Publish date:

Edina backs off from plan for a land bridge over Hwy. 100 – for now

The suburb was trying to solve the problem of being bisected by Hwy. 100.

How do you solve a problem like Edina? Building a land bridge is the solution proposed for the Twin Cities suburb.

But those ambitious plans are on the back burner for now, with Edina City Council clarifying that its vision for the project named Grandview Green won't be realized until well into the future.

Grandview Green seeks the solve a perennial problem in Edina, the fact that its neighborhoods are split up by Highway 100 north-to-south, and Hwy. 62 east-to-west.

The proposed project would have addressed at least part of that problem by creating a 750-foot long land bridge over Hwy. 100 at the West 50th Street exit, with Vernon Avenue South at the north end and Eden Avenue at the south.

This "freeway lid" would create 8 acres of public space and help join the neighborhoods currently separated by the busy highway.

But at a Housing and Redevelopment Authority meeting last week, the council responded to some confusion among local residents about how soon the development would arrive.

"If deemed viable, this is a complex concept that would require coordination among several government agencies and private sector investors," the city said in a statement. 

"There are no immediate plans to fund or construct this future public/private redevelopment concept."

Follow Bring Me The News on Flipboard for the latest stories

The Star Tribune reports that some community members had been under the impression that construction would commence at some point in the next few years.

In fairness to those residents, a presentation given to the council in August 2017 did highlight a 5-year plan for Grandview Green that would have seen construction start in 2020.

But the city's economic development manager Bill Neuendorf clarified that while they intend to consider the project in the future, "the future could be decades from now."

Next Up

mickey moore driver's license shared

Beleaguered Ward 9 city council candidate loses Strib endorsement

Mickey Moore has faced questions in recent days about where he actually lives.

CDC biohazard scientist health work

New clue may explain how rare tropical disease sickened Minnesotan

The disease, known as melioidosis, killed 2 people earlier this year.

Sen Mark Koran crop

MN lawmaker encourages donations for locals charged in Jan. 6 insurrection

"They are a good family!" Sen. Mark Koran wrote Friday.


Money Gal Coaching: Mastering the spiritual parts of money

Kelly Blodgett used her passion behind becoming debt free to launch Money Gal Coaching.

University of minnesota sign

U of M will now require proof that employees have been vaccinated for COVID

Previously, only students were required to be vaccinated.

Jim Hagedorn

Report reveals details about ethics investigation into Rep. Hagedorn

The congressman described the report's findings as "unfounded conclusions."


SkyWest cancels hundreds of flights due to server error

More than 80 have been canceled at MSP Airport.


First elk in more than 100 years spotted in parts of southern WI

The elk population was reintroduced to Wisconsin in recent decades.

grand marais

10 beautiful Minnesota cities to visit for outdoor adventures

These places are perfect for a day trip or a weekend getaway.


Screen Shot 2019-03-23 at 11.53.11 AM

Hwy. 100 re-opens after police incident in Edina

A large police presence is being reported.

Minnesota is now home to well over 100 renewable energy companies

The renewable energy sector is one of the fastest-growing industries in Minnesota.


Edina's Regis to sell remaining 3,108 company-owned hair salons

The haircare company will go to a fully franchised portfolio.

Galleria Edina

The Galleria in Edina has been put up for sale

The company that owns it bought the mall for $127 million in 2012.

Screen Shot 2019-03-23 at 1.29.07 PM

How sleeping in a vehicle led to 4-hour standoff that closed Hwy. 100

A 48-year-old man from St. Paul was taken into custody.

Edina student struck by hit-and-run driver at bus stop

The motorist fled the scene, with police now trying to find them.

Minneapolis approves new tower despite objections over rooftop sign

City planners had objected to a request for a sign at the top of the skyscraper.