We return to the Old Cedar Bridge in Bloomington, MN with good news that will end a 20-year debate. The Bloomington City Council had a vote in order to determine whether or not the city would restore the Old Cedar Avenue Bridge which has been closed to the public since 2002. There was a 5-2 ruling for restoration of the bridge which means that the city will get to spend a generous $14.3 million which is more than enough for refurbishment. Why refurbish the bridge when it could be completely replaced for a mere $6.8 million?
Well, the vote followed reception of a letter from federal authorities that made it clear that the city would not be permitted to replace the bridge, which is on the National Register of Historic Places and in a federal wildlife refuge. Either way, I’m very excited to see what they are going to do with this historic bridge from my hometown. A restored bridge would provide a link to the growing network of trails in Hennepin and Dakota counties. The bridge could be reopened by summer of 2015 when construction is complete.
Pictured below is a wooden support from the ancient bridge that sat here before the current Old Cedar bridge.