have already collapsed. It was a poor design that deserves to be relegated to the trash bins of history, not preserved and celebrated.

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true gritSep. 12, 13 9:27 AM

I find it interesting that most of the Bloomington Council members who voted to waste my tax money in this white elephant are not running for reelection. If we could only be so lucky with Lencheski.

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