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2009 Environmental Excellence Awards

For Excellence in Nonmotorized Transportation: Midtown Greenway and Bridge

Agencies Awarded

Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT)

Hennepin County Community Works

URS Corporation

The Midtown Greenway and Bridge project transformed the Midtown railroad corridor into a safe, fast, and barrier-free trail system for commuting and recreation while preserving necessary space for possible future coexistence with a light-rail transit system. Successful completion of the Greenway corridor required innovative design elements to improve mobility, safety, and access for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users. During the projectplanning process, stakeholders wanted to create an aesthetic signature community gateway. The 215-foot cable-stayed bridge was designed for the gateway, which fits within the available right of way and is used by 3,000 bicyclists and pedestrians on a daily basis for commuting and recreation. This much-needed Midtown Greenway Trail and gateway bridge represent a significant and successful local, State, and Federal investment in alternatives that encourage sustainable transportation.

Project Contributors:

Scott McBride
Hennepin County Community Works
Dean Michalko
URS Corporation
Greg Brown

Photo of station at Minnesota's Midtown Greenway and Bridge project. Second photo shows aerial view of project.

Updated: 10/25/2012
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