Legislators holding public hearing on new I-35W bridge

Minneapolis legislators Scott Dibble and Frank Hornstein are holding a public hearing at the Central Library Wednesday, Aug. 22, on the new I-35W bridge.

"The Legislature wants to hear from the public on what they would like to see in the new bridge," said Dibble, chair of the Senate Transit Subdivision. "This hearing will help facilitate the necessary dialogue between the public and officials who are guiding the rebuilding process."

At the hearing, Minnesota Department of Transportation officials will brief people on the timeline and process of building the new bridge. City and Hennepin County officials will also be at the hearing to weigh in with visions for the project. Citizens will also be invited to testify at the hearing.

"If this bridge is going to serve our city and region for the next 100 years, we need to be sure it incorporates the visions and needs identified by the people," said Hornstein, chair of the House Transportation Policy and Transit Subcommittee. "I encourage everyone to attend and share your opinions on the new bridge."

The hearing is scheduled for 5:30–9 p.m. in the Pohlad Hall (S-280) at the library, 300 Nicollet Mall.