MINNEAPOLIS - North and south Minneapolis neighborhoods now have a street that provides a new way for people to get around.
The Van White Boulevard Bridge opened today. The project literally
eliminates the isolation created by Highways 55 and 394 decades ago.
The street spans rail lines and connects Fremont Avenue North with
Named after the first African American to win a seat on the
Minneapolis city council, Van White died in 1993, but his legacy
certainly lives on.
"It's so appropriate the connection between his life and the
connection between the bridge and two communities," explained
Minneapolis city councilmember Don Samuels.
Van White Memorial Boulevard may prove to be one of the most symbolic
stretches of road in the city, at least that's what officials hope.
Until now, there hasn't been a road for people walking. Biking and
for drivers to freely have direct access from the north side of
Minneapolis to the south. The addition of the boulevard and bridge is
just part of a future plan to create greater development in the area.
"The city is looking at some development options through here
specifically on the south side of the railroad tracks and when that
development comes in and traffic demand increases we are set to build
the second half," said contractor Jim Bellefeuille of TKDA.
For now the road is two lanes, one in each direction, but there is already space to add additional lanes if needed.
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