New Dinkytown bike highway set to open in June [MAPS]

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Minnesota Daily
Like the Midtown Greenway, the Dinkytown bikeway will run along an old railroad corridor.
Folks looking to bike to and from Dinkytown and downtown will have a new and convenient route at their disposal in just a couple of months.

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That's because work on the "Granary Corridor" two-lane bike highway is set to be completed by the end of June.

The corridor runs below Dinkytown along old railroad tracks with a downtown-connecting pedestrian bridge (Bridge #9) on one end and TCF Bank Stadium on the other.

According to a city document, the city's public works department and a contractor (Veit and Company, Inc.) have already begun construction of the project. If and when winter ends, it won't be long before work is wrapped up.

The total project cost is roughly $2.34 million, with $1.6 million coming from the federal government.

In a Minnesota Daily report, City Council member Cam Gordon said he expects new housing to develop along the corridor.

"It would also, I think, really encourage people ... to not need cars, and the connection would be so fast to get downtown," he said.

The right-of-way being used for the corridor is owned by the Burlington Northern/Santa Fe Railroad but is "U of M property by way of a previously approved long-term license agreement," the city document states.

Here's another look at how the Granary Corridor will fit into the geography of the Dinkytown area:

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City of Minneapolis

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3 comments
Steveo989
Steveo989

Who is this path going to benefit, where I currently reside, I'd still be riding the same streets to get to my classes at and around the U of M. Like said, it's pretty redundant and $2.34 million is a lot to spend on making noncyclists feel comfortable cycling. As long as you ride confidently, the majority of motorists respect the bike lanes, minus the lazy individuals that pickup and drop off there passenger in the lane. I haven't been honked at a single time in 2 years of cycling, whereas in Blaine, Ham Lake, Crystal, New Hope, Wayzata, Plymouth, it's guaranteed I'll be honked at a minimum of once every other ride.
Anyway, point is the lane will only serve a small minority of riders, and those of us that have been cycling and are comfortable with traffic will get very little benefit out of it. As far as noncyclists using it, I doubt the portion of cars taken off the road from the project won't displace $2.34 million worth of wear and tear from the roadways.

Mumblemumble
Mumblemumble

What is this trail supposed to be connecting?? It goes from underused athletic fields in Dinkytown to some other underutilized athletic fields on the West Bank. How does that make downtown more accessible?

jason.dorweiler
jason.dorweiler topcommenter

@Mumblemumble Yeah this is a span of maybe 10 blocks. If you're a good cyclist this wouldn't make a difference. I guess the only way to decide is to ride it.

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