Bloomington votes to restore the Old Cedar Avenue bridge

The Final Days of Old Cedar Bridge

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?

The Wasteland of Bloomington

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.

Smoke, Stump, and Sun

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