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Continued: Bloomington votes to restore the Old Cedar Avenue bridge

“Our office [has] concluded that the rehabilitation option was both feasible and prudent,” the letter said. “It would not be in the best interest of the public to expend additional resources on further consideration of replacement alternatives.”

A restored bridge would provide a link to the growing network of trails in Hennepin and Dakota counties via a biking and walking platform attached to the Hwy. 77 bridge over the Minnesota River.

The city now will forward its project memorandum to federal authorities and regulators.

If the plan is approved, the city probably would hold a public hearing on the bridge in November or December.

Design work would be done next summer, with bidding in fall 2014 and construction in the winter of 2014-15.

The bridge could be reopened by late summer 2015.

Mary Jane Smetanka • 612-673-7380

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  • The Old Cedar Avenue bridge — closed to vehicle traffic in 1999 and bicyclists and hikers in 2002 — crosses Long Meadow Lake in the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

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