I35 W Bridge Reconstruction Open House

This is a cut and paste from the STRIB story in the link below. It is a great opportunity to show support for a paved bicycle connector to get folks from the Bloomington side of the Minnesota River to the existing already paid for paved trail on the Burnsville side…making the proposed paved trail on the Bloomington side completely redundant….and therefore an even greater waste of tax payer dollars.

Note that part of the construction plan involves moving the existing roadway OUT OF THE FLOOD PLAIN. MNDOT logic makes much more sense than MNDNR logic of wanting to add expensive infrastructure in a flood plain,

Please attend if you are able.


“A public open house will be held Jan. 11 in Bloomington on state and federal plans to rebuild the Interstate 35W bridge over the Minnesota River linking Bloomington and Burnsville.

The open house, which will focus on the project’s environmental assessment, will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Oak Grove Middle School, 1300 W. 106th St. Staffers and engineers from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will be on hand to answer questions, and members of the public may leave comments on the project for the public record.

MnDOT is planning to reconstruct the bridge and parts of I-35W starting in 2018. The project will rebuild the freeway stretch from Cliff Road in Burnsville to 106th Street in Bloomington, raise the road out of the flood plain, add another northbound lane and install a pedestrian and bike trail over the river. Work is expected to be completed in fall 2020.

MnDOT and the Federal Highway Administration will use feedback from the open house to decide whether environmental impacts will be significant enough to warrant completion of an environmental-impact statement.

A paper copy of the environmental assessment will be available for review at Bloomington’s engineering office, 1700 W. 98th St. Comments may be made through Jan. 25.”