The West River/James I. Rice Parkway Trail Improvement project has been bid; three were received. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) are in the process of evaluating the apparent low bid. If the bid meets all requirements, construction is expected to begin sometime in September 2014. Projected completion is in the summer of 2015. Construction will begin at the south end of the project area at Franklin Avenue. Trail detours will be posted and the construction schedule will be updated regularly on the project web page or by going to www.minneapolisparks.org/currentprojects, and selecting West River/James I. Rice Parkway Trail Improvements.
As the construction drawings were developed and the concept for the trails was brought into line with the budget available, some adjustments to the concept plan were made and some items identified by the Community Advisory Committee as lower priority project components were eliminated.
James I. Rice Parkway Trail:
West River Parkway Trail:
Across from Riverside Park and south of the mudslide area, in a narrow strip of parkland between the existing paths and the river wall, the MPRB would have liked to install a retaining wall with safety fence to support the new combined path and the required safety zones. However, the estimate for the wall did not fit within the allotted funding. The solution was to construct a 2:1 slope with a safety fence. To construct the slope, all vegetation and trees will be cleared. The new slope will be seeded to native grasses and wildflowers, but, given the limited access for equipment, maintenance staff will not be able to mow the slope and will have to use other measures to maintain the area.
Due to budget constraints, all tree planting for the project between Portland and Franklin Avenues was eliminated. The MPRB will work with MPRB’s Forestry department and local not-for-profits to seek additional funds for tree planting.
The improvements to the Franklin Avenue intersection with West River Parkway were eliminated from the project scope due to budget constraints.
Please contact Deb Bartels, MPRB Planning Project Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (612) 230-6438 with any questions.