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After land slide, portion of West River Parkway remains closed

Posted by: Alejandra Matos under Parks and recreation Updated: July 9, 2014 - 5:31 PM

A portion of West River Parkway that was closed three weeks ago due to a massive land slide looks like it will be shut down indefinitely.

Heavy rains caused the slope above the parkway to collapse on June 19.

The parkway will remain closed between 4th Street and the Franklin Avenue Bridge while the Minneapolis Park Board, Fairview Hospital and engineers conduct soil testing to determine the stability of the slope. The closures include pedestrian and bike trails.

"Patron safety is the Park Board’s primary concern. Until soil samples are taken and analyzed and the area is determined to be safe, West River Parkway will remain closed," the park board said.

After difficulty getting testing equipment to the site, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board said soil testing began Wednesday.

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