Spring 2019 Project Update

The Boom Island-Nicollet Island Bridge reopened last November after an extensive repair project revitalized the 118-year-old structure.

Beginning next week (the week of April 8, 2019) workers will be onsite to perform remaining work not completed in 2018. This includes site grading and turf establishment, concrete abutment work, paint touch-ups, and electrical work.

The follow-up work is not anticipated to close the bridge, but please use caution around construction areas.

A Grand Opening Celebration is scheduled this year and details will be publicized soon.

About the Boom Island-Nicollet Island Bridge

The current trail connection between Boom Island Park and Nicollet Island was originally built in 1901 as a railroad bridge. In the 1970s, the rail yard it served was cleared and the bridge was given to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, which converted it to a pedestrian and bicycle bridge in the 1980s.

In late 2013, the bridge was closed to emergency and maintenance vehicles after significant deterioration was discovered during an inspection. Emergency repairs were completed in July 2015 and permanent repairs were performed May-November 2018.

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