Pedestrian bridge repair set to begin

Repairs of the long-shuttered Bryant Avenue Bridge are about to begin.

Starting tomorrow, the pathways along Minnehaha Creek between Dupont and Aldrich avenues will be closed. They’ll stay that way until the rehabilitation project has been completed, likely this fall.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is recommending pedestrians use the sidewalks along Minnehaha Parkway and bicyclists the parkway itself.

The popular 230-foot pedestrian bridge was sealed off in April 2008 because of stability concerns. At the time, the Park Board considered options that included removing or replacing the bridge, but neighbors preferred retaining and repairing the eight decades-old structure.

Construction Results Corp. will perform the rehabilitation for about $400,000.