City seeks $200,000 for 3rd Street bike lane

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September 27, 2004 // UPDATED 4:10 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

The Minneapolis Public Works Department needs local dollars to match a $600,000 federal grant for a new bike lane on South 3rd Street between Hennepin and Chicago avenues.

The city needs to find $200,000 locally before it can move forward on the project, said Donald Pflaum, a Public Works transportation engineer.

Pflaum went before the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association (DMNA) on Sept. 14 to see if the neighborhood group would be willing to set aside Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) dollars for the bike lane.

Chairman Tom Hoch said DMNA's board needs to talk about the proposal at another meeting before deciding.

The South 3rd Street bike lane, an east-west route, would replace a bike lane displaced by the new light-rail transit line on South 5th Street.

The proposal also calls for a link between South 3rd and 4th streets near the Metrodome. The Public Works Department is still working out the logistics.

An earlier proposal called for a bike bridge near Chicago Avenue, but that plan has been ditched because it would be too costly, Pflaum said.

If local funding is secured for the bike path, construction would start next year.