Plan for new NE bike path moving ahead

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January 18, 2013
By: Ben Johnson
Ben Johnson

The Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board (MPRB) is moving closer to building a bike path that follows Ridgway Parkway from Stinson Blvd to St. Anthony Blvd.

The proposed connection is the first of many parts in an ambitious plan to complete the three-mile gap in the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway that exists north of Interstate 94 and east of the Mississippi River.

Andrew Caddock, a project manager with the MPRB, presented the latest schematics for the Ridgway Parkway connection on Jan. 15 at a Windom Park Citizens in Action (WPCiA) meeting. He will present them again to the St. Anthony Village City Council in February.

Under the current design, the path would connect to Stinson and the Diagonal Trail at its western terminal. It would follow the south side of Ridgway for most of the way, crossing over to the north side approximately 500 feet from St. Anthony Blvd. In the future the MPRB hopes to continue the path along St. Anthony past the Gross Golf Course and reconnect it to the Diagonal Trail by New Brighton Blvd.

About halfway down Ridgway, across from Hillside Cemetery a scenic overlook is planned. There are three similar plans being evaluated for the overlook. They all have a large green space surrounded by an access road with parking spots. Large cascading steps people can sit on will also most likely be part of the overlook, which faces the Minneapolis skyline.

The project is being funded by dedicated federal grant money. After hearing from the community the MPRB hopes to have a final plan ready for approval in May, and begin construction sometime in 2014.