As construction continues on the access to and from the new Peggy Prowe Pedestrian Bridge (AKA DNR Bridge #66549) for the Mill Towns Trail in Northfield, it’s not clear where the trail will go as it enters downtown Northfield. And then what? It’ll be years before there’s a connection to the Cannon Valley Trail in Cannon Falls, so it would seem that getting bikers into downtown at the Riverwalk / Sesquicentennial Legacy Plaza would be ideal. But how? (continued)
It should be quite a show on Monday when the Mill Towns Trail bridge gets put in place over the Cannon. The two cranes on the east side of the river will lift the two sections (now welded together) while the crane on the west side will lift a single section. What happens then? Steelworkers climb out and bolt them together with some of those infamous gusset plates, I’m guessing. Piece o’ cake. What could happen?
Three trucks delivered the bridge girders for the Mill Towns Trail bridge over the Cannon River this morning. They’ll be put in place next week. (A tip-of-the-blogger hat to John Thomas for alerting me.)
I last blogged photos of the construction in February. In the message thread attached to that post, I linked to the Northfield News editorial which highlighted problems with the portion of the trail that will connect the bridge to 5th St. and Water St. Have these issues been resolved? (I’ve closed comments here. Continue discussion there.)
Ed Lufkin, an increasingly active blogger for 3 Northfield area organizations, posted to the Rotary’s blog last week a photo of Jesse James Bike Tour (JJBT) chair Neil Lutsky presenting a check for $20,000 to Peggy Prowe of the Mill Towns Trail. Today I noticed that construction on the bridge has visibly progressed. The bridge was supposed to have been constructed last year. (continued)