St Louis Park Embarks on $2.5 Million Construction Project to Make Bridge Safer

July 19, 2018 09:19 AM

Due to safety concerns, the City of St. Louis Park is widening the Wooddale Avenue bridge over Highway 7. 

The $2.5 million project is expected to improve sightlines and make the bridge safer for pedestrians and bicyclists.

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The city said change is needed on the eight-year old bridge because of redevelopment. 

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The project is being paid for through the Elmwood tax increment financing (TIF) district, established for redevelopment projects in the area. The city is able to use some of those TIF funds to pay for infrastructure improvements.

The bridge enhancement project is a result of planned redevelopment in the area; changes in design for vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles in the 10 years since the bridge was built; and the changing timetable for the Southwest LRT.

"The bridge was built to state and federal standards and was signed off by both agencies," St. Louis Park Project Manager Jack Sullivan said. "Our community is evolving. We take a much higher emphasis on our pedestrian and bike facilities within the community."  

The city said there have been nine crashes at the Wooddale Avenue bridge so far this year. In 2017, there were nine accidents the entire year.  

Work on the project is scheduled to start next week and last through November.

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