Minneapolis opened partial access to Bridge 9 (also known as the Dinkytown Bicycle Connection) for pedestrians and bicycles last Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007, in order to give people a chance to pay their respects to the victims of the Interstate 35W Bridge collapse. Minneapolis opened partial access to Bridge 9 (also known as the Dinkytown Bicycle Connection) for pedestrians and bicycles last Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007, in order to give people a chance to pay their respects to the victims of the Interstate 35W Bridge collapse.
All known victims have now been recovered from the collapse site.
Many people may be interested in visiting the bridge, but City asks the public to be sensitive to the fact that this bridge is located in a residential area, and to minimize disruptions as much as possible.
Access to Bridge 9 is opened only on the West Bank end. The bridge is not accessible from the East Bank due to University of Minnesota construction, and no through traffic is allowed. Minneapolis Police monitor the area and may limit access to the bridge to ensure safety, depending on the number of people at the site at a given time.
The West Bank access to the bridge is located in a residential area and only resident parking is permitted on the streets.
The City encourages anyone who wants to access the bridge to use public transit, walk, or bike if possible. The nearest public parking is in the Seven Corners Municipal Parking Ramp on Washington Avenue. Note that the bridge is several blocks from any available parking, so folks should be prepared to walk or bike that distance.
Although only one end of the bridge is accessible at this point, Minneapolis is working to ensure that both ends are open to through traffic when classes begin at the University of Minnesota in early September.
Some road closures are still in effect in the area, including the 10th Avenue Bridge. For more information on road closures and detours around the collapse area, visit http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/traffic/.