BR133 Cedar Lake Road Bridge over BNSF Railroad

Project Details:

Project Start Date: 4/15/2023

Ongoing Program: Y/N

Submitting Department: Public Works

Contact Person: Ole Mersinger

Level of Need: Significant

Estimated Project Completion Date: 11/30/2023

Department Priority: 30 of 62

Contact Phone Number: (612) 673-3527

Website: TBD

Project Location:

Address: Cedar Lake Road

City Sector: North

Affected Neighborhoods: Bryn-Mawr, Harrison

Affected Wards: 5,7

Morgan Ave S to Chestnut Ave W

Project Description:

This project proposes to replace Cedar Lake Road Bridge (MSA route 406) which cross the BNSF railroad tracks

Purpose and Justification:

The bridge over the BNSF railroad is a seven span timber beam bridge that was built in 1941. The bridge is 142 feet long and 51 feet wide. The bridge has a sufficiency rating of 65.1. This bridge is owned by the BNSF railroad. The City is responsible for bridge maintenance under an existing maintenance agreement with BNSF. A Bridge condition rating is in the process of replacing the Sufficiency Rating with National Bridge Inventory (NBI). This new rating separately rates bridge deck, superstructure, and substructure conditions, on a 0 to 9 scale, with 0 to 4 being “poor,” 5 to 6 being “fair,” and 7-9 being “good.”

The Cedar Lake Bridge over BNSF rates “Fair”, this structure has a timber piling which requires a major maintenance to extend the life of the Bride and it is prudent to replace the whole structure and able to accommodate potential non-motorized use.

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Project Cost Breakdown

Department Funding Request


Have Grants for this Project been secured? No

If yes, please include grant source and amount

Describe status and timing details of secured or applied for grants or other non-City funding sources:

Include details here.

Describe any collaborative arrangements with outside project partners, including who they are and what their role is with the project:

Project Partners include BNSF Railway (owner ofthe bridge), CR Rail who operates underneath another bridge, and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board who owns and maintains a recreational trail. Bassett Creek Watershed District is another Project Partner as is Minnesota Department of Transportation.


State Law Chapter 462.356 (Subd. 2) requires review of all capital improvements for compliance with the comprehensive municipal plan. Chapter 13, Section 4 of the City Charter requires Location and Design Review for the purpose of approving the sale of bonds for these projects.

Transportation: Minneapolis will build, maintain and enhance access to multi-modal transportation options for residents and businesses through a balanced system of transportation modes that supports the City’s land use vision, reduces adverse transportation impacts, decreases the overall dependency on automobiles, and reflects the city’s pivotal role as the center of the regional transportation network. This project is consistent with planning and policy guidelines set forth in the City’s comprehensive plan Minneapolis 2040.

Provide the date that Location and Design Review was conducted for the project, the outcome of that analysis and the date formal action was taken by the Planning Commission:

Location and Design Review has not yet been completed for this project.

Location and Design Review has not yet been completed for this project.

Will the project contribute to growth in the city’s tax base? Include detail here.

Describe the economic development impact of the project:

Not Applicable

Does the project support redevelopment opportunity that without the project would be infeasible?

Not Applicable


Is the proposed project on an existing or planned transitway, transit route, or high-volume pedestrian corridor? If yes, provide details on how the project will improve the transit and/or pedestrian experience.

Cedar Lake Road is not served by Metro Transit.

Does the proposed project anticipate multi-modal enhancements (sidewalks, bicycle or transit facilities)? Provide details.

The bridge currently accommodates all modes of travel (bicycle, pedestrian and vehicular). Sidewalks and bike lanes will be expanded to the amount practical without modifying the substructure.

Is the right-of-way constrained and do you anticipate that modes of travel will be competing for space? Provide details, is there potential for innovative design options? Provide details

Temporary right-of-way may be necessary for construction. The project will accommodate all modes of travel upon the bridge.

Operating Impacts

Operations & Capital Asset Maintenance:

Is this request for new or existing infrastructure? Existing

What is the expected useful life of the project/Improvement? 35 Years

Year that Operating Incr/(Decr) will take effect? 2025

What is the estimated annual operating cost increase or (decrease) for this project? ($1,500)

Any Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations? No

Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations: Not Applicable

Describe how operating cost increases or decreases were determined and include details such as personnel costs, materials, contracts, energy savings, etc:

There is no net change in the annual operating budget, Public Works will reallocate those dollars to aging infrastructure elsewhere in the system.

The operating cost impacts were determined based on the average maintenance cost of the last three years.

If new infrastructure, discuss how the department/agency will pay for the increased annual operating costs:

Not applicable, this is construction to extend the lifespan of existing infrastructure.

For new infrastructure, describe the estimated timing and dollar amount of future capital investment required to realize the full expected useful life of the project:

Not Applicable

Project Coordination

Describe completion status for ongoing projects and how and when the department/agency plans to use the prior year remaining bond authorizations:

Not Applicable

If this is a new project, describe the major project phases and timing anticipated for completing the project:

Not Applicable

Scalability/Funding Allocation Flexibility – discuss any flexibility to increase or decrease funding among the years in the five-year plan and the most that could be spent in a given year:

There is flexibility when the project can be completed. Due to efficiencies in construction and minimizing impacts to residents, it is most prudent to fund the project so both bridges can be completed concurrently.

Minneapolis Goals and Strategic Direction

Minneapolis is a growing and vibrant world-class city with a flourishing economy and a pristine environment, where all people are safe, healthy and have equitable opportunities for success and happiness.Below is a description of how this project meets each of the City's Goals. Below is a description of how this project meets each of the City's Goals.

Below is a description of how this project meets each of the City's Goals.

Public Safety

Collaborative and community-inclusive strategies to ensure safety for all members of our community:

Increase accessibility of public infrastructure and public amenities.

Use design principles that ensure a safe and welcoming environment when designing all projects that impact the public realm.

Prioritize safety investments in line with the Complete Streets Policy.

Improve safety for pedestrians, and prioritize pedestrians over other road users, especially at street intersections; focus on signals, crosswalks, lighting, signage, visibility and lowering vehicular speeds through street design and other measures.

Public Health

The City has declared racism a public health emergency, noting that “racism in all its forms causes persistent discrimination and disparate outcomes in many areas of life”. Public Works recognizes the impact of racism in transportation systems and this program/project seeks to promote transportation equity and justice in accordance with the goals of the Strategic & Racial Equity Action Plan 2019-2022 by providing equitable access to multimodal transportation in all parts of the City through thoughtful planning and design.

Environmental Justice:

The City prioritizes sustainable practices and renewable resources to equitably address climate change while restoring and protecting our soil, water and air.

Reduce the energy, carbon, and health impacts of transportation through reduced single-occupancy vehicle trips and phasing out of fossil fuel vehicles.

Plan, design, build, maintain, and operate the city’s transportation system in a way that prioritizes pedestrians first, followed by bicycling and transit use, and lastly motor vehicle use. (Complete Streets Policy. Adopted May 2016.)

Improve the pedestrian environment in order to encourage walking and the use of mobility aids as a mode of transportation.

Improve and expand bicycle facilities in order to encourage bicycling as a mode of transportation.

Improve access to goods and services via walking, biking and transit.

Support development and public realm improvements near existing and planned METRO stations that result in walkable districts for living, working, shopping, and recreating.

Proactively improve the public realm to support a pedestrian friendly, high-quality and distinctive built environment.

Improve the tree canopy and urban forest.

Improve air quality by reducing emissions of pollutants that harm human health and the environment.

Minneapolis has also declared a climate emergency that demands a massive-scale mobilization to halt, reverse and address the consequences and causes of climate change. Through the Transportation Action Plan, Public Works has stated its intention to drastically reduce the transportation sector’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, and this program/project aims to develop networks that will bring a climate-forward transportation system for the people of Minneapolis.

Built Environment & Transportation:

The City prioritizes high quality neighborhoods, streets, infrastructure and equitable access to multimodal transportation in all parts of the City through thoughtful planning and design.

The City of Minneapolis will promote design for the built environment that is dynamic and durable, reflects the diversity of Minneapolis residents, and contributes to a sense of place and community identity. The City will also proactively improve the public realm, including streets, sidewalks, parks and open spaces between buildings, to ensure that public spaces and private development are thoughtfully connected.

Achieving this goal also requires changes to the transportation system that make it easier to walk, bike or use transit to access daily needs. The City will proactively improve the pedestrian environment and continue to build and maintain a network of bikeways, while working with Metro Transit to increase the frequency, speed and reliability of the public transit system.

Additional Information

Add any additional information you feel is important for the CLIC committee, Mayor, City Council members or the general public to know about this potential project and why it should be approved:

The design features of the reconstruction will combine a collaborative effort from the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota Department of Transportation, CPED, Park Board and BNSF.