Plank Road’s namesake boards will be pulled this fall and replaced with concrete to improve safety and durability along the one-block section of West River Parkway near Mill City Museum.
The wood-beam stretch, built in 2003 as part of the Mill Ruins Park development, was shut down in October after just six years of use because vibrations from vehicle traffic caused wood to shift and warp and bolts to jut out. Maintenance crews made regular trips to the road and numerous accidents were reported there while it was open.
So, after months of closure, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board at its Aug. 4 meeting voted to approve a $189,600 contract with St. Paul-based LS Black Constructors to rebuild the road with concrete. Work is scheduled to begin by the end of August and wrap up by the end of October.
“Reconstructing the roadway was a priority for the MPRB and we’re pleased to have acquired the funding,” said Park Board Commissioner Scott Vreeland (District 3) in a prepared statement. “We’ve met with the local resident associations and they look forward to it being open once again.”