October 9, 2012 by Sarah M
By Nick Halter
The Lyndale Avenue bridge over Minnehaha Creek will re-open on Monday, marking the end of four years worth of construction on the street between 31st and 56th in Southwest Minneapolis.
The project, a joint effort between the city, Hennepin County and local businesses, began in 2008 and has been completed in phases over the years. This year, crews re-built the Lyndale Avenue bridge over Minnehaha Creek and reconstructed the road to 56th Street.
The bridge was closed early this year. It had been deemed structurally deficient. The county said debris would fall from the structure to the parkland below.
Lyndale Avenue now looks a lot different than in 2008. Once a four-lane roadway, it has been reduced to one lane in each direction. That has made more space for center medians with trees and wider sidewalks (from 14 feet to 17 feet).
“In 1997, residents from the 10 neighborhoods along this corridor developed a vision for a 21st century Lyndale Avenue that connected the neighborhoods, was safe for pedestrians and vehicles, and restored the grandeur of the avenue. Completion of this project is the realization of their vision,” Hennepin County Commissioner Gail Dorfman said in a press release. “Lyndale Avenue is now not just a transportation corridor, but a destination.”
Area businesses are holding a celebration of the opening from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20. “Experience 54th and Lyndale” will include contests, food, a treasure hunt, kids activities, a historic walking tour and more. For more information, visit lyndaleconstruction.com.
A ribbon cutting is scheduled for 1 p.m. Oct. 15 outside the main entrance of the Washburn Library, 5244 Lyndale Ave. S.