Bloomington yesterday: Old Cedar Avenue bridge

The bridge at the endpoint of Old Cedar Avenue South of Bloomington has come to be known by more than one name. The Old Cedar Avenue bridge is also called the Long Meadow Lake bridge. Sometimes, the name is incorrectly shortened to the Cedar Avenue bridge (really the name of the bridge at Highway 77, constructed in 1980, just downstream and to the east.)

Confused? Let history be your guide. After the demolition of a circa-1890s wooden bridge, Hennepin County constructed a metal bridge over Long Meadow Lake in 1920. It carried vehicle traffic from Old Cedar Avenue South for 73 years. In 2002, it was closed to all pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

After extensive renovation, in November 2018, the Old Cedar Avenue bridge reopened for bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Today, it serves as a recreational link across Long Meadow Lake. Other enhancements include an expanded parking lot and restrooms.

With the newly renovated bridge and updated amenities, there’s much to celebrate. Save the date for the Old Cedar Avenue Area celebration planned for Saturday, June 6.