Portion of East River Parkway reopens while slope failure assessment continues

The northbound lane of East River Parkway between Washington Avenue and Arlington Street is re-opening at 4:30 pm today, July 22. The East River Parkway southbound lane and adjacent trail remain closed following a July 17 slope failure along the Mississippi riverbank that sent soil sloughing down the slope towards the river.

 

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s (MPRB) engineering consultant conducted an initial assessment last week and is doing additional soil borings and analysis this week. Public safety remains the MPRB’s primary concern and the MPRB continues to work closely with the consultant, City of Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota. A more permanent solution will be determined after review of the soil borings and further study of the site.

 

Although heavy rainfall is presumed to have had a role in the slope failure, a full and thorough assessment needs to be completed.