Ward 1 July Newsletter

Ward 1 News from Minneapolis Council Member Kevin Reich
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July 2017

CONTACT INFORMATION

Kevin Reich
350 S. 5th St.
City Hall, Room 307
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: 612-673-2201

Email:
kevin.reich@minneapolismn.gov

Neighborhoods

Audubon Park
Columbia Park
Como
Holland
Logan Park
Marshall Terrace
Mid-City Industrial
Northeast Park
Waite Park
Windom Park

City of Lakes

Council Member's Message

We’ve all heard the old joke that Minnesota has two seasons: winter and road construction. That might not seem so funny this year as we negotiate detours, street reconstruction projects, and sewer and utility work all across the city. Despite the short term pain, however, we as a community stand to gain much in terms of long term benefit from the key investments we’re making in our city infrastructure this summer.

In addition to major work being done on Washington Avenue, Nicollet Mall and the Lowry Avenue Tunnel, Ward 1 has a number of construction projects in process. I fought hard to get 18th Avenue NE from Johnson to Lowry included in the City’s capital improvement plan. When work is completed at the end of this season, this gateway street will include a new road surface, curb and gutter, boulevards and a separated pedestrian/bicycle path, offering a significantly improved and more accessible transit experience for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers.

Other projects currently progressing in Ward 1 include the Waite Park Concrete Streets Rehab and the Northtown Bridge. The concrete streets are a legacy from the 1960s, when they represented a new and much more long lasting option than asphalt. Now, newly developed rehabilitation techniques are allowing us to upgrade and preserve them.  Meanwhile the Northtown Bridge project is nearing completion. Click HERE to visit the project website, which features a live webcam so you can follow the process.  All of these projects have additional benefits as well in that they allow us the opportunity to upgrade sewer and utility infrastructure in a cost-effective manner.

No one can deny that construction is frustrating, but it's always good to remember that they also represent our budget in action and that these are investments for the long term.

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