To address the deteriorating condition of the bridge structures across the Minnesota River, a project to reconstruct the I-35W bridge between West 106th Street in Bloomington and Cliff Road in Burnsville began nearly three years ago. The work included reconstruction of the I-35W bridge, new pavement from Cliff Road to 106th Street and a pedestrian and bike trail on the east side of the river bridge. On October 30, public officials gathered to celebrate the completion of the I-35W Minnesota River bridge project.
“I think, it brings up that real notion of connections—building bridges as opposed to building walls. We like to connect with our neighbors in Burnsville, we connect with our neighbors in Eagan,” Mayor Tim Busse said. “We are just so fortunate to have such good and supportive neighbors. Our neighbors really make it a group effort whenever we take on a project of this scale. It’s always very successful and very appreciated.”
MnDOT and the City worked together on separate undertakings to improve traffic flow and promote safety for motorists, pedestrians, bikers and other users.
“During the pandemic, we saw a huge increase in bike traffic. To be able to make that connection is just a really important piece of that infrastructure for people as they get out and enjoy nature and exercise,” Mayor Busse said.