A repaired slope along West River Parkway. Photo courtesy of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

A repaired slope along West River Parkway. Photo courtesy of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

West River Parkway is open

Updated: September 6, 2016 - 11:48 am

A blocked segment of West River Parkway reopened this month after mudslides closed the busy thoroughfare near the University of Minnesota for more than two years.

Torrential rains during a June 2014 storm caused a mudslide that blocked part of the road below the University of Minnesota Medical Center with 4,000 cubic yards of mud and debris.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s repair work on the pass began last July, but has been slow going with frequent slope failures. Making things worse were several Fairview Health Services buildings sitting near the cliff that are critical for hospital operations. Hennepin County also needed to keep a section of West River Parkway closed to reconstruct the Franklin Avenue Bridge.

After 26 months the stretch between 4th Street South and 24th Street East reopened Sept. 1.