Lyndale Avenue Bridge prep work begins
Contractors will begin removing trees and other heavy vegetation located adjacent to the Lyndale Avenue Bridge over Minnehaha Creek on Monday, Nov. 7. The clearing is taking place so the existing bridge can be photographed for historic preservation purposes.
Temporary lane closures will be required during the clearing operations, so residents should plan ahead if they will be moving through the area. The removal crew will be using chain saws to cut the trees down. The trees will then be loaded onto trucks and hauled away from the site.
No other work on the Lyndale Avenue Bridge will be completed this year. The bridge will close to traffic in February 2012, and is scheduled to reopen by the end of 2012. In spring 2012, crews will remove the current bridge structure and begin constructing the new bridge, and an archaeologist will watch the excavation operations on the north side of Minnehaha Creek, looking for any signs of a mill that was formerly located in the area.