28th Avenue South Bridge over Minnehaha Creek
The existing bridge is a concrete arch bridge that was constructed in 1904. The arch has a clear span of 25 feet and rise of 7 feet. A multiuse Regional Park trail crosses 28th Avenue immediately north of the bridge on a skewed alignment. This trail is a component of the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway which has been nominated for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.
When originally constructed, the bridge had a concrete railing and pedestrians & vehicles shared the roadway (see Figure 1). In the 1920s, sidewalks and metal railings were added. The sidewalks were cantilevered ~ 3.5 feet beyond the bridge spandrel walls. This provided the current ~4.5 foot sidewalks and moved pedestrians away from vehicular traffic (see Figure 2).
The primary purpose of the project is to provide a structurally-sound crossing over Minnehaha Creek for motorized and non-motorized users; and to provide a grade separated Grand Rounds trail crossing under 28th Avenue South for non-motorized users. The bridge will need to be reconstructed in order to accomplish this. The intent is also to continue to provide one vehicular traffic lane in each direction and wider sidewalks. The project will be developed after the community engagement process has been completed.
The bridge is located in the Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park in south Minneapolis. The project limits will extend to include the approach roadways north and south of the bridge.
Construction was initially scheduled to be undertaken in 2017, however, working within the Minnehaha Creek Watershed was required to obtain an Army Corps of Engineers permit. The process of obtaining the permit started in December 2015 and has taken much longer than originally anticipated.
The current schedule is to begin the community engagement process and bridge design in March 2018. Bridge design is expected to be completed the fourth quarter of 2018. Construction is anticipated to begin mid-to-late-Spring 2019 and be complete by Fall 2019.
28th Avenue S traffic will be closed to all traffic modes during construction. Detours will be developed during the design process.
Two community meetings were held in May 2018 to get feedback from the community. Staff attended an October 2018 Standish Erickson Neighborhood Association Board meeting to share proposed railing options.
Railing Options - October 2018
Jack Yuzna, 612-673-2415 or [email protected]
(Note: Project information may change due to scheduling, weather, or other factors outside of our control. Listings will be updated as new information becomes available.) Citizens concerned with pedestrian access during construction should contact the project manager directly.
Last updated Oct 10, 2018