Loring-Uptown bike bridge work to start soon

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August 16, 2004 // UPDATED 3:24 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

Construction on a bike bridge linking Loring Park with Uptown is expected to start in September.

For riders headed out of Downtown, the bike bridge would take southbound riders on the Lyndale Avenue path up a ramp just past an elevated I-94 entrance from Hennepin Avenue.

The ramp curls 180 degrees to connect to the new bike bridge, which runs along the Hennepin I-94 entrance, separated from car traffic by a cement wall.

The bridge deposits riders at Bryant Avenue South, where they can continue to Uptown or other points south.

The bridge allows riders to bypass the busy Lyndale-Franklin intersection and I-94's Lyndale entrance.

City Communication Specialist Sara Dietrich said the project's goal is "to provide bicyclists a good bike route to safely take them from Loring Park and Downtown to Uptown, Lyn-Lake, the Greenway and the lakes -- and away from some heavy auto traffic," Dietrich said.

Under current design, two whimsical wavy-patterned orange panels flank the bridge.

The city is in the process of selecting a construction contractor for the $1.3 million project, Dietrich said. Most of the funding is from a federal grant.