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Replacement of West River Parkway Wood Plank Trail begins September 29

Via a September 27 e-newsletter from the Minneapolis Park and Rec Board:

100-foot section of wood plank trail will be replaced over 2-3 weeks; parkway remains open

Work begins next week on a project that will replace an approximately 100-foot long section of the West River Parkway Wood Plank Trail. Construction is expected to take two to three weeks to complete.

Closures and Detours

  • During construction, the north (river) side of West River Parkway Trail will be closed between Portland Avenue and 11th Avenue South. The parkway will remain open.
  • Pedestrians will use a detour to the sidewalk across the parkway. 
  • Bicyclists may choose to use the parkway or travel south one block and use the bike lane on Second Street.
  • Motorists traveling in this area need to use caution and share the road with bicycle traffic.

Project Details

  • Beginning at Portland Avenue, approximately 100 linear feet of planks will be replaced.
  • The new planks are made from Douglas Fir, replacing the old White Oak planks.
  • Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board maintenance and planning staff will evaluate the new plank design before replacing the entire plank trail, which will occur as funding becomes available.

Project History

  • In 2003 this section of West River Parkway (between Portland and 11th Aves.) was converted to an oak plank road similar to the original plank road used during the area's milling heyday. 
  • In 2010 the parkway planks were replaced by concrete due to deterioration of the wood and noise the planks created under the weight of motorized traffic.
In 2015 some of the most-deteriorated trail planks were replaced as part of a project that repaved and realigned more than three miles of West River Parkway Trail.

About this project

The West River Parkway Wood Plank Trail Replacement project will eventually replace all of the warped wooden planks on West River Parkway Trail near Mill Ruins Park.

Project Contact:
Julie Roessler
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
Phone: 612-230-6463

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