July 12, 2012 by Sarah M
Loring Bikeway bridge closure expected next week
//By Dylan Thomas//
THE WEDGE — Bicyclists who travel between downtown and Southwest via the Loring Bikeway bridge over Lyndale Avenue may encounter detours as a contractor performs sealing work on the bridge surface next week.
The trail will remain open most of the time, although the signs posted along the trail since Monday may give the “false impression” it is already closed to bicycles and pedestrians, said Simon Blenski, a city bike and pedestrian planner.
“We’ve put in a request to the contractor to put in better signage,” Blenski said.
The Loring Bikeway connects the Bryant Avenue Bicycle Boulevard to bicycle and pedestrian trails in Loring Park via the bridge and an off-street trail running parallel to Lyndale Avenue.
City spokesman Matt Lindstrom wrote in an e-mail that crews intend to limit work that might require a full closure of the trail to the hours of 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Crews have been preparing the bridge this week with fresh tar, and may close the bridge for sealing at various points next Monday–Thursday.
During closures, the city’s recommended detour follows Franklin Avenue to Lyndale Avenue, taking cyclists under the Loring Bikeway bridge. Information on bikeway detours can be found online at minneapolismn.gov/bicycles/detours.
Lindstrom wrote that the sealing work “is expected to preserve the trail surface for another 10–12 years.”