Bike-Pedestrian Bridge Construction Underway
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
The construction of a new bridge for walkers and bicyclists connecting the Old West Main Street business district and the future Upper Harbor recreation area is underway. The Bike-Pedestrian Bridge will serve as an accessible and safe way for people of all ages and abilities to travel between Bay Point Park and Old West Main Street business district.
A Masterpiece in the Making
The proposed bike-pedestrian bridge construction was approved for commencement at the December 2020 City Council meeting shortly after the City Council awarded a contract to Kraemer North American, LLC for the project.
The project, which has been in the making since March of 2015, when the Red Wing City Council adopted the “Renewing Old West Main Street Master Plan”, will serve as a scenic, useful and beneficial connection between the Upper Harbor/Bay Point Park over the railroad tracks to Old West Main.
The Benefits of the Bike-Pedestrian Bridge
The Bike-Pedestrian Bridge will increase foot traffic safety and handicap accessibility. It will provide a new route for those who currently travel by foot between the riverfront and Old West Main Street along the Jackson Street narrow sidewalks. It will also keep pedestrians away from the dangerous railroad area and make travel with wheelchairs and strollers easier.
Planned entrance points for the bridge will be: 1) between Kelly’s and Bayside Tap House and 2) from a new sidewalk that connects to the current trail system at Bay Point Park and Levee Road.
The Bike-Pedestrian Bridge benefits Red Wing as a whole. It makes it easier for pedestrians to access local businesses, improving overall business profits. It encourages recreational activity and better health choices. It provides a tourist-friendly and direct route for those who are unfamiliar with the area, and it opens the door for potential housing developments with high walk scores nearby.
As COVID-19 case numbers continue to diminish, more tourists will frequent Red Wing’s beautiful streets and riverfront. Investing in the renewal and betterment of Red Wing’s parks and trail systems will not only encourage a welcoming atmosphere, but it will also benefit the pockets and lifestyles of residents and small business owners.
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