46th Street bridge to come down
As soon as the Diamond Lake Bridge is rebuilt, Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) workers plan to take down the 46th Street Bridge over I-35W as part of the Crosstown Reconstruction project. The move will happen in early to mid-December, depending on weather and construction schedules, and may require a weekend closure. 46th Street entrance and exit ramps may remain open if the Diamond Lake Bridge ramps are still closed. The 50th Street bridge is expected to reopen in the end of 2008.
On Nov. 28 from 6–8 p.m., MnDOT is holding an open house to provide information about the 46th Street Bridge closure at Field Community School, 4645 4th Ave. S.
Snow Emergency information
It’s getting colder outside and snow is on the way, which means thousands of drivers in Minneapolis will be faced with the challenge of where to put their cars. The city has sent out 175,000 brochures with information about street closures during snow emergencies and what to do if your vehicle gets towed. To find the information online, visit www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/snow.
The Impound Lot in Bryn Mawr has shifted around its hours to make more staff available during the day. It’s now open from 8 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m.–5 p.m. on Sunday. During snow emergencies, the lot is open 24 hours for the first two days following the emergency, closing at 1 a.m. on the third day.
New Midtown Greenway bridge
On Nov. 8, the Midtown Greenway got a little longer with the opening of a new cable-stayed bridge over Hiawatha Avenue and the light rail line in South Minneapolis. The 4,800-foot structure has more than four miles of cable railing reaching toward the sky like long spider legs. It was created with roughly 3,200 tons of concrete and 400,000 pounds of structural steel and rebar. Five and a half miles long, the greenway stretches from France Avenue on the western edge of Minneapolis to the Mississippi River.
City sells five parking ramps
In late October, the city finalized the sale of Centre Village, Downtown East, Seven Corners, Loring and Gateway municipal parking ramps to Alatus Management, LLC for $65 million. As part of the agreement, the company will construct new, (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) LEED-certified developments at or near to at least two of the ramps. They’re considering the possibility of building liner housing around the Loring Ramp; housing, retail or office space at the Downtown East site; and housing adjacent to the Seven Corners ramp.
According to a statement from Mayor R.T. Rybak’s office, "The sales will allow Minneapolis to pay down debt on its parking system and improve the financial picture of the City’s Parking Fund, which is used to fund operation of the municipal ramps, parking lots, parking meters, and impound lot."
The city now has 18 ramps and six lots — more than 25,000 parking spaces — but sales are pending for the Federal Courthouse, St. Anthony, and Riverfront ramps.
Reach Mary O’Regan at [email protected] or 436-5088.