Como Park bridge project underway

The pedestrian bridge will be restored to its Classic Revival architectural style. (Photo courtesy of the City of St. Paul)

The pedestrian bridge will be restored to its Classic Revival architectural style. (Photo courtesy of the City of St. Paul)

After several delays, work has begun on the footbridge project near the Historic Streetcar Station in Como Park.

First, LS Black Constructors of Maplewood will clear vegetation from around the bridge and lay a bituminous bicycle trail that will follow the alignment of the old streetcar tracks.

Then, either this fall or in the spring, bridge restoration work will get underway, with the bridge opened for pedestrian use next summer, according to Don Varney, City of St. Paul Parks and Recreation Department project manager.

The footbridge, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, once formed a main entrance to Como Park but was neglected and became little more than a ruin over time.

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