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Twin Cities Riders: Old Cedar Bridge Closed(13 posts)

Twin Cities Riders: Old Cedar Bridge ClosedScot_Gore
Jan 21, 2003 8:30 AM
I hadn't heard this so in case you didn't either, the Old Cedar Bridge was condemmed and closed December 6th.

Here's a Sunday Star/Trib article.
http://www.startribune.com/stories/462/3599766.html

Puts a big hole in many of my routes. :(

Belows a pic from a fall ride.

Scot
boooctisevn
Jan 21, 2003 9:20 AM
thats sad to see. I used to ride that every single day from burnsville into bloomington when I lived in the twin cities. that was the best part of my commute. Id see deer frequently, always hoped Id see the mountain lion they claim lives down there but never did. The oddest memory I have from those days was seeing a group of 5 women dressed as witches sitting in a circle on the south end of the bridge(right about where your bike is leaning) one autumn night. those were good times. great rides. Youd have to cross at the bridge by the river bottoms to get across now I guess. sad day for commuters.
sorry to be the bearer of bad news (see link inside)Scot_Gore
Jan 21, 2003 9:27 AM
http://www.twincities.com/mld/pioneerpress/3374169.htm
cops...ctisevn
Jan 21, 2003 9:41 AM
that sucks as well. I feel melancholy. Maybe an extra long afternoon ride today.
That mountain lion did exist!Geardaddy
Jan 21, 2003 11:23 AM
The mountain lion that you speak of was captured on film by a trip camera setup next to a deer kill. This last summer it was lurking near one of the parks adjoining the river in bloomington. They shot it dead when it refused to back down.

Anyway, as a Bloomington resident I'm feeling more "land-locked" all the time. At a city council meeting last year I was clued into the plans to completely redo the E. Bush Lake Rd. interchange at 494, and it won't be very bike friendly I think. So, now I won't be able to cross the river to the south for a 10 mile stretch, and I won't have a good way to cross 494 to the north for 10 miles. Great, huh! (Minneapolis/St. Paul becoming more like Chicago every day. Grrr.)
DNR thinks there's more than one Mountain LionScot_Gore
Jan 21, 2003 3:51 PM
The one the Bloomington police shot was smallist, believed to have recently escaped for captivity and starving. The one captured on film was large, healthy, and fending for itself in the wild.

So there's still hope for a little wildness in our sleepy suburb.

I'm also a Bloomington resident. Are the plans for the E. Bush Lake crossing north of the ski hill or the W. Bush Lake Crossing (the one with no ramps) ?

Scot
Road Construction PlansGeardaddy
Jan 22, 2003 7:28 AM
They want to change the E. Bush Lake overpass (near ski jump) to a full interchange, with no less than 3 traffic lights put in. I think they are trying to address increased traffic to the expanding office park area next to Normandale Lake. Also, they want to get some people away from Hwy 100 so that they can more directly get into Bloomington via E. Bush Lake Rd. The commercial areas on the Edina side of 494 would be offloaded from some congestion too.

I don't quite agree with what they're doing, and it's not just because it's going to wreck one of the best north-south paths between Bloomington and Edina. Mostly, I don't understand why they want to encourage more traffic to take E. Bush Lake Rd. in Bloomington. I think it will just promote more "shortcutting" by frustrated drivers.
Road Construction PlansScot_Gore
Jan 22, 2003 8:56 AM
From the little bit I've followed it in the city paper, it sounds like theirs a real split amongst the planners, developers, and council regarding the whole Normandale-494 area.

I know the city planners have been trying to build a non-freeway east/west express route from the Mall to East Bush Lake. They have plans to bridge 35 at the transit station (80th street ?). Their vision is a matching southside corridor like 76th street is in Richfield and Edina. This would use bridge road and run traffic just north of the big office towers by Normandale lake. A full interchange at E. Bush would support that idea.

There's also a movement (developer driven I think) to bridge 84th street at Normandale and replace the old Savage bridge across the river. Many on council are blocking that because they don't want to turn Normandale into a south of the river commuter path. I live 100 yards off Normandale so I'm selfsihly with em on that one.

Scot
This really sucksvelocity
Jan 21, 2003 9:44 AM
Have never lived in the Twin Cities area but sympathize. Closing it in December is kind of like sneaking away in the dead of night. It's really pathetic the bridge is condemned before the implementation of a solution is in place. I hope one of the potential solutions mentioned in the article comes to fruition.
Lots of politicsScot_Gore
Jan 21, 2003 10:02 AM
If you lived here you can even read it between the lines in the article.

The bridge crossing sits just about square in the middle of a 18 mile mountain bike trail that runs along the north side of the river.

The DNR wants to pave it. The cycling advocacy groups in town have been fighting the paving of the trail. The groups are cyclists both road and mountain. Sounds to me like the DNR is going to use the bridge that roadies like, as a lever against the MTBers as a way to try to split the opposition.

All just my opinion.

Scot
re: Twin Cities Riders: Old Cedar Bridge ClosedPMC
Jan 21, 2003 11:46 AM
I came across the closure on December 28th while out for a ride.

Living only a mile or so west of that crossing for the past six years has been wonderful. It was my gateway to south of the river riding and I used it almost daily in season.

I expect to see a lot of traffic on the 494 crossing starting this spring.
That's 4 Bloomington MN posters...WowScot_Gore
Jan 21, 2003 5:50 PM
Geardaddy, PMC, Aliensporebomb, and me. All Bloomington residents. I had no idea that so many were so close.

Scot
Hey Scot!bnlkid
Jan 22, 2003 6:44 AM
I'm glad you found this. I was out riding two weeks ago and thought about taking that route. It's a good thing I didn't. I would have been miffed if I had to turn around and retrace my route.(I prefer to ride in loops rather than out and backs).